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Sustainable Efforts #2: Oeko-tex certification what is that anyway?

Have you been seeing this label more and more on textile products?

Why and what does it mean? If you want the EXACT definition, here is what Oeko-Tex says on their website:

If a textile article carries the STANDARD 100 label, you can be certain that every component of this article, i.e. every thread, button and other accessories, has been tested for harmful substances and that the article therefore is harmless for human health. The test is conducted by our independent OEKO-TEX® partner institutes on the basis of our extensive OEKO-TEX® criteria catalog. In the test they take into account numerous regulated and non-regulated substances, which may be harmful to human health. In many cases the limit values for the STANDARD 100 go beyond national and international requirements. The criteria catalog is updated at least once a year and expanded with new scientific knowledge or statutory requirements. It is not easy for manufacturers and customers to keep an overview of the legal situation concerning harmful substances every day. Our experts from the OEKO-TEX® institutes do this for you.

So why do I need this?

Have a certification process ensures that factories across the globe are all working off the same set of criteria. It helps the consumer have a high level of confidence that the products they are purchasing were made with the goal of human health. Every Factory receives a certification number that will be added to the label many times or will be on file with the retailer. 

For us, we want an assurance that our factory partners are working on all levels to produce safe and healthy products. We also look for water usage, water waste, energy uses and use of solar moving forward, employee programs like education and health and more. 

Is this like Organic?

No, actually to us it is better as it takes into account not just the fiber but the whole production process. Organic products can be Oeko-tex certified as well. 

Why does Once Again Home Co. only work with Oeko-tex factories? 

Every company needs to figure out their purpose and product. Ours is based on only carrying products that actually work as well as take on a sustainable effort. While there are a million ways to be sustainable, our focus is to make sure that the products also work. If you don't have products that absorb, feel soft, help you in some other way - you will not use them and what is the point of being sustainable. To use less resources! 


How can I check Once Again Home Co.'s Oeko-tex certification?

We will continue to develop amazing kitchen towels, cleaning cloths, napkins, beach towels and bath towels. Our motto is transparency so you we will place each of our partner's certification numbers here. If you ever have a question on our products or processes, please email us at support@onceagainhome.com

In good health and kindness,

Once Again Home Co.


Partner Oeko-Tex Labels:

Oeko-tex standard 100 for Once Again Home Co.