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OEKO-TEX®: building trust through transparency

For more than 30 years, OEKO-TEX® has worked to enable companies and consumers to make responsible choices that preserve our planet for future generations, a commitment that has become increasingly urgent in recent decades.

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March 2024

OEKO-TEX®: building trust through transparency

To achieve its goal, OEKO-TEX® takes measures to foster scientific insight and innovation within the leather and textile industry, and the international association’s 17 Research and Analytical Institutes work closely with manufacturers to develop high-quality leather products at all stages of the value chain.

OEKO-TEX®’s global industry vision is, therefore, a great added value for brands, manufacturers, retailers and consumers. The association focuses, in particular, on transparency and traceability, which is reflected in the growth rate in 2023 of the OEKO-TEX® MADE IN GREEN product label: in fact, compared to the prescribed period, the labels issued increased by 52 percent. MADE IN GREEN is a traceable product label for all kinds of textiles and leather products that have been manufactured in responsible facilities under safe and socially responsible working conditions. It also reassures consumers that the product is tested for harmful substances.

One prerequisite for MADE IN GREEN is that the product is certified according to the OEKO-TEX® LEATHER STANDARD. ​This is an internationally standardised testing and certification system for leather and leather goods at all production levels. The certification supports companies along the supply chain with the implementation of high human-ecological product safety. The OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue is updated annually to comply with international regulations such as REACH.  

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