Business FAQs

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®

Every qualifying company within the textile and leather supply chain can label its products and product lines with the MADE IN GREEN. This applies not only to manufacturers, but also to converters, wholesalers, retailers and brands. The product must be STANDARD 100 or LEATHER STANDARD certified and all manufacturers of read-made clothes must be certified according to STeP.

To apply for MADE IN GREEN please fill in the application form.

A MADE IN GREEN label can be issued immediately. On average it takes only a few days provided that the conditions regarding MADE IN GREEN are fulfilled, the relevant certificates (STANDARD 100, LEATHER STANDARD, STeP) are already valid and the suppliers accept your requests immediately.

There are different label and hang tag options that can be used by your company. To find out more, see our Labelling Guide.

Yes, if you don't produce textile or leather goods yourself and your suppliers fulfil the MADE IN GREEN conditions, you can issue MADE IN GREEN labels. Brands and retailers can re-label their supplier’s MADE IN GREEN product ID under their own company name but only when fulfilling all requirements mentioned in the MADE IN GREEN Standard, annex 3.2, page 25.

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®

Any manufacturer of textile articles in every stage of processing.

To apply for STANDARD 100 please complete the application form. Please submit your application to an OEKO-TEX® partner institute of your choice.

The cost for the STANDARD 100 certification comprise of the costs for the licence, the compulsory company audit and the laboratory and administrative tests. The precise costs for harmful-substance testing are based on the testing expenses for the respective textile product or material and can be obtained within the context of a cost estimate with the appointed OEKO-TEX® institute. Through the use of already certified source materials, the financial costs for the laboratory tests can be reduced significantly, so that duplicated tests are not necessary. At the individual stages of production, only new additions are tested. Due to the modular system used in STANDARD 100 certification, the testing costs are distributed across the companies along the textile chain.

The duration of the certification process depends on individual factors. You can influence these factors by good preparation - with information and documents as complete as possible, e.g. within the scope of your certification application. The testing institute will then be able to discuss the specific testing effort and the resulting time requirements with you.

Supplements to STANDARD 100 are amendments that relate to very specific market segments and article groups which can be handled better with a unilateral approach.

At present, there are two supplements to STANDARD 100:

1) Supplement ‘Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Materials for PPE (as well as for military garments and uniforms comparable to PPE)’

2) Supplement ‘Special Articles’

Personal protective equipment includes protective clothing for firefighters, weatherproof clothing or chemical protection clothing, for example. Typical articles for the ‘Special Articles’ supplement are, for example, prams, suitcases, rucksacks, orthopaedic aids, sets of curtains, chairs and loungers etc.

LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®

Any manufacturer of leather goods in every stage of processing can apply for the LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® certification.

To apply for LEATHER STANDARD please use the application form. Please submit your application to an OEKO-TEX® partner institute of your choice.

The cost for the LEATHER STANDARD certification comprise of the costs for the licence, the compulsory company audit and the laboratory and administrative tests. The precise costs for harmful-substance testing are based on the testing expenses for the respective textile product or material and can be obtained within the context of a cost estimate with the appointed OEKO-TEX® institute. Through the use of already certified source materials, the financial costs for the laboratory tests can be reduced significantly, so that duplicated tests are not necessary. At the individual stages of production, only new additions are tested. Due to the modular system used in LEATHER STANDARD certification, the testing costs are distributed across the companies along the textile chain. 

The duration of the certification process depends on individual factors. You can influence these factors by good preparation - with information and documents as complete as possible, e.g. within the scope of your certification application. The testing institute will then be able to discuss the specific testing effort and the resulting time requirements with you.

STeP by OEKO-TEX®

The certification is suitable for production facilities at all processing stages. STeP by OEKO-TEX® addresses facilities across the entire textile and leather production chain, including:

Textile:

  • Dry spinning, twisting and related processes
  • Wet spinning and related processes
  • Weaving, knitting, production of non-wovens and related processes
  • Dyeing, printing, finishing, coating and related processes
  • Making up of products through cutting, sewing and related processes

Leather:

  • Beamhouse
  • Tanning
  • Retanning, dyeing, fatliquoring
  • Finishing of leather
  • Making up of leather products

Others:

  • Manufacturing of accessories (e.g. zips, buttons, labels)
  • Manufacturing of foams and mattresses
  • Textile & Leather logistics
  • Other (e.g. non-agricultural fibre production)

The costs consist of a basic certification fee plus additional costs. The additional cost depend on the size and the processes of the company, the support during and evaluation of the online assessment, the preparation, execution and documentation of the audit, the issuing of the certificate and the travel expenses for the auditor.

An average period of at least three to six months can be expected from the time of application, data collection and evaluation to the audit and issue of the certificate. The actual period of time, however, crucially depends on how long the facility will take to complete the online assessment.

Yes. Other certifications such as the ISO 9001, ISO 14001, SA8000 or OHSAS 18001/ISO 45001 that actively support sustainability efforts within your company are an excellent starting point for a STeP certification and can be integrated without any problem. Please have a look into Annex 8 of our STeP Standard.

ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) is an industry-driven initiative with the aim of preventing and eliminating dangerous chemicals. OEKO-TEX® supports the ZDHC initiative and ensures, through various OEKO-TEX® services, compliance with the ZDHC MRSL. The STeP MRSL already covers all chemicals banned from intentional use by the latest ZDHC MRSL. The STeP chemical list also covers all substances and parameters required by the ZDHC wastewater guideline. OEKO-TEX® acknowledges the ZDHC list of provisionally accepted laboratories for wastewater testing as a reference list of accredited institutes (see ZDHC website). 

No. The STeP by OEKO-TEX® label with your individual certificate number must not be used for product labelling. According to our terms of use, you are only allowed to use the STeP label for B2B communication. More information on the use of the STeP label and our consumer labels MADE IN GREEN, STANDARD 100 and LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® can be found in our OEKO-TEX® labelling guide

DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX®

The independent verification is aimed at wet facilities along the entire supply chain of the textile and leather industry.

The costs for DETOX TO ZERO depend on the size of the company, the completeness and accuracy of the chemical inventory as well as the extent to which the company has already implemented measures regarding environmental protection. The system fee (excl. VAT) includes a report valid for one year. Additional costs are the man-days for support during online assessment, preparation, execution and documentation of the audit, issuing of the report and the travel expenses for the auditors. Costs for wastewater/sludge testing are not included.

You should plan up to eight weeks from starting the application until receiving the first status report. The process can be shortened or extended. For example, getting the results from the wastewater and/or sludge testing can take up to three weeks. Please contact your OEKO-TEX® Institute for further information.

The Detox campaign is a Greenpeace initiative formed to bring attention to pollution in the textile industry and to raise awareness about hazardous chemicals used within the industry. The goal of the Greenpeace campaign is to end toxic water pollution globally. The DETOX TO ZERO system provides an easy-to-use tool which determines the chemicals used in textile and leather production, analyses MRSL compliance of such chemicals, reports the conformity status and outlines improvements. DETOX TO ZERO helps manufacturers and purchasers, as well as brands and retailers, monitor and fulfil the individual Detox and environmental protection commitments.

ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) is an industry-driven initiative with the aim of preventing and eliminating dangerous chemicals. OEKO-TEX® supports the ZDHC initiative and ensures, through various OEKO-TEX® services, compliance with the ZDHC MRSL. The DTZ MRSL already covers all chemicals banned from intentional use by the latest ZDHC MRSL. The DTZ chemical list also covers all substances and parameters required by the ZDHC wastewater guideline. OEKO-TEX® acknowledges the ZDHC list of provisionally accepted laboratories for wastewater testing as a reference list of accredited institutes (see ZDHC website). 

The DETOX TO ZERO process requires the facility to provide an up-to-date wastewater and sludge testing report. An OEKO-TEX® auditor will verify if the test results are in compliance with the DETOX TO ZERO requirements. More details about the parameters and values can be found in the DETOX TO ZERO Guideline. OEKO-TEX® acknowledges testing results from any accredited testing laboratory. For further information please contact your OEKO-TEX® institute.

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®

Any Company that produces or trades chemicals, colourants and auxiliaries, which are used for the production of textiles and leathers.

The cost for the ECO PASSPORT certification comprise of the costs for the licence, the laboratory and administrative tests as well as the voluntary Self-Assessment and On-Site Visit. The exact costs are calculated by a basic certification fee plus additional costs which depend on the amount and type of products which are to be certified, the test criteria specific to the products, the support during the application, the disclosure level, the evaluation of the assessment, the quality of the samples the preparation, execution and documentation of the voluntary On-Site Visit and the issuing of the certificate. 

An average period of at least three months can be expected from the time of application, data collection and evaluation to the audit and issue of the certificate. The actual period of time, however, crucially depends on how long the facility will take to provide all relevant documentation, samples and how long it takes to answer the assessment questionnaire.

OEKO-TEX® recognises that chemical recipes including bills of substances (BoS) are highly valued, proprietary information. However, OEKO-TEX® requires the publication of all constituent substances and known contaminants / by-products that are regulated by OEKO-TEX® or that are classified as hazardous in accordance with GHS or article 57 of the REACH regulation 1907/2006. By declaring all constituent substances and contaminants, the testing effort is reduced as are the costs for the Analytical Verification of the certification process. The information a chemical producer provides is encrypted and stored by the certifying institute and OEKO-TEX®.

Yes, ECO PASSORT certified chemicals meet all product classes of STANDARD 100 (see ANNEX 4 & 6). Under some circumstances the ECO PASSPORT certificate will have restrictions which are shown transparently. The specified parameters have to be checked on the finished textiles and leathers.