The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used. Oeko – Tex website
Oeko-Tex certification is about how the fabric is processed, including things like dyes and finishes. Oeko-Tex textiles and fabrics are certified free of harmful chemicals and are safe for human use.
To attain Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification, the fabric has been tested and certified to be free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances known to be harmful to human health.
o The certification is voluntary
o It must be updated annually
o Certification is conducted by independent third party laboratories
o The criteria for Oeko-Tex testing is reviewed every year, so they’re always up to date
o The testing takes into account every conceivable way that harmful substances can enter the body
o Oeko-Tex is a global standard, so it’s the same in every country
Your skin is permeable, so if you’re using towels that have been processed with harmful chemicals, those chemicals can be absorbed into your body. You should always wash new towels before use anyway, but the Oeko-Tex certification is your guarantee that your new towels have been processed without harmful chemicals.
Organic and Oeko-Tex certified mean different things and luckily for you earthgrin towel carry both certifications.
To be certified organic fabrics such as cotton, wool, bamboo, hemp, flax and other natural fibers must be grown and produced under stringent standards that relate to the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. To be labeled organic, the fabric must also meet fiber production and processing standards from the likes of GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) or ACO (Australian Certified Organic).