Textile manufacturing includes, obtaining the raw materials, pre-treatment, dyeing and printing, labelling the final products and packaging, these processes can have a negative impact on the ecological environment and human health, as they can involve various chemicals and toxins that could cause environmental issues, resulting in severe human allergies and skin irritations, immune and reproductive system disruption, or even cause cancer.
As it is becoming a way of life to be more sustainable and eco-fashion is the new trend of the future, many global companies have switched to eco-friendly manufacturing. Textile companies are focusing more on sustainable products that meet the environmental and social aspects, helping to gain competitive advantages. Sustainable and eco-friendly materials are also favourable to meet the market demands of top-quality products.
Eco-friendly fabrics or textiles are generally defined as fabrics that have been made with a minimum use of chemicals and pesticides. They are naturally resistant to mould and mildew and are disease free. Here is a list of various types of eco-friendly materials:
- Recycled materials
- Natural materials
- Organic cotton
- Wood and paper
OEKO Tex Standard 100 is an international lab testing and textile certification, applicable to both fabrics and finished clothing, which sets the bar higher than any government or state agency in the world. It includes legal regulations such as, AZO colorants, formaldehyde, pentachlorophenol, cadmium, nickel, etc. As well as, numerous harmful chemicals that are not yet legally regulated. If all the components of textile products meet the required criteria without exception, they may be certified according to OEKO Tex Standard 100
OEKO Tex separates products into 4 classes:
- Class 1: Textiles for babies (0 – 3 years)
- Class 2: Underwear, t-shirts, socks and beddings (Direct skin contact)
- Class 3: Jackets, coats and other clothing (Not direct skin contact)
- Class 4: Furniture and home textiles (curtains, sofa covers, cloths, etc)
HQTS has a team of professional testing engineers who provide one-stop textile testing services in accordance with ASTM, AATCC, ISO, EN, JIS, GB and many more. Our internationally recognised testing services help you to improve the quality of your products and meet specific regulations. Contact us today to find out how we can help you navigate current quality control challenges in the textile industry.