Labels allow consumers to make comparisons between products and give consumers the ability to reduce the environmental impacts of their daily activities by purchasing environmentally preferable and healthy products and minimising their consequences during use and disposal. Depending on the label, the criteria aim more at environmental aspects or harmful substances. Eco-labelling schemes are voluntary and mostly set up by private organisations. However, the EU eco-label scheme regulated by law. The Öko-Tex Standard 100 is the world’s leading eco-label for textiles.
Products carrying this label have been tested and certified by internationally renowned textile institutes. Since 1992, the Öko-Tex Standard 100 has grown into an international standard on safety of textiles, applied in the entire textile production chain. More than 6000 companies worldwide active in textiles and clothing are involved in the Öko-Tex certification network. With over 50 000 certificates granted to millions of textile products, Öko-Tex standard 100 has become the world’s leading eco-label for textiles, other textile labels worth mentioning to include Toxproof, Nordic Swan, and blue Angel.