Eco-friendly Zippers: Environmental Standards of ECO-Label and Oeko-Tex

Eco-friendly Zippers factory

With the rapid development of textile industry, people’s awareness of environmental protection has been improved greatly and their mentality of returning to nature has been more and more strong as well. Effected by this trend, eco-friendly garment accessories like zippers and buttons gradually come into vogue.

There are many environmental standards used in textile industy. For example, in 1992, ECO-Label and Oeko-Tex certification had been formed for providing the guarantee of the ecological security of textiles. Later, in 1997, European Economic Community took the lead in issuing the Directive 671548/EEC and putting forward the prohibition on the use of AZO dyes that can release certain carcinogenic aromatic amines in textile and leather in European Economic Community countries.

The ECO-Label issued by European Economic Community owns considerable legal status to some extent. What it advocates is the whole evaluation of ecological standards, covering all potential impacts on the environment of a kind of product during the whole life cycle. For instance, evaluating the potential damages harmful to environment, ecology and human health produced during the whole life of textile products from planting, manufacturing, spinning, pretreatment, dyeing, finishing, making garment to processing waste.

Oeko-Tex Standard 100
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is used to test the properties of textiles in affecting human health, which focuses on the possible impact of a certain product in a certain period on the environment. Compared with ECO-Label, it is more in line with the present stage of economy, technology and social development, widely used in textile industry around the world.

The standard divides textile products into 4 classes, ranging from products for infants, products directly contacting with the skin, products indirectly contacting with the skin to the furnishing materials. It also lists known harmful substances possibly existing in textile products and clothing. Harmful substances forbidden to be used in textiles includes AZO dyes, carcinogenic dyes, formaldehyde, pesticides, chlorinated phenols, chlorobenzene and toluene, extractable heavy metals, phthalates, organotins, volatile organic gases, bad odors, bioactive products and flameresistant materials and so on.

The standard, which includes more than 100 test parameters to ensure that textiles are harmless to human health and environment, are tested by testing organizations accredited by the International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile Ecology. If products pass the certification, the manufacturer is able to obtain authorization to print the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 label on their products.

SBS Zipper strictly controls product quality from raw material to production, and has obtained the certification of Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Bluesign system and ISO quality management system. We are committed to providing all customers with high-quality zipper products that meet the eco-friendly standard requirements and customer needs.

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