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The Eco- label system allows the products of manufac-turers, retailers or service providers to carry the distinctive ' Flower' label for marketing purposes throughout the 27 Member States of the EU. The criteria for textiles were revised ( in July 2009) and are now valid until 2013. The Flower brand is widely recognised within industry circles as a rigorous environmental standard although consumer recognition of the ' Flower' - especially in textiles is limited. A new product group, textile floor coverings has been added to the Eco- Label rules and the standard will soon develop its own social criteria under the new regulation that will enter into force by the beginning of 2011. The latest version of the textiles criteria states the main aim of the label is to promote the reduction of water pollution related to the key processes throughout the textile manufacturing chain, including fibre production, spinning, weaving, knitting, bleaching, dyeing and finishing. The European- wide approach of the Eco- Label is intended for manufacturers to avoid having to make an application in every country as well as time- consuming and costly procedures. The same logo is used regardless of the product group, in a bid to eliminate consumer confusion. The label is awarded only to those products with the lowest environmental impact in a product range. 18 Eco- Textile Labelling Guide 2010 The voluntary scheme is aimed at promoting pan European sustainable production and consumption. Ecological criteria The criteria are divided into three main categories concerning textile fibres, processes and chemicals, and fitness for use. Fibre criteria Fibre- specific criteria are set in this section for acrylic, cotton and other natural cellulosic seed fibres, elastane, flax and other bast fibres, greasy wool and other keratin fibres, man- made cellulose fibres, polyamide, polyester and polypropylene. Other fibres for which no fibre specific criteria are set are also allowed, with the exception of mineral fibres, glass fibres, metal fibres, carbon fibres and other inorganic fibres. The criteria set in this section for a given fibre- type need not be met if that fibre Eco- label At a glance: Scope of standard Eco- labelCoveredNot covered Organic ? Genetic modification ? Water effluent ? Air emissions ? Energy consumption ? Worker safety ? Consumer safety ? Social criteria ? ( to be developed soon) RSL/ Chemical residues ? Responsible water use ? Eco- textile standards

The OEKO- TEX ® Standard 100 is an independent testing system for products at all processing stages of the textile chain, including accessories. It is success fully used worldwide to provide security against possible harmful substances. The International OEKO- TEX ® Association consists of 14 well- known textile research and testing institutes in Europe and Japan, and representative offi ces and contacts in, currently, 40 countries. The addresses of the international institutes and certifi cation offi ces can be found at www. oeko- tex. com OEKO- TEX ® Association Secretariat Gotthardtstr. 61 | Postfach 2056 CH- 8027 Zürich Phone + 41 44 2064235 Fax + 41 44 2064251 info@ oeko- tex. com OEKO- TEX ® Certification Office Kaiserstraße 39 D- 60329 Frankfurt am Main Phone + 49 69 4003408- 0 Fax + 49 69 4003408 299 info@ certification- oekotex. com OEKO- TEX ® Standard 100 - Opens Unlimited Textile Markets www. oeko- tex. com