Oeko-Tex label for non-toxic leather goods
When it comes to leather products, consumers are very sensitive. Especially baby products such as baby’s slippers or lambskins should be free of harmful substances. The Leather Standard label from Oeko-Tex, introduced at the beginning of 2017, ensures transparency.
Oeko-Tex is known, among other things, for the world’s leading Standard 100, which is awarded to textiles tested for harmful substances. At present, 10,000 manufacturers, brands and trading companies in almost 100 countries work with Oeko-Tex. Now, the Leather Standard should also contribute to effective consumer protection in the broad market segment of leather goods. The test criteria and limit values are updated annually and are globally binding. Researchers examine leather products for formaldehyde, heavy metals such as chromium VI, chromium, arsenic, lead and cadmium, pesticides, chlorinated phenols, phthalates, process preservatives and banned azo and other colorants. In addition, product properties such as color fastness and odor are also tested.
Many consumers are unsettled by negative headlines
Some leather products have made negative headlines in recent years. Substances such as the allergenic chrome VI were found in baby slippers. This contributed to consumer uncertainty and increased the pressure on manufacturers to ensure transparency. This is where the Leather Standard Certificate comes in. Oeko-Tex General Secretary Georg Dieners is delighted with the success: “The positive response shows that the Leather Standard meets a genuine market need. Consumer demand has also risen sharply, as the label contributes to effective consumer protection”.
International companies already awarded the Oeko-Tex Leather Standard
Since the introduction of the Leather Standard in January 2017, a wide variety of manufacturers worldwide has already had its products labelled with the Oeko-Tex label for leather goods: from goatskin rugs and leather clothing to leather handbags from the Italian noble brand Zanellato. The first certifications were obtained by sheepskin producer G.L. Bowron, the Hofbrucker tannery and suppliers to the LIDL retail chain. The world’s largest tanner of lambskins and sheepskins Henan Prosper Skins & Leather Enterprise has also been evaluated. “The independent certification according to the Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex helps us to receive more orders from our customers”, says Sales Manager Gongcheng Zha.
Usage of the well-known Oeko-Tex label for customer communication
In addition, the label is a plus for many companies in customer communication. You can use the Oeko-Tex label, which is well-known to consumers, as a sales argument in over-the-counter shops and online shops. Leroy Parker, Technical Director of Australia’s Auskin Group, one of the industry’s leading suppliers of sheepskins, confirms this: “The Leather Standard gives our customers immediate assurance that our products have been extensively tested as part of a system directly tailored to our product area.”
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