Voksi Oeko-Tex

Why is Oeko-Tex® so important to Voksi®?

You probably have heard of the Oeko-Tex® certification before – but do you know what it means exactly and why it is so important for Voksi to be certified by Oeko-Tex®?

For us at Voksi® it is absolutely essential that our products are produced in the safest way possible and have the highest material quality. Let’s find out why. We have talked to Ida Ising, Head of Design at Voksi®, and Jørgen Nielsen, who represents the Teknologisk Institut in Denmark – one of 18 independent and accredited facilities for textile testing and research in Europe and Japan.

What is Oeko-Tex®?

Voksi Oeko-Tex certified productsOeko-Tex® is a worldwide association of independent research and testing institutes for product safety and sustainable production in the textile industry.  While there are many other certifications within the association, the standard 100 by Oeko-Tex® was introduced in 1992 and is used for testing and certification of textile products.

As the test criteria and limit values in many cases are more comprehensive and strict than required by national and international standards, Oeko-Tex® is aiming to be one step ahead. The criteria change consecutively according to new results within medical science.

“The entire product is tested”, Ida Ising explains, “Zippers, buttons, sewing threads, labels, hang tags… everything! The requirements are stricter when the skin contact is more intensive and the skin is more sensitive. That is why Voksi® products are now produced and tested according to the product class 1 – articles for babies and toddlers up the age of 3.”

Materials tested for the product class 1 additionally need to prove high colour fastness and show no atypical odours.

The process
It has taken a whole year for Voksi® to fulfil the process and get certified. “It has been a challenging process, as it should be. We need to cooperate with suppliers in order to find subcontractors that comply with the Oeko-Tex® 100 standard, class 1”, Ida  explains.

Besides being thorough, the certification process also requires financial commitment. Not only does the testing cost money, but high demands are also placed on the administration in order to control every aspect of the production.

Voksi Ida Ising

Ida Ising

“Committing to such demands has been a conscious decisions”, Ida says, “We want to offer products where we can be absolutely sure that they will not do harm in any way. Safety has always been important to us, but we wanted to put it into a system. Oeko-Tex® as the most well-known and respected standard worldwide for testing harmful substances provided such a reliable system.”

It is absolutely vital for Ida that Voksi® can offer the best products on the market and she is very passionate about this subject.

“The involvement of a third party ensures that our products live up to the strictest possible health requirements. I hope that it will make our customers feel safer when they choose our products.”


Certification

A certification is valid for 12 months. The International Oeko-Tex Association control tests at least 25% of all issued certificates each year by performing sampling.

Jørgen Nielsen works for the Teknologisk Institut in Aarhus, Denmark, which is responsible for the testing of Voksi® products. He confirms the thoroughness of the process: “In addition to the sampling, Oeko-Tex® also controls the product once a year in collaboration with the product owner to make sure that it still fulfils the requirements.”

Why choose  a product certified by Oeko-Tex®?

What does an Oeko-Tex® certification mean for you as a consumer? This certification contributes to high and effective product safety. It for instance signals you that a certified product can be used immediately and does not require washing it before.

“We can assure that our products do not contain any toxic or allergic substances. Unfortunately, this is not always the case for some of the other clothes and products on the market. This is problematic because children often suck on fabric and because many chemicals have harmful long-term effects, such as cancer and damages in relevance to the reproduction system”, Ida explains.

Oeko-Tex Standard 100

How does Oeko-Tex® differ from national and international standards and requirements? “Those standards do not always follow the precautionary principle. That’s why Oeko-Tex® is more restrictive”, Jørgen elaborates, “We pay close attention to developments within legislation, science and organisations and act in regards to the total amount of information. This way, we can react quickly.”

Jørgen is certain in why consumers should choose products certified by Oeko-Tex®: “It is less likely to find harmful substances in a product certified by Oeko-Tex® than in those without the certification.”

Do you want to read more about Oeko-Tex®? You can find further information on their website.