- What is ‘skin friendly cotton?’
Although a T-shirt may well contain the purest cotton available, this refers to the raw material and not how it has been processed. During the dyeing and finishing process chemicals can be used which can affect the wearer and the environment. If allowed to be absorbed into the fabric these chemicals can cause skin irritation.
- How can I avoid this risk?
Developed in 1992 by a group of European textile institutes the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Mark (sometimes abbreviated to Oko-Tex) is a global standard that sets strict limits on the amount of harmful substances which can be found in the product. Find out more about Oko-Tex’s work on their Website
The Oeko-Tex Label
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is widely regarded as the industry benchmark in the field of human ecology, since it provides a thorough and rigorously scrupulous screening scheme, which sets more stringent limits than current EC legislation on banned or restricted substances used in textile manufacture. The Oeko-Tex test even searches for chemicals not currently banned by legislation but are considered potentially hazardous such as: Banned Carcinogenic Dyestuffs, Allergenic Dyestuffs, Extractable Heavy Metals, Flame Retardants, Formaldehyde, Loose Dye/Colour, Organo-tin Compounds, Phthalates (plasticizers), Chlorinated Aromatic Compounds and Volatile Organics.
Here at polo-shirts.co.uk all of our ‘Fruit of the Loom’, ‘Hanes’ and ‘Stedman’ branded stock carries an Oko-tex certification that signifies, not only do the t-shirts contain 100% cotton, but also that this cotton has been treatred conscientiously to create the safest possible t-shirt for you and your family.
Fruit of the Loom’s ‘skin-friendly’ clothing