The product solutions provider launched the Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex, a new certification for leather goods, at its general managers meeting in Belgium last month. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Oeko Tex is adding its extensive testing and certification system for leather products next year.
Starting in January 2017, leather producers and suppliers will be able to have their products evaluated by the International Oeko-Tex Association. The new Leather Standard product label will be used to distinguish leather products that fulfill the requirements of the certification’s criteria. With the Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex, leather manufacturers will be able to prove that their products are free from harmful chemicals. The certification criteria will also act as a reliable decision-making tool for consumers who purchase leather goods.
New partnerships will also stem from the certification launch.
The Research Institute of Leather and Plastic Sheeting in Germany (Forschungsinstitut für Leder und Kunststoffbahnen—FILK) and the Test and Research Institute Pirmasens (Prüf- und Forschungsinstitut Pirmasens e.V. – PFI) will work with Oeko-Tex next year. FILK, PFI and Oeko-Tex’s six established institutes will conduct certifications and testing according to the Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex from 2017 onward.
“We are delighted to see our network of 18 Oeko-Tex institutes growing steadily and that we managed to obtain such experience and renowned expertise in the field of leather goods production with our two new members,” Oeko-Tex CEO and general secretary Georg Dieners said. “Ultimately, our greatest concern is ensuring consumer protection and environmentally friendly production throughout every area of textile and leather processing.”