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TESTEX, an official representative of OEKO-TEX®, is a globally operating and independent Swiss testing and certification institute. Our expertise lies in testing, analysing and certifying textiles and leather. In addition to the headquarters in Switzerland, the TESTEX Group and its subsidiary OETI now operate with 30 branches (including Austria, China, Indonesia, Malaysia & South Korea) and over 300 employees worldwide. 

Sustainability, transparency and ethical standards are core principles to which TESTEX is committed. The TESTEX Group pursues long-term goals when it comes to sustainability. We are constantly working on tests and certifications to provide the best possible solutions for the apparel industry today and in the future. We are committed to the Sustainable Development Goals - a core component of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda. We’re actively helping to achieve the UN SDGs that affect the textile and leather industry.

OEKO-TEX® certification enables consumers and companies to protect our planet by making responsible decisions. It offers independent certifications and services to have products tested for harmful substances, to protect the environment and to ensure fair working conditions for people working in the textile and leather supply chain.

What’s new in 2022?

Impact Calculator

OEKO-TEX® supports climate change action and has launched the Impact Calculator - a tool which calculates both carbon and water footprint. This user-friendly digital tool provides production facilities with an initial estimate and assessment on the materials and process steps that contribute most to their overall environmental impact, allowingfacilities to improve operations, meet reduction targets and share their achievements with customers, investors and other stakeholders. Understanding and reporting carbon emissions and water usage across various production stages will likely be a standard requirement of every textile-related business in the future. The tool is available to any textile or leather production facility applying for or already holding a STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification.

RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS by OEKO-TEX® 

In mid-2022, OEKO-TEX® will introduce RESPONSIBLE BUSINESS by OEKO-TEX®, a new certification for brands,retailers and traders committed to international agreements for human rights and environmental protection. It has been developed in accordance with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and the relevant OECD Guidelines on Responsible Business Conduct. With this new certification we will support companies in fulfilling due diligence obligations within their own operations and their global textile and leather supply chains. These include supply chain mapping, risk identification, implementation of a complaints mechanism and public reporting. The pilot phase of the project is currently running, which we will be reporting on in the spring.

For more information about our services please visit testex.com

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  • Thursday, 01 September 2022

    Research Reveals Consumers' Understanding of Apparel Sustainability

    This spring, The LYCRA Company commissioned an online study on consumer attitudes related to a variety of sustainability topics. The research took place in the U.S., Germany, Italy, China, and Brazil, with a sample of three thousand adults1. This…
  • Tuesday, 02 August 2022

    Well Fashion: A New Direction for Materials and Products

    Fashion is on a journey. Our relationship with clothing is changing. Consumers now look for comfort and sustainability alongside style. Athleisure’s market dominance over the last decade has morphed into a trend for ‘well fashion’. There are…
  • Monday, 04 July 2022

    Reaping the rewards of recycling

    Dalena White of the International Wool Textile Organisation highlights some of the new evidence that should persuade the EU to update its PEF methodology. Wool has a unique position among clothing fibres when it comes to recycling. EU initiatives…
  • Monday, 30 May 2022

    Poll: global warming sector's top concern

    The LYCRA Company recently ran a mini survey with apparel industry experts to determine what they believe are the most significant issues facing the world today. The 65 respondents, who are in sustainability, sourcing, and product development roles,…
  • Tuesday, 03 May 2022

    Solving the problem of fibre fragmentation

    Microplastics area global environmental problem. They are found in every sea, from the Artic Ocean to the deepest seafloor sediment, and they are highly detrimental to sealife when ingested. A major source of marine microplastics is fibre fragments…
  • Tuesday, 05 April 2022

    Recycling Materials, Reducing Waste and Improving Industry Sustainability

    The LYCRA Company is hosting a series of global panel discussions with apparel industry experts on critical sustainability issues facing the sector. Today, we examine the industry’s waste problem and reveal recent survey results. We’ve all heard the…
  • Tuesday, 01 March 2022

    The ongoing evolution of CO dyeing

    Led by the younger generations, consumers today are more vocal than ever about environmental causes. Many now also factor sustainability into their purchasing decisions and expect businesses to be involved and help solve big challenges, like climate…
  • Wednesday, 05 January 2022

    James Heal advances offering in the Americas

    Textile testing expert, James Heal, has announced the opening of their first US-based office and a new network of distributors, enabling them to better service their customers in the Americas. Not only is the Sterling office now ready to support…
  • Thursday, 02 December 2021

    Lenzing enhances carbon-zero offer with Refibra

    One year since launching its carbon-zero Tencel-branded lyocell fibres, Austrian fibre manufacturer Lenzing says it has been pleased with the industry’s response to the ‘sustainable’ material as brands look to enhance their environmental…
  • Friday, 01 October 2021

    Innovate with Plant-based Performance Fabric

    Globally, there is a shift in consumer support toward conscious brands that have commitments to equitable workplaces, sustainable fabric choices, and intersectional environmentalism. According to Edited, a leading retail market analysis group,…
  • Wednesday, 01 September 2021

    ROICA by Asahi Kasei turns 50, unveils brand-new identity

    Since 1970, the Premium Stretch Fiber raises the bar in fashion, lingerie, activewear, hosiery and textiles with smart innovation. Today, ROICA™ shows its way in activating responsibility and contemporary performance with a human & circular centric…
  • Wednesday, 04 August 2021

    What we talk about when we talk about ‘green’

    Defining sustainability isn’t as easy as it looks. Jeannette Cook shares the latest contributions from the global wool industry. What makes a textile sustainable? Like a lot of things, as the pundits say, it depends on who you ask. Since some of the…
  • Friday, 02 July 2021

    New ECOSENSOR collection pairs comfort and performance

    The vision that lies behind ECOSENSOR™ is bold and ambitious: to keep nature, body and mind in perfect harmony. This ideal concept turns real in a versatile collection of eco - high-tech fabrics that embody new generation values of design,…
  • Wednesday, 02 June 2021

    Bringing clarity to the environmental performance of factories

    In the past decade, the textile and footwear industry has spared no effort in identifying the key considerations for the environmental performance of the supply chain, particularly with downstream suppliers, and implementing the measurements…
  • Thursday, 01 April 2021

    Enhancing Sustainability Through Supply Chain Partnerships

    As bluesign technologies enters its second decade of operations, CEO Jill Dumain says supply chain transparency and partnerships will be essential to keep sustainability on track following the global pandemic. As a former Patagonia executive, Dumain…
  • Monday, 01 February 2021

    The evolution of sustainable textiles: In-fiber wellness

    Brands are under increasing pressure to ensure sustainability in all aspects of their products. This pressure is perhaps most acute (and rightly so) for those brands that use textiles. Sustainable fibers have been a focal point for decades now, with…
  • Tuesday, 05 January 2021

    Coming Clean on Clothing

    A new scientific study led by researchers in Norway finds that people care for their clothes in different ways depending on the clothes are made of. This in turn, the researchers show, has significant effect on the use of resources needed for…
  • Tuesday, 01 December 2020

    The Case for Collaboration within the Industry

    The future of fibers is based on collaboration within the industry. Why? Pull back to look at the big picture of what the textile industry aims to achieve for success, growth and sustainability long-term. The list includes complex goals to address…
  • Tuesday, 03 November 2020

    Innovation for the next 20 years with Sorona

    The last two decades have been a tipping point for sustainability and the demand for stronger commitments in the next 20 is increasing. To see how far the industry has come, and what matters for the future, Sorona is reflecting on its history and…
  • Friday, 02 October 2020

    Beyond profit: value for society

    What if organizations would not only save money by establishing better business practices, but society would also visibly benefit from the actions of a company? A profitable return on investment (ROI) is a convincing pull factor for organizations to…
  • Tuesday, 01 September 2020

    C3.tools to simplify chemical compliance

    Multiple RSLs, risk matrices per materials, age, use, etc. multiple limits and substances aggregations, tests and more tests. Even in the ZDHC era we are still far from the harmonisation of chemical management. Life for suppliers is now more…
  • Monday, 03 August 2020

    How to Rethink High-Performance Textiles in an Eco-Friendly Future

    With environmental sustainability no longer just a buzzword, the textile industry is challenged to find a balance between providing consumers with high-performance apparel and doing so in an environmentally friendly way. How is this achievable…
  • Wednesday, 01 July 2020

    Achieve a sustainable workflow with Remote Colour Assessment

    Achieving colour consistency from batch to batch is very challenging. Colour matching is not only a time-consuming and costly procedure but has a huge impact on the environment. Adopting digital colour assessment can reduce carbon footprint and…
  • Monday, 01 June 2020

    Crystal’s 4Zero Collection – Denim Goes Green

    Denim is a must-have apparel item in the fashion loop. Eco-friendly denim has become the new trend and is in the global spotlight. Crystal International Group Limited spearheads the manufacturing of sustainable denim products to make denim go green…
  • Wednesday, 27 May 2020

    Eurojersey's environmental impact assessed with PEF

    Environmental impact is the footprint left by our journey on the planet, and it is not a light one: through time, our lifestyle has caused the Earth’s temperature to rise considerably, with catastrophic consequences for the climate and the…
  • Wednesday, 01 April 2020

    20 Years Ahead

    A lot has happened in the last 20 years. Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone. Facebook launched its social platform. The last 20 years were witness to technologies which changed communication and information sharing as we know it today. However, there is…
  • Tuesday, 03 March 2020

    Scaling up Cleaner Production with Sustainable Textile Solutions

    Over the last few years, the textile industry has seen a lot of traction on the topic of Sustainability. One of the discussions is on Cleaner Production (CP) as the supply chain struggles to meet the demanding needs of consumers and addressing…
  • Friday, 31 January 2020

    Reducing the carbon footprint in textile manufacturing

    It is well known that the textile industry has a sustainability problem. It is projected that by 2030 global clothing consumption will increase by 63% which is the equivalent of 500 bn new T-shirts. Over recent years the industry has come under the…
  • Wednesday, 08 January 2020

    DuPont™ Sorona® fabrics join the ‘YES’ list for PET compatible recycling

    Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Every day there are more designers and brands embracing sustainable practices, producing clothing that is made to last, and establishing recycling programs. As recycling programs continue to gain popularity among brands…
  • Friday, 06 December 2019

    Techtextil, Texprocess Americas to snapshot industry future

    The largest event for technical textiles, nonwovens, machinery, sewn products and equipment in the Americas returns to Atlanta, May 12-14, 2020. The themes for the 2020 editions are ‘Converging Technologies’ and ‘Igniting Progress’, emphasising the…
  • Monday, 04 November 2019

    No matter which way you spin it, Sorona performs

    In many respects, fast fashion has become synonymous with disposable clothing. According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the average American’s utilization of clothing has decreased 36 per cent in the last 15 years, resulting in nearly 82 pounds…
  • Wednesday, 02 October 2019

    Bluesign Finder – Easy Entry To Chemical Management

    The world’s first and most comprehensive positive chemical products list based on the highest verification level is now available for free. Access bluesign APPROVED chemical products and accelerate your chemical change management. What is the…
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