We'd like to introduce you to some CTF Members, though we expect you may have come across them before! TESTEX is an independent Swiss testing and certification organisation operating worldwide with the focus on textile testing. In addition to its headquarters in Zurich (Switzerland), TESTEX has twelve other branch offices, including here in Melbourne. Sustainability, transparency and ethical standards are core principles to which TESTEX is committed. With its testing and certification services TESTEX supports manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, brands and end-users.
TESTING, ANALYSING & CERTIFYING
TESTEX have been testing, analysing and certifying with the focus on the textile sector since 1846. With extensive expertise, many years of experience and technical know-how, they support customers on the path to high-quality textile products.
As an accredited, internationally recognised and independent testing laboratory they certify according to strict international regulations and standards.
Since 1993 TESTEX and 15 other OEKO-TEX® member institutes have systematically supported companies in the textile industry in more than 60 countries worldwide with independent certifications and services to implement greater sustainability and product responsibility along the global textile value chain. These certifications include:
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100
There are currently no defining legal requirements or laws in Australia for chemicals in textile products that are imported to protect consumers and monitor manufacturers. Many hazardous substances (such as azo colourants) are illegal in many countries such as Europe, India and China.
The implementation of the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification not only helps protect consumers from coming into contact with hazardous substances but also retailers of costly product recalls which can be seen forced by the ACCC.
OEKO-TEX® STeP certification ensures transparency through the entire textile supply chain. Manufacturers are assessed on:
- Social responsibility - e.g., no child labour, fair wages, working conditions
- Chemicals – e.g. chemicals & their use
- Quality management - e.g. based on ISO9001, documentation, traceability & risk management
- Environmental Management Systems –eg.IS014001 and others, legal objectives
- Safety - e.g. Worker & work place safety
- Environmental performance - e.g., efficiency, water, air & waste management & carbon foot print
Made In Green
Made in Green is a traceable product label created exclusively for textiles. Any textile items carrying the label has been:
- Made with textiles that have been tested for harmful substances (OEKO-TEX® Standard 100)
- Made in facilities that are environmentally friendly, (STeP)
- And made in a safe and socially responsible work place (STeP)
The LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for leather and leather articles of all levels of production. Articles that can be certified include semi-finished and finished leather products, leather fibre material and ready-made articles (garments of all types, accessories, leather gloves, leather handbags, leather covers etc).
A certification for sustainable textile chemicals, ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® offers textile chemical manufacturers a confidential and independent method to reassure their customers that chemicals, colorants, and auxiliaries are in line with the industry’s sustainability requirements and initiatives. ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certified chemicals protect consumers, textile industry workers, and the environment from the potential dangers of harmful substances.
Detox to Zero
DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® is the comprehensive verification and reporting system that prepares your facility for the requirements requested by the Detox campaign of Greenpeace. DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® continuously screens and offers you a transparent solution to meet the Detox goals.
The DETOX TO ZERO system is integrated and harmonized with the OEKO-TEX® portfolio. DETOX TO ZERO is a tailored solution, based on the established STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification, software and structure. It creates an easy and efficient way to capture production data and continuously monitors the progress.
Want to Know More?
Head to their website or get in touch with the TESTEX Melbourne Office manager:
Kate Barry Ph| 03 9863 8185 M| 0432240353 E| K.Barry@testex.com