Elastics and trims supplier AEC Narrow Fabrics, formerly known as Asheboro Elastics, has been awarded the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification, ensuring its knitted and woven narrow fabrics are free of harmful levels of more than 300 potentially harmful substances.

The certification, which was awarded for the company's products made in its El Salvador and Honduras manufacturing facilities, means they can be used without concern in other Oeko-Tex certified products.

"The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification is an important element of our overall quality assurance and product safety programmes," says Charles Adams, president of AEC Narrow Fabrics. "This voluntary certification is recognised and respected by our customers around the world, especially by those who are Oeko-Tex certified themselves."

The modular nature of the Oeko-Tex certification allows manufacturers to take credit for their suppliers' certifications when applying for certification for their own products, therefore saving time and expense.

"With Oeko-Tex certification, we're giving our customers another reassurance that our products are made with respect for the wellbeing of our associates, our customers' associates, and the consumers who ultimately use the products that include our narrow fabrics," Adams adds.

The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 list of concerning chemicals includes residual pesticides, carcinogenic dyestuffs, phthalates, heavy metals, and formaldehyde. It is updated annually and reflects the latest advances in textile chemistry, up-to-date medical knowledge, and the current state of textile product safety regulations.

Earlier this year the certification body introduced a new Eco Passport testing programme that verifies whether textile chemicals, auxiliaries and dyes can be used in sustainable textile production.

Oeko-Tex launches Eco Passport chemicals certification