Thread manufacturer American & Efird (A&E) has made Oeko-Tex Certification part of its sustainability monitoring.

Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification is only granted to products free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances that are believed to be dangerous to human health.

“With our large, global manufacturing network, Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification ensures that our products consistently meet the high quality and product safety standards we expect no matter where they are made,” said John Eapen, A&E’s vice president of environmental, health and safety.

Oeko-Tex also tests for colour fastness and pH levels.

“Product safety is a key component of A&E’s total sustainability strategy,” added Eapen. “Safe products are sustainable products. First, we develop products that are harmless for the people who make and use them then we make those products in ways that are socially and environmentally responsible. We have taken this approach for more than two decades.”

 As chair of the American Apparel and Footwear Association’s Environmental Committee, Eapen worked with other industry leaders to create the first AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL) which was published in 2007. Release 7 will be published this month.