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Industrial Safety industries - 2 min read - 02 February 2023

OEKO-TEX® Made in Green Explained

Have you noticed this tag on a textile or leather product? “OEKO-TEX® MADE IN GREEN.” For wearers who care about the environmental and social impacts and safety of their garments, that little label says a lot about the production of the garment it’s attached to.

As awareness of the sizeable ecological footprint of the textiles industry continues to grow, end users are keen to ensure that their protective workwear is produced in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible way and is safe to wear, without sacrificing any protective features. So how can OEKO-TEX® Made in Green labeling help end users know their garments meet the highest sustainability, safety, and social responsibility requirements?

What Is OEKO-TEX®?

OEKO-TEX® certifications promote sustainability, trust, and transparency in the textiles and leather industries. Products bearing the OEKO-TEX® Made in Green label must have achieved two OEKO-TEX® certifications: OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, which certifies products, and OEKO-TEX® STeP, which certifies manufacturing facilities. 

Products with the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification have been rigorously tested against harmful substances such as chemicals, heavy metals, nickel, or pesticides, and must be re-certified each year by a notified body to prove that they continue to be safe. 


The OEKO-TEX® STeP certificate for manufacturing facilities is valid for three years at a time, with random compliance audits from the notified body in between. The auditor reviews the facility for adherence to standards in these key focus areas:

  • Environmental Performance
  • Environmental Management
  • Chemical Management
  • Social Responsibility
  • Quality
  • Health & Safety Aspects

There are three possible levels of performance for a facility to achieve. Level 1 indicates a minimum level of compliance, with Level 3 representing the ideal implementation of best practices. We’re proud to report that in 2021, TenCate Protective Fabrics Europe received the highest grade of Level 3.

Made in Green

The OEKO-TEX® Made in Green label is a way to show that a product and the facility it’s made in have met the precise requirements of and received both OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 and OEKO-TEX® STeP certifications. These two certifications together affirm that the product in question is:

  • Made in an environmentally friendly facility
  • Tested for and free from harmful substances
  • Made in a socially responsible and safe workplace

Why It Matters

As our industry continues to shift toward incorporating more environmentally and socially conscious practices, certifications like OEKO-TEX® Made in Green are key to moving in the right direction. In the workwear industry, more and more members of the supply chain are seeking out partners who value the transparency and sustainability that an OEKO-TEX® Made in Green label signifies. 

At TenCate Protective Fabrics, we are proud to prove our commitments to reducing the eco-footprint of our products and ensuring our workplaces are safe and sustainable by adhering to the OEKO-TEX® certifications required for OEKO-TEX® Made in Green labeling for our products produced in the EU and distributed in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.  

Are You Made in Green?

Check out our quick and easy Eco-Fabrics Footprint Calculator to measure the environmental impact of your (future) workwear fabrics to see where you stand. Once you know where you’re starting from, you can build a plan for how to make further progress towards your company’s sustainability and social responsibility goals. 


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