The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 is a comprehensive, global textile product safety certification program that tests textile products for chemical substances which are believed to be harmful to human health such as heavy metals, carcinogenic dye stuffs, pesticides, and formaldehyde.
The certification is independent and voluntary. The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certification was granted to GE after testing determined that its ePTFE untreated and oleophobic-treated membranes met the established standards.
“Our proprietary membranes provide a superior technology for air permeable, waterproof fabrics used in consumer, military and professional outdoor apparel and footwear,” says Chad Kelly, global product manager for eVent fabrics. “The OEKO-TEX certification is a reassurance that the membranes used in eVent fabrics meet the human-ecological requirements established for the OEKO-TEX standard.”
The membrane technology in eVent fabrics is air permeable and waterproof, with millions of tiny pores that can breathe at their full potential. This Direct Venting Technology allows body heat and moisture to pass through the fabrics in one easy step, versus the two-step process most other waterproof breathable technologies employ. Humans are capable of producing up to 1.5 liters of sweat per hour during strenuous activity and eVent’s Direct Venting Technology lets moisture move away from the body so the wearer stays dry and comfortable.
The International OEKO-TEX Association, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, was founded in 1992 by the Austrian Textile Research Institute and the German Hohenstein Research Institutes. Currently, its membership includes 15 independent textile research and testing institutes with 67 offices in 60 countries. To date, nearly 125,000 OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certificates have been issued—with more than 12,000 issued per year—and 9,500 companies in 90 countries are working with OEKO-TEX to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances.
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