by Neus Jorda

During 2017 the Association celebrated its 25th year: to commemorate the event, the OEKO-TEX® Association has conducted the study “The key to confidence: the consumer and their attitude to Textile Sustainability. Changes in behaviour and perspectives”, whose objective is to evaluate consumer attitudes towards textile sustainability.

The opinions of more than 11,000 consumers on textiles in general and more specifically home textiles, were taken into account by the study. The opinions were collected online and looked at aspects including climate change, hazardous substances in textiles and the social wellbeing of workers in the industry, among other questions.


The international OEKO-TEX® association is made up of 18 independent technology centres from Europe and Japan and has offices all over the world.

AITEX is the official institute in Spain and issues certificates in accordance with OEKO-TEX® standards of quality. Associate institutes are responsible for analysing products according to the methods and approaches established by a range of standards: STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® and LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®, as well as issuing production certificates in compliance with STeP by OEKO-TEX® (sustainable textile production) and the chemical substance management tool DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX®. Associate institutes perform laboratory testing  and company audits and the OEKO-TEX® Association provides an additional range of services offered by the MySTeP data base to manage the entire supply chain and the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® to verify chemical and other products. Institutes belonging to OEKO-TEX® also promote innovation in the textile and garment-making industry through close cooperation with manufacturers, and the accredited certification system makes a substantial contribution to the development of high-quality textile products.

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