Answer: Oeko-Tex 100 is a standard set forth by the International Oeko-Tex Association (a group of 14 well-known textile research and test institutes in Europe and Japan). The goal is to bring a uniform standard of safe textiles to the market. This standard allows manufacturers and consumers be confident that the textile product they are purchasing have been checked for harmful substances. In particular the samples are tested for the presence of pesticides, extractable heavy metals, pH-value, formaldehyde content,chlorinated organic carriers and preservatives such as pentachlorophenol and tetrachlorophenol. The tests also check for any MAC amines in azo dyes and allergy-inducing dyes.
All of our Lana, Keptin-Jr, and Kallisto products use extremely clean dyes that are certified by Oeko-Tex (all of their organic cotton also meets standards the are at least as stringent as the Oeko-Tex standards). The washcloth mitts and many of the baby products from Furnis Spielwelt use Oeko-Tex certified cotton.
Oeko-Test on the other hand is a German publication established in 1984 that essentially acts as a consumer watchdog, testing the safety of a wide variety of consumer products. Products are tested Their tests have become so well respected, often testing beyond government mandated standards, that their results often lead to more stringent government requirements. Products tested are selected by Oeko-Test, rather than being submitted by manufacturers. Therefore, only very few products carry the Oeko-Test seal of approval. We are very pleased to carry the musical bear and teddy bear from Kallisto that have been tested and approved by Oeko-Test.
Here are some links for additional information about Oeko-Tex and Oeko-Test: