PrimaLoft, Inc. Renews OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Certification for Its High Performance Insulations and Yarns
September 15, 2014
Greensboro, NC—PrimaLoft, Inc., the world leader in providing comfort solutions with high performance insulations, yarns, and fabrics, has renewed its OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification for its PrimaLoft® Insulations, Yarns, and Performance Down Blends. The certification ensures that PrimaLoft’s certified products have been tested and are free from harmful levels of more than 300 potentially dangerous substances such as residual surfactants, carcinogenic dyestuffs, heavy metals, and formaldehyde. PrimaLoft’s OEKO-TEX® certified insulations and yarns are used in outdoor, hunting, military, fashion, and work wear apparel including outerwear, fleeces, base layer garments and socks, as well as in a wide variety of bedding products. PrimaLoft has held the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification for approximately 15 years.
“OEKO-TEX® certification is another element of the exceptional comfort we build into our PrimaLoft® products,” said Mike Joyce, president and chief executive officer of PrimaLoft, Inc. “In addition to physical comfort, our OEKO-TEX® certified PrimaLoft® products now promise the peace of mind that they are free from concerning chemicals. OEKO-TEX® helps us create extraordinary comfort solutions that let people focus on and fully enjoy their activities, day or night, at play or at rest, in any climate and any condition.”
PrimaLoft® Insulations, Yarns, and Performance Down Blends are the products of choice for many performance brands in the outdoor, athletic, and bedding markets. The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is consistent worldwide, reflecting the most up to date regulatory requirements for the many countries that make up the global textile supply chain, as well as the latest in textile manufacturing techniques and the most current medical knowledge. OEKO-TEX® is aligned with the apparel industry’s Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) initiative. Because of the modular nature of the OEKO-TEX® certification program, brands using PrimaLoft® Insulations and Yarns can take credit for PrimaLoft’s certification when applying for OEKO-TEX® certifications for their own product lines.
In addition to the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification, the International OEKO-TEX® Association also administers STeP by OEKO-TEX®, a comprehensive certification program for brands, retailers, and manufacturers from all sectors of the textile supply chain who want to validate their sustainable production in a transparent, credible, and clear manner that is consistent country to country. The MySTeP database management tool helps textile product manufacturers collaborate with suppliers to attain quality, sustainability, and transparency goals. The new Made in Green label is available for products that are OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified and manufactured in STeP certified facilities.
To learn more about OEKO-TEX® certification systems and tools for textile manufacturers, brands, and retailers, or to see a listing of OEKO-TEX® certified products and facilities, visit www.oeko-tex.com.
More about OEKO-TEX®
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 16 independent textile research and testing institutes with 52 offices in 60 countries. To date, more than 141,000 OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certificates have been issued—with more than 13,300 issued per year—and 10,000 companies in 90 countries are working with OEKO-TEX® to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances. The STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification for sustainable textile product manufacturing facilities and the MySTeP database management tool are now available as well. OEKO-TEX® certified products and suppliers can be located in the OEKO-TEX® Online Buying Guide. www.OEKO-TEX.com. Connect with OEKO-TEX® on Facebook.
About PrimaLoft, Inc.
PrimaLoft, Inc., a materials science company based in Latham, New York with offices in Germany and Italy, is the world leader in research and innovative development of comfort solutions and high performance insulations and fabrics. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, the PrimaLoft® brand, a registered trademark of PrimaLoft, Inc., delivers feel-good products that are used in the top global outdoor and fashion brands, home furnishings, work wear, hunting and military applications. PrimaLoft® insulation was originally developed for the U.S. army as a water-resistant, synthetic alternative to down. The PrimaLoft® brand is recognized as a benchmark in the outdoor industry for providing unsurpassed comfort in any condition, ultimately empowering users to stay in the moment. For more information, visitwww.PrimaLoft.com, and follow PrimaLoft on Facebook and Twitter.
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