Hanes and the Oeko-tex Standard 100

Oeko-tex Standard 100

At the beginning of the 1990s the worldwide textile industry was generating more than 210 billion dollars a year into a market that was seemingly insatiable in its demand for fashionable, durable and versatile textiles. At the same time “poisons in textiles” and other negative headlines were becoming commonplace. Consumer groups sprang up all over the globe demanding the banning of harmful chemical substances in textile manufacture. Clearly, something needed to be done.


In 1992 the Oeko Tex Standard 100 was introduced as a response to the needs of the general public for textiles which posed no risk to health. The Oeko Tex Standard 100 is an international uniform testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. Put simply, its aim is to ensure products are free of harmful substances that may be injurious to human health.


Hanes is proud to be able to say that all its garments and accessories conform to these high standards. We believe we have an obligation to monitor the quality of our supply chain to ensure that the products we sell meet all government safety and quality standards, as well as our own.


The following parameters are included in the Oeko-Tex criteria:

  • Banned MAK amines found in specific azo dyestuffs
  • Carcinogenic and allergy-inducing dyestuffs
  • Formaldehyde
  • Pesticides
  • Phenols
  • Chlorinated aromatic compounds
  • Extractable heavy metals: Ni Cd Cr CrVl, etc
  • Colour fastness
  • Ph-value
  • Phthalates (in baby articles)
  • Organic tin compounds (TBT and DBT)
  • Emission of volatile components
  • Odour


All regulations followed are extremely important and strictly enforced by Hanes. More information about Oeko-Tex standards, certificates and institutes can be found on www.oeko-tex.com