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Greensboro, NC, United States, 2008/03/03 - Madeira, a global leader in the production of embroidery thread for the decorated apparel and home fashion markets, relies on the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 to guarantee that its products are safe for humans.
Madeira's Classic Rayon, 100% polyester Polyneon, FS/Supertwist, and wool-blend Burmilana threads are all certified by Oeko-Tex as free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances that are known to be dangerous to people and to the environment.
“We have provided the Oeko-Tex guarantee to our clients for many years,” says Hajo Voeller, Madeira USA’s president. “Now our clients in the USA recognize the importance of textile safety and are requesting embroidery threads that meet the highest international standards. We assure them that our Oeko-Tex certified threads deliver a comprehensive and verifiable safety guarantee that they can pass on to their customers.”
Dr. Manfred Wentz, US Director for Oeko-Tex confirms the growth in safety textile awareness. “Decorators in the USA are reacting to consumers’ demands for safe textiles in their apparel and their homes. Madeira, a long time Oeko-Tex certificate holder, has been a provider of safe textile products for many years and sets a high standard for other suppliers to the decorated textile market.”
The International Oeko-Tex Association’s 14 independent facilities test textile products for substances that are prohibited and regulated by law, as well as for chemicals that are known to be harmful to humans, but are not yet regulated. The Oeko-Tex restricted substance list (RSL), which is updated annually to reflect the latest in international textile chemistry, includes unsafe chemicals such as formaldehyde, pesticides, and carcinogenic dyestuffs. Textile products that receive Oeko-Tex certification are guaranteed not to contain harmful amounts of these or other dangerous elements.
In order for a finished embroidered product to receive Oeko-Tex certification, all its components must pass the same stringent tests. Using Madeira’s Oeko-Tex certified threads puts embroiderers one step closer to being able to certify their decorated product lines as safe for humans.
Madeira will display its Oeko-Tex certified embroidery threads at the Imprinted Sportswear Show in Atlantic City, March 7-9, in Booth #729
The International Oeko-Tex Association (Oeko-Tex.com), headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, was founded in 1992 by the Austrian Textile Research Institute and the German Hohenstein Research Institutes. Currently, its membership includes 14 independent textile research and testing institutes with offices in over 40 countries. To date, more than 60,000 certificates have been issued and 8,000 companies in 84 countries are working with Oeko-Tex to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances.
About Madeira USA
Founded in Freiburg, Germany, in 1919, Madeira (madeirausa.com) is a global leader in the production of high quality embroidery threads for the decorated apparel and home fashion markets. The Madeira product line includes the industry’s largest selection of specialty threads, E-Zee Backing & Topping™ products, plus a complete line of bobbins and accessories. Today, Madeira services its clients from operations in the USA, Europe, Japan, and key Asian markets. The company ships from ten US locations, more than any other embroidery supplier nationwide.