BÖNNIGHEIM (ivs) Textile testing provider Hohenstein has been authorized by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to verify compliance for the Green Button, a German government certification for sustainable textiles. Now, in addition to certification for MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®, a qualifier for the Green Button, Hohenstein certifies for the 46 Green Button criteria.
Hohenstein draws on decades of specialized textile testing, certification and auditing. A founding member and testing body of the OEKO-TEX® Association, the company is firmly committed to consumer protection and product responsibility. Green Button applicants can choose Hohenstein as a single partner for the entire process, with or without MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® as a pre-requisite.
MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® is one of the labels qualified to demonstrate compliance with the Green Button social and environmental criteria. The traceable product label proves that textile and leather products have been tested for harmful substances and manufactured in an environmentally friendly and socially responsible manner.
During the introductory phase, the BMZ will bear the initial assessment costs. After March 1, 2021, companies will select from the list of approved certification bodies, including Hohenstein and contact them directly.
The Green Button originates in Germany but aims to be a global seal. In line with the globalised textile value chain, all companies that manufacture and/or distribute textile goods can apply for the Green Button.
About Green Button
The Green Button is a government seal for sustainably produced textiles. It sets binding requirements to protect people and the environment in the production process of textiles. A total of 46 demanding social and environmental criteria must be met - from wastewater limits to a ban on forced labour. The German state sets the criteria and conditions for product and company certification to the Green Button. Independent inspection bodies monitor compliance with the criteria.
Headquartered in Bönnigheim, Germany, with 1,000 employees in its branches and laboratories around the world, Hohenstein has been providing accredited and independent services such as testing, certification, research and development of textile products and training for more than 70 years. Product labels such as the Hohenstein Quality Label or the UV STANDARD 801 support manufacturers and retailers in their marketing activities. As a founding member, Hohenstein is also one of the most important laboratories for testing within the framework of the OEKO-TEX® labels.