• Erin Berg

Oeko-Tex clarifies Standard 100 certifications in bedding

HIGH POINT — Global independent testing and certification body Oeko-Tex has clarified the Standard 100 certifications in the bedding category for the U.S. market.

Oeko-Tex representative for North America Ben Mead described the scope of certifications for online mattress retailer Tuft & Needle and Spanish producer Spaldin, both companies having achieved Standard 100 Class 1 certification for their products.

Online mattress retailer Tuft & Needle recently announced it was the first to receive Standard 100 certification for its mattress system, and Spaldin earned its certification in 2012.

"Every individual component of the Tuft & Needle mattress is certified using the Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex; this includes the sheets which are critical because they are the element next to the skin. Mattress combined with the sheets and pillow cases constitute a complete mattress system," said Mead.

Spanish specialty sleep producer Spaldin, earned Standard 100 certification for its finished mattress and pillows, which according to the company, covers the components used in manufacturing that include polyurethane, latex foam cores of different resiliency, composite fabrics made with visco-elastic foam, PES, cotton or their blends, and fireproof barrier.

Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex certification indicates that the company's products have been tested to be free from harmful levels of more than 300 concerning chemicals. Class 1, the most stringent of Oeko-Tex four classes, is a distinction for articles for babies and toddlers up to three years of age.

Mead explained, "What we commonly see at least in the U.S. is a mattress company claiming Standard 100 certification when only the foam is certified and not all of the other individual components. Sometimes this requires companies to change suppliers, so a company that has done it deserves to be commended. It's also important to note that a company must renew their certification every year which included new sample submissions and an audit of their production facility each year. A certificate that is not renewed each year would not be considered valid."

Erin BergErin Berg | Associate Editor
EBerg@furnituretoday.com

Erin Berg is an Associate Editor for Furniture/Today. After earning her B. A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Southern California, Erin began her career in marketing where she served clients in a wide variety of industries from film and television entertainment to aviation. Erin lived in Italy and four different states before landing in North Carolina in 2009.

Erin can be reached at EBerg@furnituretoday.com or at 336-605-1040.

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