The Ecological Mood
The people of Central Europe are increasingly aware of the relationship between textile production and related environmental issues. The media feeds this concern, in particular with regards to topics addressing harmful substances historically present in many textiles and their effects on human health. Textile and clothing producers are working successfully to design products so that no harmful substances are present in any significant amounts and to achieve this, a significant technological effort is required by the industry. Manufacturers can work towards this goal by adopting recognised "environmentally friendly" working methods such as careful selection of dye-stuffs, optimisation of the dye baths, chlorine free bleaching techniques, low formaldehyde finishing methods and by selecting pesticide and heavy metal free materials. By employing these and other recognised methods, the results of these efforts are safe products, which pose no risk to the consumer.

Identify ecological sound products
How does a consumer recognise a garment or home-textile, which has been produced with special care, so as to pose no risk to health? A label is required for such products; the "
Oeko-Tex® " label. Different methods may be followed to reach the same goal but the same questions always arise: "What is required? Using our best knowledge of science and technology, which limiting vales sensibly apply in order to clearly state that a product poses no perceivable health risk to the consumer?" A simple, general answer is widely sought.