Here at Lucky & Me we want your kids to be safe as well as comfy. Children have soft, sensitive skin that can absorb chemicals that have been used to process and treat fabrics and elastics.
That’s why we make sure our clothing is free of toxic chemicals. To ensure this, we use Oeko-Tex Standard 100 to confirm every garment we craft is chemical free and safe for children.
The Oeko-what, you say? We’re talking about the Oeko-tex Standard 100 - developed in Europe, with standards that meet and often exceed national and international standards.
Yep - this means that using Oeko-Tex Standard 100 to test our materials ensures our garments are tested for toxins that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission doesn’t require. So you might find those toxins in garments you purchase from brands that aren’t as careful.
Here are some tips about Oeko-Tex 100 and staying toxic chemical free:
What does Oeko-tex test for?
Materials used in all our products are tested for several hundred harmful substances. Some of these are: banned azo dyes, formaldehyde, carcinogenic and allergy-inducing colourants, pesticides for textiles made of natural fibres, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), tin organic compounds, chlorinated phenols, phthalates (softeners) and many more.
When you see the Oeko-Tex certification, you can be sure that those garments are certified free from toxic chemicals and safe for human use. All Lucky & Me underwear and clothing has been crafted to Oeko-Tex 100 standards.
What’s the difference between Oeko-Tex and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard)?
For organic cotton products look for GOTS certification. The main difference between Oeko-Tex and GOTS is that GOTS is specifically for organic cotton and covers the entire production process from seeds to fabric. Read more about GOTS in our blog post Why Buy Organic Cotton Children’s Underwear?.
Wash all clothing before it’s worn.
It’s always a good idea to wash clothing before it’s worn - especially for kids. It doesn’t wash out harmful chemicals, but it does ensure that any surface dirt, oil, or other substances will be removed.
Sleepwear and chemicals
Synthetic children’s sleepwear sold in the US is required to be flame resistant - which requires the use of chemicals which are extremely toxic. Some brands use surface flame-retardants, which are required to last at least 50 wash cycles. Others use synthetics which are impregnated with chemicals to prevent flammability. Most kids brands who sell sleepwear won’t even tell you what chemicals they use.
US regulations do allow untreated sleepwear for kids as long as the garments are snug-fitting (and less likely to catch fire).
That’s why at Lucky & Me our sleepwear is made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. There are no flame retardants and no harmful chemicals in our sleepwear. And it’s super soft and snuggly.
Safe and Secure
Always look for Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification (or GOTS certification for organic cotton) when purchasing clothing for your children.