upholstery, drapery, jackets, bedspreads
- abrasion test results: 40,000 Martindale
- care: Orcas loses a bit of its luster after a wash. Shrinkage in cool settings in just 3%; in hot, a little more than 10% the first time you wash it.
- certification: Oeko-Tex 100
- content: 62% cotton, 38% linen
- weight: 15 oz yd2 / 509 gm m2
- width: 54" / 137 cm
Oeko Tex is one of the oldest third-party certifications, launched in 1992. Its aim is to ensure that products pose no risk to human health.
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 tests only the end product. Processing is not addressed, for example, wastewater treatment is not included, nor are workers rights addressed. It is NOT an organic certification and products bearing this mark are not necessarily made from organically grown fibers. Oeko Tex is only concerned with the safety of the final product.
The certification process includes thorough testing for a lengthy list of chemicals, including all of the chemicals of concern, among which are lead, antimony, arsenic, phthalates, pesticides, and chlorinated phenols. The official table of limits for tested chemicals may be found on the Oeko-Tex website:
Specifically banned are:
- Heavy metals
- Chlorinated phenols
- Flame retardants
- Solvent residues
Textile products bearing the Oeko-Tex 100 certification mark, in addition to being safe to use and having a skin-friendly pH. Skin's natural pH is a tad acidic, and when it's eroded your defenses are down, leaving you vulnerable to bacteria, moisture loss, and irritation. Oeko-Tex certified fabrics will not create these stresses. And the fabrics will feel lovely against your skin.
The mill where this fabric was woven uses hydro and natural gas fuel power, which has low emissions.
1For a discussion of what the abrasion ratings mean, please click here.