When the new American Airlines uniforms for Flight Service, Airport Customer Service and Premium Customer Services debut in 2020, inside each garment will be a small label that reads “STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.” While the label may only have a few words on it, it is supported by years of research and testing to provide consumers with garments that are safe to wear.
What is OEKO-TEX?
OEKO-TEX comprises a group of 18 independent textile research and test institutes in Europe and Japan that are responsible for developing procedures to test clothes and textiles for harmful substances. Since its inception in 1992, OEKO-TEX has issued more than 160,000 certificates for millions of textile products, certifying that the products do not contain unsafe amounts of harmful substances. The group conducts extensive product checks and regularly visits textile manufacturers to raise awareness about chemicals in textiles.
What is STANDARD 100?
The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX certification is an independent testing and certification system for clothes, accessories and any product made with fabric. Products that have the STANDARD 100 label have been tested for banned dyes, pesticides and many other hazardous chemicals. All parts of the garment or product are tested, including sewing threads, buttons and zippers. Certification must be renewed annually, and OEKO-TEX conducts random sample testing and manufacturing site visits as part of the ongoing certification process.
How will the new American Airlines uniforms be tested?
Each of our selected uniform vendors, such as Lands’ End, will be working with suppliers whose fabrics and accessories have been tested and certified STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX prior to the uniform being assembled. Additionally, the factories where the uniforms will be assembled also hold STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX certifications covering the assembled products. Completed uniforms will be spot tested by an OEKO-TEX laboratory to ensure that the certified components meet the standard and that hazardous chemicals were not introduced during the manufacturing process.