Testing

Testing process

The Cradle to Cradle testing process refer to: materials, material reuse, energy, water and social responsibility.

Selection

The raw materials used for climatex® are chosen to adhere to high ecological demands. Every batch of natural fibers is tested for plausibility and explicitly released for processing. The quality of the raw materials, substances, energy forms and manufacturing processes remains constant and is certified by the EPEA Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency in Hamburg, Germany.

Testing

All materials are tested in terms of their origin and composition. Every new batch of wool and ramie is tested again before being spun, particularly for any insecticide residue.

Energy & water

The reduction of the amount of water and energy required for manufacturing fabrics includes spinning, dyeing, weaving and finishing. The renewable energy part is 50 percent.

Colors

The pigments used for dyeing are picked in accordance with their regeneration profiles. Only 16 out of 1,600 possible dyes fulfill the strict requirements imposed for Climatex. Nonetheless, virtually all color variations can be created.

Dyeing, the most energy-intensive process, is powered with 90-percent renewable energy. Production systems and processes comply with the strictest ecological constraints.

Finishing

Proven fiber blends are twisted into highly compact yarns. Fabrics of optimal density are manufactured on latest-generation production systems without chemical additives.

Hydrodynamic, mechanical and thermal finishing techniques ensure the fabrics’ visual appeal, texture and easy-care properties.

Certificate

At the end of the testing process, the product is awarded the Cradle to Cradle certificate in gold, silver or bronze.

Oeko-Tex

Alongside the holistic Cradle to Cradle certification, the climatex® fabrics are Oeko-Tex-certified. That means, tested security for perfectly healthy fabric products. For companies in the textile and clothing industries, this certificate provides a uniform standard for evaluating possible harmful substances in fabrics.