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Oeko-Tex Class 1
Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 is an international, voluntary product control standard created to even out global environmental legislation differences and create a common basis for assessment of potentially hazardous substances. The Oeko-Tex® Association tests for chemical substances that can be – or are suspected of being – harmful to the human body.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is divided into four product classes depending on the amount of permitted residual chemicals in the ready product. Even though the class is not indicated in the mark, Ringsted Dun has chosen to certify its products according to the strictest requirements of Product Class I, which means that the products are suitable for babies and toddlers up to 3 years of age.
The Class I standard has very low limit values for the content of, e.g.:
• Formaldehyde (may cause allergies)
• Heavy metals (may cause eczema and damage internal organs and the central nervous system)
• Pesticides (may affect the nervous system and damage internal organs and fertility)
• Aromatic hydrocarbons (may cause perfume allergies and affect the nervous system)
Downafresh guarantees that the down/feathers contained in the product is completely clean. The raw feathers are washed in accordance with the strictest European hygiene requirements and dried at a temperature of more than 100°C, which guarantees the removal of: the H5N1 strain (avian influenza), keratin (down and feather scales), bacteria and mould, soap residues as well as other organic residues.
The name of the mark comes from English – no mite – i.e. no house dust mites.
Nomite is the consumer’s guarantee that your down product cannot harbour house dust mites. The fabric of the pillow or duvet case is woven so tightly that it is impenetrable for the mites.
Contrary to all myths that down and feathers are the cause of allergic reactions in the bedroom, scientific studies have documented that culprit number 1 is actually the house dust mite. Since down products can be washed at 60°C – the exact temperature required for killing bacteria and mites – this means that allergy sufferers can safely buy down products. But remember to watch out for the Nomite logo.
Down and feathers Class 1
Down and feathers can be labelled in three different classes under the EN12934 standard. All of Ringsted Dun’s products meet the requirements of Class I, which means that all down and feathers are new and of the highest quality.
The other two classes are for inferior qualities. If there is no information about Class on the product label, the product in question is likely to be Class III. Class III permits, for example, the use of more than 15 % of recycled down from used pillows and duvets where other people have slept as well as materials other than down.
Always make sure that the product you purchase is Class I – this guarantees only high-quality new down for your bedroom.