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Specialty Sleep Association Specifies OEKO-TEX® Certification

For Its Environmental & Safety Program

 
March 1, 2011 - The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 has been adopted by the Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) as part of its new industry-wide Environmental & Safety Program. The three-tier label and seal program stipulates OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 as a substantiating certification to reassure consumers that their sleep products are free from harmful levels of dangerous substances and safe for people. OEKO-TEX® certification is cited for sleep products bearing the Level II seal and the highest Level III seal.

SSA’s Environmental & Safety Program was developed through collaboration with sleep products manufacturers, suppliers, and retailers in an unprecedented effort to define environmental and safety standards for the industry and to communicate clearly and honestly with consumers. The program was two years in development and included consumer research and a thorough evaluation of the key standards and certifications available in the industry. In addition to meeting all regulatory mandates, the program also outlines requirements for natural materials and addresses carbon footprint monitoring, VOC emissions assessments, and other environmental and safety measures. The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is referenced in Level II and III for latex foams and the textile components of a mattress.
 
“Consumers are concerned about the environmental and health safety of their sleep products and that they are made in ecologically responsible ways,” says SSA President, Dale T. Read. “SSA developed this comprehensive, three-level system to allow manufacturers and retailers to clearly convey these critical points through a comprehensive labeling system and easy-to-understand seals that help consumers identify the best product choices for them.”

The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification ensures that products are tested to be free from unsafe levels of more than 100 chemicals that are believed to be detrimental to human health, substances such as lead, formaldehyde, heavy metals, carcinogenic dye stuffs, and phthalates. In addition, OEKO-TEX® tests for color fastness and pH levels, both of which can affect the safety of sleep products. The OEKO-TEX® Restricted Substances List is constantly reviewed to confirm that it reflects the strictest global regulatory requirements, the most current textile chemistry and manufacturing processes, and the latest medical knowledge.

“We are proud that SSA references the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 in its Environmental & Safety Program,” says Dr. Sam Moore, who represents OEKO-TEX® in the US. “We applaud the specialty sleep products industry’s initiative to make sleep products safer and to educate consumers so they can make more informed choices for themselves and their families.”

For more information on OEKO-TEX®, visit www.OEKO-TEX.com.

To learn more about SSA’s Environmental & Safety Program, click here or visit their showroom in Las Vegas or their new High Point showroom in April 2011.

About SSA
Founded in 1995, the Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) is a national, not-for-profit organization created to facilitate the growth and positive awareness of the specialty sleep category. Its members develop or sell specialty sleep products including natural and organic bedding, latex, memory foam, air, gel, water, adjustable, new spring technologies and related products. SSA membership includes more than 100 manufacturers and retailers ranging from small, family-owned businesses to large corporations. SSA has showroom in Las Vegas and High Point.

For more information regarding the SSA, contact Executive Director Tambra Jones at tambra@sleepinformation.org, 559-868-4187, 559-676-8639

 

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