Nilit®, a global manufacturer and leader in the production of nylon 6.6 for the intimate apparel, legwear, swim, and activewear markets, provides yarns that are certified by the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 to be free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances. The independent and verifiable certification assures Nilit’s customers that they can have confidence in Nilit’s yarns.
“Since our yarns are used in close-to-the-body garments, we have always been very sensitive to ensuring that our products do not contain any chemicals that could be potentially harmful to the end wearer,” says Molly Kremidas, Nilit’s U.S. Marketing Director. “We believe it’s our responsibility to provide that reliable assurance to our customers.”
Nilit selected Oeko-Tex, the independent global eco-label, to provide that guarantee. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certification is a voluntary testing and certification system for textile fibers, yarns, fabrics, and manufactured products of all kinds. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 test criteria include banned or regulated substances and chemicals that are known to be harmful to human health. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is updated constantly to remain more stringent than governmental standards and to stay abreast of changes in textile processing chemistry. To verify that certification standards are maintained, test samples are routinely pulled from retail and tested for compliance.
“The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification provides a comprehensive, independent, and verifiable guarantee that textiles are safe for human use,” states Manfred Wentz, U.S. director for Oeko-Tex. “Nilit holds itself to very high quality standards which are reinforced and validated by our certification. Nilit’s commitment to the safety of their products for their manufacturing employees, their customers’ manufacturing employees, the end users, and the environment is commendable.”
Kremidas says, “Textile safety has always been important to our European apparel customers and the same demand is growing rapidly here in the U. S. market. Our customers are always pleased to know that our products are certified. Not only is it reassuring for them but it’s an increasingly valuable benefit they can provide to their customers and consumers.”
Nilit® Ltd (nilit.com) produces nylon 6.6 and microfiber yarns in a broad selection of dtex and filament counts, layers of luster, and types of cross-sections. Nilit’s high-quality yarns are used for both knitwear and spandex covering applications for the production of fashionable and functional legwear, bodywear, intimate apparel, and activewear. Nilit Ltd. is a privately owned company with headquarters in Israel. It works closely with its international customer base from offices in Italy, the United States, Germany, Spain, France, Latin America, and Asia Pacific. Nilit’s new operation in Suzhou, China will start up in March, 2008.
The International Oeko-Tex Association (Oeko-Tex.com), headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, was founded in 1992 by the Austrian Textile Research Institute and the German Hohenstein Research Institutes. Currently, its membership includes 17 independent textile research and testing institutes with offices in over 40 countries. To date, more than 60,000 certificates have been issued and 7,000 companies are working with Oeko-Tex to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances.
For more information contact:
Molly Kremidas, Nilit America Corporation
T: +1-336-605-1962 - E: mollyk[.]nilit.com.