Consumers are becoming conscious in regards to green and environmental friendly consumer goods. They prefer products that have no harmful effect to the environment. The trend of green consumerism has been extended to textile and apparel products. Major European and U.S textile buyers have responded to this public awareness by viewing their textile products from ecological standpoint and established certain requirements on textile products by undergoing certain predefined testing procedures.


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  1. What is Green Production?
  2. Test Parametres and Limits for Garments & Accessories

What is Green Production?

Green production refers to a new mode of manufacture in which pollution control is manipulated in the whole process to reduce the harm against human being and the environment. Green production aims at making economies on energy consumption, reducing generation and emission of waste and pollutants,achieving efficient usage of resources by advanced production technology and management. Since 1980s, developed countries have been working on the application of high-tech production techniques to exploit new green textile and clothing, which not only meets the consumers’ demands for safe and healthy and promotes the sustainable development of society, but also enhances the product additional value. At the same time, a set of regulations and standards of green textile and clothing have been carried out to ensure the implementation of green production and the products’ green properties .The chain of textile industry is quite long, which includes a successive process such as raising and planting of raw materials, fiber production, spinning, weaving, dyeing, printing,finishing, and garment production and so on. They respectively belong to cotton textile industry (including other natural fiber, such as the wool, silk, flax and so on), chemical fiber industry, printing and dyeing industry and clothing industry. To achieve eco-green of textile and clothing, all industries should enhance cooperation and management from raw material to end product.



Test Parametres and Limits for Garments & Accessories

Test Product Class
I
Baby
II
In direct contact with skin
III
No direct contact with skin
IV
decoration material
pH Value 4.0 - 7.5 4.0 - 7.5 4.0 - 9.0 4.0 - 9.0
Formaldehyde 20 ppm 75 ppm 300 ppm 300 ppm
Extractable Heavy Metals
  • Arsenic(As)
  • Antimony(Sb)
  • Lead(Pb)
  • Cadmium(Cd)
  • Mercury(Hg)
  • Copper(Cu)
  • Chromium(Cr) Total
  • Chromium(Cr) VI
  • Cobalt(Co)
  • Nickel(Ni)
  • 0.2ppm
  • 6.0ppm
  • 0.2ppm
  • 0.1ppm
  • 0.02ppm
  • 25.0ppm
  • 1.0ppm
  • n.d
  • 1.0ppm
  • 1.0ppm
  • 1.0ppm
  • 10.0ppm
  • 1.0ppm
  • 0.1ppm
  • 0.01ppm
  • 50.0ppm
  • 2.0ppm
  • n.d.
  • 4.0ppm
  • 4.0ppm
  • 1.0ppm
  • 10.0ppm
  • 1.0ppm
  • 0.1ppm
  • 0.02ppm
  • 50.0ppm
  • 2.0ppm
  • n.d.
  • 4.0ppm
  • 4.0ppm
  • 1.0ppm
  • 10.0ppm
  • 1.0ppm
  • 0.1ppm
  • 0.02ppm
  • 50.0ppm
  • 2.0ppm
  • n.d.
  • 4.0ppm
  • 4.0ppm
Pesticides
  • 2,4,5-T
  • 2,4-D
  • Aldrin
  • Carbaryl
  • DDD,DDE,DDT
  • Dieldrin
  • alfa,beta Endosulfan
  • Endrine
  • Heptachloride/Heptachlorepoxide
  • alpha, beta , gama Hexachlorocyclohexane
  • Hexachlorobenzene
  • Lindan(HcH)
  • Methoxychlor
  • Mirex
  • Toxaphene
  • Trifluralin
0.5ppm 1.0ppm 1.0ppm 1.0ppm
Chlorinated phenols
  • 2,3,5,6 Tetrachlorophenol(Tecp)
0.05ppm
0.05ppm
0.05ppm
0.05ppm
0.05ppm
0.05ppm
0.05ppm
0.05ppm
Chlorinated organic carriers n.d. n.d. n.d. n.d.
Colour Fastness(Staining)
  • towards water
  • towards acidic perspiration
  • towards alkaline perspiration
  • towards dry rubbing
  • towards wet rubbing
3
3-4
3-4
4
2-3
3
3-4
3-4
4
2-3
3
3-4
3-4
4
2-3
3
3-4
3-4
4
2-3
Determination of Odour n.d n.d n.d n.d
Colour Fastness
Strinfing towards saliva and perspiration
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Nickel Release image
Organotin compounds
TBT
DBT
0.05ppm
1.0ppm
1.0ppm
N/A
1.0ppm
N/A
1.0ppm
N/A

Remarks: n.d. = not detected
N/A = not applicable
ppm = parts per million
image = microgram
cm2= square centimetre