Hohenstein test your leather shoes in our laboratories for harmful substances according to the LEATHER STANDARD RSL and issue the certificate for you.
Why is it useful to test shoes for harmful substances?
Footwear is usually worn for long periods of time and often comes into direct contact with the skin. In addition, wearing shoes creates a warm and moist environment inside the footwear. However, despite their long life, leather shoes cannot be washed, unlike shoes made of textile materials.
Therefore, it is particularly important that shoes made of leather do not contain any harmful substances – especially since they consist of many different components. Each individual component from different stages of production, such as tanning or dyeing, represents a possible source of input for harmful substances, but at the same time must comply with legal requirements.
Which products do Hohenstein test?
In our independent, accredited laboratories, we test both shoes ready for sale (end products) and individual components for the manufacture of shoes (uppers, midsoles, outsoles, insoles, heel caps, etc.) according to LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®.
Certification according to LEATHER STANDARD usually takes place if the shoes or individual components as a whole are mainly made of leather. If, on the other hand, the largest part of the sales product is made up of textile materials, the article is certified according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.
What are the benefits of LEATHER STANDARD certification of footwear?
For brands, retailers, suppliers
- Reduced market risk
through compliance with all legal requirements
- Credible consumer communication
through an independent, globally recognised and widely used product label
- Additional benefits for your products
through the proof of human-ecological safety in laboratory tests
- Transparency and reduced certification costs
through the use of already certified source materials and components
- Comprehensive and reliable safety
through globally standardised and annually updated test criteria, testing methods close to use, control tests after certificate issue
- Credibility and traceability
through validity checks of certified articles
What makes LEATHER STANDARD certification of footwear unique?
The LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX® certificate for footwear is only issued if all components comply with the required criteria of the LEATHER STANDARD RSL (Restricted Substances List) without exception.
A further prerequisite for certification is an on-site audit at the manufacturer of the sales product, i.e. at the supplier of shoe components or the manufacturer of the end product. In this way, we ensure that the quality assurance in the company is suitable for complying with the required OEKO-TEX® criteria during ongoing production.