At PolyBlend, we don’t just claim to make safe products, and we don’t want you to simply just take our word for our production methods. We know that our customers care enough about their families and the environment to find these things out for themselves. To help give you confidence and the assurance all of our Oeko-Tex range of plastisol’s are compliant with the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® to show you that our plastisols have been independently certified as safe, produced without harmful chemicals by being certified with the OEKO-TEX® ECO Passport.
Is an independent certification system for chemicals, colourants and auxiliaries used in the textile and leather industry. During a multistep process, our materials are analysed whether each individual ingredient in the chemical product meets the statutory requirements and that it is not harmful to human health. Both brands and manufacturers value the ECO PASSPORT as credible proof of sustainable textile and leather production. As well as being screened against the world’s leading restricted substance lists and manufacturing restricted lists:
Polyblend has a very strict machine clean-in-place methods and stringent procedures which must be counter checked and signed for as we have also certified our critical cleaning methods to assure repeatable and reproduceable manufacture. The formulation is locked down to ensure protocol to only using specified approved materials compliant with the certification.
Generally,’ our products are used in anti-slip / non-slip items, baby items and socks, rehabilitation and non-slip medical (hospital use) footwear aids. Polyblend produce both a clear and full colour range of OEKO-TEX plastisol’s.
Oeko-Tex® is a worldwide association of independent research and testing institutes for product safety and sustainable production in the textile industry. Oeko-Tex® was introduced in 1992 and is used for testing and certification of textile products.
Textile products are awarded the STANDARD 100 Certification if, on the basis of the extensive OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue, they have been successfully tested by one of the OEKO-TEX® partner institutes for chemicals that pose a health risk, and therefore contribute to an effective consumer protection.
This means that for a product to be certified and allowed to carry the STANDARD 100, each and every component is tested: From zippers and buttons to linings and sewing thread. The certification system is in many cases more comprehensive and stricter than required by national and international standards. So Oeko-Tex® is aiming to be one step ahead. The criteria changes according to new results within medical science. The limit values are updated each year.
A certification is valid for 12 months, and the International Oeko-Tex® Association control tests each year, at least 25% of all issued certificates by performing sampling. Oeko-Tex® also controls the product once a year in collaboration with the product owner to make sure it still fulfils the requirements.
You can always find out if a manufacturer is certified by going to the OEKO-TEX® website.
Dip Moulding is a simple and frequently employed process used worldwide. It works by creating a ‘to-scale’ mould of the product before it is heated and dipped in a liquid PVC or Acrylic, known as plastisol. With this type of process, the speed of entry and dip time determines the shape and thickness of the final product.
PolyBlend Managing Director, Mark Stewart announces his official retirement date as Friday March 31st 2023.
Let me wish all of you – our customers, our suppliers, our staff and my network – a very Merry Christmas!