We have tested our products for harmful chemicals to health and the environment.
FORMALDEHYD:We have tested our collection at Eurofins AnalyCen Textile in Lindköping. The results of the tests showed that our clothes do not contain formaldehyde, which can be both allergenic and carcinogenic.
From NRK Puls:
Children are affected by chemical substances. Our children are vulnerable to everyday pollution in bedding, clothing, shampoos, and the food we serve them. Low body weight, high uptake.
WATER ABSORPTION AND MOISTURE ABSORPTION AT SIFO:The test shows that Lilleba fabric absorbs more water and has a higher moisture absorption compared to regular cotton quality. 76.5% versus 52.6%.Sifo testraport
SUN PROTECTION: We have tested the clothes for UV protection. The clothes made with 60% bamboo and 40% cotton have been tested with a UV protection factor of 15 at Swerea IVS in Sweden.Sverea IVS test
ENDOCRINE DISRUPTORS: We have also tested the clothes for mercury (highly toxic through inhalation and skin contact), cadmium (toxic and carcinogenic), PCBs (environmentally hazardous), phthalates (endocrine disruptors, known to cause damage to the liver, kidneys, and central nervous system in animal studies) at Eurofins, Germany, and they contain no traces of these substances. Eurofins test (PDF 74 kb)
DIMETHYL FUMARATE (DMFu): There is no presence of dimethyl fumarate in our clothes (Eurofins, July 2012). It is used to prevent mold and mildew growth in furniture and other products during transport and storage. Contact with the substance can cause extensive eczema and painful skin reactions, including itching, redness, and blistering. The substance has been found in textiles and products made of leather or artificial leather. It is likely to be present in other products as well. In 2009, Norway introduced a ban on the use of this substance in consumer products. The use of DMFu is prohibited in all EU/EEA countries. Test Eurofins
AZO dyes: Lilleba complies with the requirements for textiles according to the Nordic Swan Ecolabel regarding azo dyes (Eurofins, July 2012). These dyes can break down into arylamines, partly in the body and partly chemically. Some arylamines have been shown to be carcinogenic, with benzidine being a well-known example. However, several azo dyes are not based on carcinogenic arylamines. Arylamines can also cause skin allergies, irritate the eyes, and be toxic or highly toxic through inhalation, ingestion, or skin contact. Azo dyes are primarily used for dyeing wool but are also used to some extent for dyeing other types of textiles. (ref. Norwegian Institute of Public Health). Test Eurofins
ANTIBACTERIAL: Lilleba has conducted a test at KATRI (Korea Apparel Testing & Research Institute), confirming that the fabric they use is antibacterial. We have also attempted to test this in Norway, without success. It could be that the equipment and methods are not adequate. Our own experience is that the fabric eliminates odors, and we believe there must be some form of antibacterial property in the product. However, we do not know specifically what this is or if it originates from the bamboo. Test Katri
Completely free of environmental toxins: Environmental toxins can harm nature, humans, and animals. Unfortunately, they are frequently used in textiles and clothing. Lilleba has a zero-tolerance policy towards the use of environmental toxins and regularly tests our products for fluorocarbons, formaldehyde, phthalates, lead, chromium, nickel, and more. Test TUV SUD
We produce our clothes in South Korea, which is a developed country and part of the wealthy, industrialized world. It is important for us to have a production process that involves adult workers who receive fair wages and have normal working conditions, and that there are strict requirements for chemical handling.
All our products are produced according to GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) standards. This means that all chemicals used are controlled, no hazardous chemicals are used in the process, and the product undergoes quality checks. Additionally, the social criteria throughout the process are monitored.