Use of formaldehyde-based synthetic resins

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Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO

Do you use synthetic resin based on formaldehyde for clothing or other fabric that comes into contact with the skin, such as bed linen? Then you must adhere to the Dutch Formaldehyde in Textile Commodities Act (Warenwetbesluit formaldehyde in textiel). Formaldehyde-based synthetic resins are used, for instance, to make cotton and viscose crease-resistant and make wool shrink-resistant.

Requirements for using formaldehyde in clothing and other fabrics

The quantity of formaldehyde content in clothing is limited. After a single wash, there may be no more than 120 ppm formaldehyde left in the product. If this limit is exceeded before washing, the warning ‘wash before wearing’ must be on the product itself or on the product packaging.

This information is provided by

Netherlands Enterprise Agency, RVO