QUALITY AND PRODUCT RESPONSIBILITY
For INDISKA, it is important that our products, which are often made as handicrafts, completely meet our customers’ expectations with regards to safety and durability in accordance with laws in effect in the markets in which we have shops.
In order to ensure the quality of INDISKA’s products, a number of mandatory, continuously repeated quality tests are conducted at both internal and external, independent laboratories.
Washing, shrinkage and colour-fastness
Clothes, home textiles and accessories are washed several times, where shrinkage, warping, colour-fastness and durability are tested in order to follow up that they meet INDISKA’s requirements.
Some materials with loosely spun fibres such as tricot and knits are also tested for burling in order to ensure that durability meets the requirements for normal use.
We also test the thin textile materials in the risk zone to ensure that they meet international requirements on flame resistance.
Light resistance test
Many of our curtains are tested for light resistance in order to ensure that they are sufficiently resistant to fading in strong sunlight.
At INDISKA we work with continuous product development from design to production so that primarily products such as lanterns, ceramics and electric lamps are functional and durable but above all safe to use. Products where there is the least doubt about safety are immediately removed from sales.
Lanterns and votive candles are tested according to a requirement list that is based on continuous product development and the long experience we have at INDISKA of these products. But it is important that customers are aware that products where candles are used can never be one hundred percent safe. Candles require presence and continual monitoring.
Naturally, our lamps are manufactured by well-qualified, certified suppliers. We carefully follow up that workers are trained and qualified, that electrical equipment has protective grounding and is approved according to international standards in order to be sure that the mandatory CE mark lives up to the safety it represents.
Wood and furniture
INDISKA’s furniture is chiefly made in India. Indian laws require that all wood used in the manufacture of furniture must come from plantations that are approved and certified by the Indian government and its employed forest keepers.
At INDISKA, we are careful about ensuring that the wood used in our furniture only comes from these approved and certified plantations or that it has been certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).
INDISKA supports animal rights and wants animal rights to be respected in all parts of the processing chain. We have also entered an agreement with the Swedish animal rights organisation Djurens Rätt.
INDISKA does not sell fur, either as clothes, accessories or other products.
INDISKA refrains from selling merino wool from Australia under current conditions in husbandry. This does however not mean that we can guarantee that there is no merino wool from Australia in the articles we have in our shops.
At INDISKA, we work actively to limit the use of hazardous chemicals in our production and in our products. Our suppliers undertake in writing through agreements to follow our chemicals guide, the “Guide to buying terms for the chemical content” of the Textile Importers’ Association in Sweden.
We actively participate in networks and seminars to acquire information on and knowledge of chemicals, new laws and statutes.
In order to ensure that our requirements are met, regular tests for chemicals are conducted on the products by independent laboratories. If a product fails a test, the supplier must change his process to meet requirements and if the requirements are not met the order is cancelled.
See below for some of the tests that are regularly carried out.
Unfortunately, many people suffer from nickel allergy, and since 2003 INDISKA tests for nickel in all jewellery and accessories that come in contact with the skin. The tests are conducted at independent laboratories.
Lead is a poisonous heavy metal that is to be phased out according to a directive. Since 2008 we do not allow lead in our jewellery and accessories, and all products are tested at independent laboratories.
Lead and cadmium in glazing
INDISKA’s ceramics are regularly tested to check that glazing does not contain lead or cadmium that can be precipitated in contact with acid foodstuffs. Our production has for several years been limited to a few manufacturers where we can ensure good control.
Chromium VI (Chromium +6)
Our leather bags are tested for chromium VI content, which can occur as a by-product if too much chromium salt is used in tanning. Chromium VI is toxic and carcinogenic.
Certain azo dyes can break down into carcinogenic arylamines. INDISKA regularly tests products that are in the risk zone.
Reach is the name for the EU’s overarching chemicals legislation, whose purpose is to draw attention to and phase out hazardous chemicals. New chemicals are regularly listed on the so-called candidate list.
At INDISKA, we keep well-informed of new chemicals that are added to Reach’s candidate list. We continuously keep our suppliers informed in order to prevent listed and prohibited chemicals from being used in processes and manufacture. Safe manufacture and safe products apply to both our customers and to those who work in the factories.