Building Trust: The Success Story of SIJO and the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program

24 June 2024

In a recent interview with Customer Success Manager, Leah McInerney, Elise Sabak from SIJO shared the remarkable journey and success of their brand in partnership with the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program.

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Sleep Awareness Week: Unlocking the Secrets of Quality Sleep

14 March 2024

As we round out another Sleep Awareness Week, we want to take a few minutes to recognise the profound impact of sleep on our overall health and wellbeing, and how by prioritizing a healthy sleep environment, with a focus on bedding, we can unlock the secrets to quality, restorative rest.

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4 CERTIFIED Products On One Recommended List!

11 May 2023

This recommended list on BuzzFeed is brimming with asthma & allergy friendly® CERTIFIED products!


A Testimonial from Sijo, the Luxe Bedding Company

13 March 2023

In this video ASL Director of Marketing, Vikki Keenan, talks to Elise Sabak of Sijo, the luxe bedding company, about their asthma & allergy friendly® certification

US Trade Mission Retrospective

US Trade Mission Retrospective – The Highlights

15 February 2023

The team has returned from a hugely successful trip to the US and it’s time to look back on the highlights

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Expanded Choices in Floor Coverings as Standards Organisation Launches New Certification Encompassing Asthma Triggers

31 January 2023

Certain floor coverings have long been considered suboptimal for those impacted by asthma and allergies but a new certification standard developed by ASL brings new science to the debate


Pegasus Home Fashions Launches Beautyrest® CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® Collection

14 December 2022

We are delighted to announce that Pegasus Home Fashions has launched its Beautyrest® CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® Collection


The S in ESG does not stand for “Simple”

30 September 2022

A trip to New York Fall Market Week prompted our CIO Dave Morrissey to consider the S in ESG and why it is so often misunderstood

Fall Market Week

A Look Back at Fall Market Week

26 September 2022

A whirlwind visit to NewYork Fall Market Week demonstrated to ASL how the textile industry is thriving and we were delighted to be involved

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ASL will attend the celebratory Trailblazers & Titans Gala and sponsor the scholarship program

14 September 2022

Next week ASL will attend the celebratory Trailblazers & Titans Gala, co-hosted by the Home Fashions Product Association (HFPA) and Home Textiles Today (HTT) and will sponsor the HFPA scholarship program


Allergy Standards Ltd Certifies ClevaMama Products

13 September 2022

We are delighted to announce that ClevaMama brand ClevaFoam Pillow and Pod have been awarded asthma & allergy friendly® Certification

New York Home Fashion Market Week

New York Home Fashion Market Week 2022

12 September 2022

NY Market Week is on the horizon and we are looking forward to a busy week catching up with existing clients, meeting potential new clients and of course the Trailblazers & Titans event that we are so proud to sponsor

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SIJO earns asthma & allergy friendly® certification for bedding collection

23 August 2022

We are delighted to announce that SIJO’s AiryWeight™ Eucalyptus Textiles Collection has earned asthma & allergy friendly® certification.

Healthier Homes Awareness

Why Certified asthma & allergy friendly® Means Healthier Indoor Air for Everyone

1 November 2021

Healthier indoor air for everyone is a necessity if we want to prevent against disease and we believe CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® products are the best choices available to help control and improve indoor air quality.

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Mistakes Made When Building A Healthy Home

1 April 2021

Building a healthy home may seem complicated or even overwhelming but by breaking down the various aspects of a build, the task can be simplified. Firstly consider the material the building is made from, then how the home is decorated or finished, which also includes the ventilation, and finally what we bring into the building and how we maintain the building.


Things to Consider When Building or Designing A Kitchen for Those Impacted by Asthma and Allergies

25 February 2021

The kitchen is an area of high traffic with many different sources of asthma and allergy triggers. Cooking and cleaning introduce particles and allergens into the air; flooring, paints and insulation can release potentially harmful chemicals; insects, attracted to food, can act as triggers; pollen is brought in on clothing from outside. Furniture, sealants, glues and home office equipment can emit harmful chemicals and furthermore, the kitchen is where a pet is most likely to spend its time

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Things to consider when building/designing a bedroom for those impacted by asthma and allergies

16 February 2021

We know that people spend up to 90% of their life indoors and 30% of this time may be in the bedroom. Infants and young children spend even longer than this. Integral to the designing of a well-functioning bedroom are the concepts of comfort, wellness and health but the bedroom can be rife with asthma and allergy triggers with the potential to impact on these concepts and turn a bedroom into a negative space.


Keeping your skin safer – Textile Certification Programs

4 December 2020

The skin is the largest organ in the body and is the one that is most exposed to external factors. As a consumer it can be very difficult to know whether a textile has had a particular finish, and even more so to know what chemicals were used to deliver this finish. In order to provide consumers with a signpost for textiles that may be more suitable for them and the environment, a number of certification programs have been established

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10 questions to ask your Textile Buyer

29 May 2020

Being CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® gives a product an edge over its competitors in many ways. What is it exactly that makes an asthma & allergy friendly® textile stand out? Here are some useful questions and answers to make that advantage clear.

Microbial growth in textiles

Antimicrobials in textiles – what you need to know!

2 March 2020

The global textile sector is enormous; in 2018 the value of the US textile sector was $78 billion and employed over 550,000 workers1. In 2017 China produced 79 billion metres of cloth2; that’s enough to go to the moon and back 100 times!

Textiles and clothes are a fundamental part of our everyday life however they also provide an excellent material for micro-organisms to grow on. Measures to prevent microbial growth on textiles and fabrics dates back to Egyptian times when mummy wraps were preserved using herbs and spices3.  Since then bamboo has been used in housing structures and design in China and in World War II a range of chemicals were used to impart antimicrobial activity to tents, tarpaulins and truck covers4. Prevention of microbial attack is essential for durability of the textile, in addition to potential use in prevention of transmission of disease.

Chemicals in Textiles and the Health Implications

Chemicals in Textiles and the Health Implications

3 May 2018

We are constantly in contact with textiles in our environment and so safety and confidence in these products is vital. In this article, we talk about the dangerous chemicals and their health implications as well as the various ways to ensure that our clothes, bedding etc are free from dangerous chemicals.

Bedding products from Indo Count becomes certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly.

Bedding products from Indo Count pass ASP:02:02 Bedding Certification Standard

26 September 2017

Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) today announced that certain products in the AllerCot bedding line from Indo Count have passed the relevant Certification Standards.

ASL attends AFAI Expo in New Orleans.

ASL team attends Industrial Fabrics Association International IFAI Expo

21 September 2017

IFAI Expo 2017 is organised by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) and takes place in New-Orleans, LA, from September 26-29, 2017.

Emily Walzer, Textile Insight's Director, and John McKeon, Allergy Standards' CEO

Allergy Standards’ CEO meets with Managing Director of Textile Insight

19 September 2017

As part of the Home Textiles Sourcing Expo last July 2017, Allergy Standards’ CEO, Dr John McKeon had the opportunity to talk with the Managing Editor of the magazine Textile Insight.


Robust Science sees International Textile Certification Program Expand

18 September 2017

It is estimated that nearly 70% of USA households are impacted by asthma & allergies and that these households want independent assurance that the products they buy will not adversely impact them.

John Mowbray and Dr John McKeon

Allergy Standards CEO meets with Editor-in-chief of EcoTextile News

14 September 2017

Dr John McKeon had the opportunity to meet with John Mowbray, Founder and Editor-in-chief of EcoTextile News at the Home Textiles Sourcing Expo.

Textiles & Allergies. John McKeon at Textile Sourcing show seminar NYC 2017

Textiles & Allergies – A short review article

11 September 2017

Ahead of our attendance at day 2 of the New York Home Fashions Market September 2017 meeting I thought I would review a paper we produced some time back about textiles & allergies.

Dr John McKeon Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at TexWorld USA 2017 in New York.

Wrap Up Report and Video Blog of Texworld USA July 2017 Program

11 September 2017

Ahead of their attendance at the New York Home Fashions Market September 2017 meeting, the ASL team have released their wrap up report and video blog of the Summer 2017 Seminar Series organized by Texworld USA, in New- York.

Dr John McKeon Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at TexWorld USA 2017 in New York.

Podcast – Texworld USA featuring Dr. John McKeon

15 August 2017

Dr. John McKeon, CEO of Allergy Standards Ltd., joins Stephanie Benedetto and Samanta Cortes on location at TexWorld USA 2017 in New York.

Texworld USA July 2017

Texworld USA July 2017 programme

17 July 2017

After the success of the New York Home Fashions Market Spring 2017, the ASL team will be attending the Summer 2017 Seminar Series organized by Texworld USA, next week in New York.

Courtney Sunna, Dr. John McKeon & Michele Cassalia at the New York Textile Building

New York Home Fashions Market Spring 2017 Report

6 July 2017

From March 27 – March 30 the Certification & ASL Team went to New York to attend New York Home Fashions Market Spring 2017, meeting with clients, attending industry seminars and speaking with key retailers.

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Webinar – Ahh, Spring Is In the Air – And So Are the Allergens

25 May 2017

On Wednesday May 24th the CEO and founder of Allergy Standards Limited, Dr. John McKeon, gave a webinar to representatives of retailers, manufacturers, component producers, and influencers in the textile industry.

New Study Finds Americans Aren’t Doing Enough To Prevent Cold & Flu

Webinar about the Allergen Avoidance market for textile products

19 February 2017

Join Dr. McKeon – Allergy Standards CEO – for an informative webinar entitled “A $10 Billion Market. How Can Your Products Get the Right Reaction?” on Wednesday, February 22 at 12:00 Noon EST.