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Technical Absorbents

24th April 2009, Greensboro, NC

Oeko-Tex standard 1000 certifies production facilities

 

The International Oeko-Tex Association is known around the world for its Oeko-Tex Standard 100 which certifies that textile products are tested to be free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances believed to be dangerous to humans. Oeko-Tex is also rapidly gaining global acclaim for its Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 which evaluates textile production facilities and certifies that they are employing best practices in environmental and social management.

“The Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 gives manufacturers confidence that their production facilities are operating according to the highest global standards for environmental and social responsibility,” says Dr. Manfred Wentz, U.S. Director for Oeko-Tex. “While the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certifies the textile products themselves, the Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 certifies the production facilities that make those products.”

The International Oeko-Tex Association developed both the Standard 100 and the Standard 1000 certifications in the 1990’s. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 launched in 1992 in response to growing consumer concern about textile safety. The Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 was introduced in 1995 to certify that textile production facilities meet strict environmental and social guidelines.

Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 certification involves a comprehensive review of a facility’s operations that helps plant management identify strengths as well as areas that require changes to be in line with accepted best practices. Plants are evaluated against environmental and social criteria such as:

•             No harmful substances in production processes

•             Responsible energy consumption

•             Effective waste water and exhaust controls and treatment

•             Minimal noise and dust pollution levels

•             Beneficial workplace safety and workforce management programs

•             No child labour

•             At least 30% of output production is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified

•             Reliable quality control mechanisms and procedures

•             Compliance with all statutes and governmental regulations

Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 certification acknowledges quality control, social and environmental accreditations that facilities may have put in place prior to seeking Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 certification, such as ISO or WRAP. Plants that use Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified raw materials or buy from Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 certified suppliers are also a step ahead in the certification process. For more information, visit www.Oeko-Tex1000.com

 About Oeko-Tex

The International Oeko-Tex Association, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, was founded in 1992 by the Austrian Textile Research Institute and the German Hohenstein Research Institutes. Currently, its membership includes 14 independent textile research and testing institutes with offices in over 40 countries. To date, more than 60,000 Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certificates have been issued and 8,000 companies in 84 countries are working with Oeko-Tex to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances. For more information, visit the website at www.Oeko-Tex.com .

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