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New Oeko-Tex tool supports producers in achieving Detox targets

The new tool aims to become a practical solution for brand and retail companies who want to meet Greenpeace requirements.

21st October 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Zurich

Sustainable, Clothing/​Footwear

The new tool aims to become a practical solution for brand and retail companies who want to meet Greenpeace requirements. Detox to Zero by Oeko-Tex enables manufacturers along the textile chain to assess the status of their chemical management systems and the quality of their waste water and sludge, all documented using credible, independent verification.

Detox to Zero by Oeko-Tex

Detox to Zero by Oeko-Tex allows companies to better identify harmful substances in textile production, to handle them in a responsible way and eliminate them incrementally by 2020, contributing to the fulfilment of Detox demands, according to the association.

It comprises three basic modules: an MRSL screening of all chemicals used, an analysis and assessment of the established chemical management system, as well as a review of all waste water and sludge with regard to the eleven groups of harmful chemicals condemned by Greenpeace.

The results are summarised in an annual status report that lists the extent to which the company is already compliant with the Detox targets and includes specific improvement suggestions for further implementation. With this status report, companies are also able to transparently communicate the stages achieved on the path toward complete elimination of Detox substances. Stakeholder groups, such as NGOs or consumers, can use the website to check company information at any time using the report number.

Oeko-Tex brand portfolio

The Oeko-Tex brand portfolio, however, extends beyond the reaches of the Detox requirements. Managing systems and processes throughout the textile supply chain, Oeko-Tex services include a certification for non-hazardous and environmentally friendly textile chemicals, a product label for textiles that have been tested for harmful chemicals and produced in a sustainable manner, and a database for central supply chain management.

As the Oeko-Tex Association plans to celebrate 25 years of sustainable change in 2017, it is looking forward to introducing new services for the textile industry, as well as a new, refreshed look for the brand. Since 1992, more than 10,000 Oeko-Tex partner companies from industry and retail have relied upon the Oeko-Tex “Confidence in Textiles” promise and, with the Oeko-Tex portfolio of certifications and labels, contributed to enhanced consumer protection.

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