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Technical Absorbents

8th January 2020, Zurich

New OEKO-TEX regulations 2020

At the start of the year, OEKO-TEX updated their existing guidelines as well as valid test criteria and limit values for their certifications and services – in line with consistent consumer protection and the sustainability of textiles and leather products. © OEKO-TEX.At the start of this year, OEKO-TEX updated its existing guidelines, as well as the valid test criteria and limit values for its certifications and services, in line with consistent consumer protection and the sustainability of textiles and leather products. Following a transition period, all new regulations will come into effect on 1 April 2020. An overview of the most important changes is given below.

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX now includes leather products

After the introduction of the MADE IN GREEN label for textiles in 2015, commencing January 2020 it will also be possible to award the sustainability label to leather products. In 2019, STeP certification was expanded to include leather production facilities.

OEKO-TEX now goes one step further with the integration of leather products with the MADE IN GREEN label. Leather articles labelled with MADE IN GREEN have been tested for harmful substances in accordance with the LEATHER STANDARD and have been produced in environmentally friendly facilities in socially acceptable workplaces in accordance with STeP. This ensures that consumers can also track leather goods such as clothing, shoes or furniture using a unique product ID or the specific QR code on the label to learn which countries and production facilities the article was produced in.

To monitor compliance of the required criteria on site in the production facilities, OEKO-TEX also conducts checks of production facilities with trained auditors. MADE IN GREEN has already been classified by Greenpeace as one of the most stringent labels on the market.

New additions to the limit value catalogues

After one year of observation, the carcinogenic N-nitrosamines and N-nitrosables substances have been included in the STANDARD 100 and the LEATHER STANDARD. Following one year of observation, the herbicide glyphosate and its salts have also been included in the limit value catalogue for the STANDARD 100. Specific limit values for the total content of the toxic heavy metals arsenic and mercury have also been defined in the STANDARD 100 and LEATHER STANDARD. The stringent requirements for residues in textile materials will lead to an overall lower impact on the environment, workers and consumers.

New substances under observation

In 2020, OEKO-TEX will observe various new substances based on the latest scientific findings and conformity with precise specifications. This primarily concerns some substances newly classified as SVHC, which, according to the REACH regulation for the protection of human health and the environment, have been identified as having particularly hazardous characteristics, as well as substances from the group of arylamines. However, various dyes, pesticides and perfluorinated compounds will also be examined carefully in the future.

Integration of DETOX TO ZERO in STeP by OEKO-TEX

Safe handling of chemicals and wastewater testing in production facilities have long been important parts of STeP certification. To manage the increasingly complex demands in textile and leather production, beginning 01 April 2020, DETOX TO ZERO will be an obligatory element for STeP-certified facilities using large quantities of water and chemicals (wet plants). A positive aspect of the new regulation is the future conformity of STeP with the Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL), the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) (Initiative and the criteria for the Greenpeace Detox campaign.

A free webinar with detailed information on the new regulations for 2020 for all OEKO-TEX products is available on the website www.oeko-tex.com  end of January 2020.

The new regulations are available in detail from the Downloads menu item on the OEKO-TEX website at www.oeko-tex.com.

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