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Oeko-Tex launches MySTeP sustainability management tool at Texworld USA

The new database facilitates private, transparent communication between customers and suppliers, according to Dr Haug, General Secretary of the International Oeko-Tex Association.

14th July 2014

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Greensboro, NC

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

Dr Jean-Pierre Haug, General Secretary of the International Oeko-Tex Association, will announce another Oeko-Tex innovation at a Texworld USA gala opening that will be held on 23 July at the Javits Center River Pavilion, New York.

Dr Haug will present MySTeP, a robust, secure database application that houses a textile product manufacturer’s information related to its sustainable operations.

STeP certification

At last year’s Texworld USA, Oeko-Tex unveiled the new STeP by Oeko-Tex certification for sustainable textile production facilities.

This certification is designed for brands, retailers, and manufacturers from all sectors of the textile supply chain who want to validate their sustainable production in a transparent, credible, and clear manner that is consistent around the world.

MySTeP database

The MySTeP database facilitates private, transparent communication between customers and suppliers, ensuring that regulatory compliance data are complete and up to date.

 It also helps facility operators manage the components of a comprehensive sustainable production strategy that is both environmentally and socially responsible.

The new Oeko-Tex API (Application Program Interface) further aids communication and data sharing via portals and cloud-based vendor management platforms.

Confidential and effective

“Consumer demand for textile products made in factories that operate with respect for their communities, their employees, and the environment continues to grow,” said Dr Haug.

“The new STeP by Oeko-Tex certification and the new MySTeP database give brands, retailers, and manufacturers throughout the textile supply chain a confidential, concise, and effective method for optimising, tracking, and communicating sustainable production measures in a credible and transparent manner.”


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 16 independent textile research and testing institutes with 52 offices in 60 countries.

To date, more than 133,000 Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certificates have been issued—with more than 12,500 issued per year—and 9,500 companies in 90 countries are working with Oeko-Tex to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances.

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