SUSTAINABILITY

Oeko-Tex® launches new Eco Passport certification for sustainable textile chemicals

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Female researcher working in laboratory
Female researcher working in laboratory
Female researcher working in laboratory

The Oeko-Tex® Association has officially launched the new Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex® certification for sustainable textile chemicals. It offers to textile chemical manufacturers a confidential and independent method to reassure their customers that chemicals, colorants, and auxiliaries are in line with the industry’s sustainability requirements and initiatives. Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex® is a two-step verification procedure by which manufacturers of textile processing chemicals and chemical compounds are able to confirm that their products meet the criteria for environmentally responsible textile production. It modified the original Eco Passport concept to improve functionality. In the initial analysis, chemical compounds are checked against a comprehensive Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL) that incorporates the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 RSL and the STeP by Oeko-Tex® Mrsl, both of which are compliant with Reach and Zdhc guidelines. Next, the textile chemicals, colorants, and auxiliaries are analyzed within a well-reasoned laboratory testing framework to ensure that they do not contain any unsafe contaminants.