The Oeko-Tex Association is launching a new tool as a way for brands and retailers to meet the strict requirement of Greenpeace’s Detox campaign.
The tool, Detox to Zero by Oeko-Tex, enables manufacturers along the textile supply chain to assess the status of their chemical management systems and the quality of their wastewater and sludge, all documented using credible, independent verification.
Detox to Zero 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 fulfillment of Detox demands.
Launched in 2011, Greenpeace’s Detox campaign has commitments from 76 international retailers, brands and suppliers.
In its 2016 Detox Catwalk list, Greenpeace singled out three apparel firms for being “ahead of the curve and on track to meet their commitments” to eliminate hazardous chemicals by 2020. The list examines how well-prepared companies that have committed to Greenpeace’s Detox 2020 campaign are to actually achieving that goal. In its third installment, the Detox Catwalk list zeroed in on implementation. Inditex, Benneton and H&M were the only companies to rank as “Avant-Garde.”
But the Detox Catwalk report noted that consumers’ addiction to fast fashion and increasing rate that clothes are made, bought, used and thrown away is ramping up the environmental impacts of fashion. Greenpeace will be pushing for more profound changes to “close and slow the loop.”
Detox to Zero comprises three basic modules — a Manufacturing Restricted Substance List screening of all chemicals used, an analysis and assessment of the established chemical management system, and a review of all wastewater and sludge with regard to the 11 groups of harmful chemicals condemned by Greenpeace.
The results are summarized 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 nongovernmental or consumers, can use the web site oeko-tex.com/detoxtozero to check company information using the report number.
The Oeko-Tex brand portfolio also includes managing systems and processes throughout the textile supply chain, such as certification for nonhazardous 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.