Oeko-Tex, based in Zurich, Switzerland, said it has long supported the vision of globally implementing sustainable and green chemistry and best practices in the textile, apparel and footwear industries in order to protect consumers, workers and the environment. The organization, which works with 10,000 manufacturers, brands and retailers in nearly 100 countries to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances, said it looks forward to collaboration with other leading brands and contributors that are also members of the ZDHC program.
“Oeko-Tex has long been committed to helping companies reduce the use of toxic chemicals throughout their supply chains,” says Georg Dieners, general secretary of Oeko-Tex. “We look forward to engaging actively with the ZDHC and its other members to achieve the milestones set forth in the Joint Roadmap to eliminate hazardous chemicals from the supply chain by 2020.”
Dieners said collectively, Oeko-Tex believes that industry-wide change in responsible chemicals management, sustainability and transparency is possible.
Also joining ZDHC are the Quality Certification Institute for the Leather Sector, MAS Holdings, Siam Pro Group, TUV SUD and the Fiber and Textile Chemicals Technology Division of the Industrial Technology Research Institute.
The ZDHC program takes a holistic approach to tackling the issue of hazardous chemicals in the global textile and footwear value chain. The vision of ZDHC is the widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry and best practices in the textile and footwear industries to protect consumers, workers and the environment. It aims to achieve this goal of eliminating the use of priority chemicals by focusing on the Manufacturing Restricted Substances List & Conformity Guidance, wastewater quality, audit protocol, research, data and disclosure and training.
After 25 years, the Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex is the global benchmark for textile products that have been tested to be free from harmful levels of more than 300 concerning chemicals. The latest annual update to the Standard 100, announced earlier this month, includes changes that more fully support the ZDHC goals.
All of the products within the Oeko-Tex portfolio are used to strengthen our customers’ systems, processes or products and, ultimately, help create more sustainable companies.