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Oeko-Tex commits to addressing key challenges
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Nov '14
Considering the heightened activity seen in environmental friendly textile production processes and activities like detox campaign and the resultant ZHDC initiative, the Oeko-Tex Association top brass confirmed their commitment to address these key challenges.

At their annual meeting in Vienna, Oeko-Tex general managers confirmed that they will continue to provide optimum support via their independent services to industrial and retail companies in the operational implementation of greater sustainability.

Oeko-Tex said activities such as the detox campaign and the resulting ZDHC initiative, the REACH regulation and also establishment of ‘Alliance for Sustainable Textiles’ in Germany, indicate that human-ecological product safety, fair working conditions and the use of environmentally friendly production processes represent key challenges for the textile industry.

"For more than 20 years, our product portfolio has specifically targeted challenges faced in the textile and clothing industry and thus offers companies practical solutions", Oeko-Tex general secretary, Dr. Jean-Pierre Haug said.

The textile testing body issued over 13,000 Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certificates in the past year, up 5.8% compared to its previous year, which helped the body to further establish its position as the global leading label for textiles tested for harmful substances.

The general managers were also pleased about the positive response by the industry to the STeP certification for environmentally friendly and socially responsible production facilities, which was introduced in 2013, as well as the MySTeP database, which was presented this year.

“Since July, a total of 22 production facilities in 12 countries have successfully passed through STeP certification, 29 further companies are currently taking the online assessment and the MySTeP database is currently used by some well-known pilot customers and can be used by all companies in the textile chain, regardless of whether they already have Oeko-Tex certification”, the Germany based company informed.

Oeko-Tex representatives expressed their satisfaction with the current status of the new ‘Made in Green’ product labels for textiles that have been tested for harmful substances and which are the result of sustainable production.

In the future, the new premium label will offer industrial and retail companies the possibility to recognise services provided along the supply chain with regard to their non-hazardous product quality, socially responsible working conditions and ecological production processes directly on the sales article for the consumer in a clear manner.

“The ‘Made in Green by Oeko-Tex’ label replaces the previous Oeko-Tex Standard 100plus as well as the Spanish ‘Made in Green by Aitex’ label and is currently in the final pilot phase before it is launched on the market,” Oeko-Tex informed. (AR)

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