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Performance materials division of BASF achieves Eco Passport

Feb '21
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The performance materials divisions of BASF, a German chemical company and one of the largest chemical producers in the world, has achieved Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification with two of their chemical products. Eco Passport is an independent certification system for chemicals, colourants and auxiliaries used in textile, leather and footwear industry. 
The chemical giant has decided to get certified because of the many competitive advantages, as well as to stay on top of their goals regarding sustainability and product quality. The BASF Group has subsidiaries and branch offices in over 80 countries and production sites on five continents. The performance materials division in Singapore brings together BASF’s entire materials know-how regarding innovative, customised plastics.
Active in four major industry sectors – transportation, consumer goods, industrial applications and construction – the division has a strong portfolio of products and services combined with a deep understanding of application-oriented system solutions. 
“Our material innovations combine aesthetics, functionality and performance. We often showcase how these innovations are providing the impetus for solutions that not only meet global energy demands, but also sustainability goals and prevalent regulatory trends,” Minli Zhao, vice president, consumer industry of BASF Performance Materials Asia Pacific, said in a press release.
Now two of BASF’s products with the name Haptex, which are innovative synthetic leather solutions, have successfully achieved the Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certifications with ZDHC MRSL Conformance Level 3. During a multistep process, it is analysed, whether each individual ingredient in the chemical product meets the statutory requirements and if it safe to human health.
“The unprecedented situation this year posed a great challenge, but BASF was determined to successfully achieve the certificate, which was recommended to them by the renowned ZDHC. Oeko-Tex is very reputable within the textile market and carrying its logo is a stamp of guarantee, that our products have adhered to sustainability standards,” Zhao said.
Zhao also goes on to elaborate that the competitive advantages of being certified allow BASF to stay ahead of regulatory curves and differentiate themselves from competitors in the market for synthetic leather and footwear production.
The Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certificate perfectly aligns with the company’s future and long-term sustainability goals, which include providing solutions that help reduce material consumption in application, extending their life cycle and committing and engaging to end plastic waste. 
“We take pride in the quality of our products so that they are more durable and eco-friendlier,” Zhao concludes in the release.

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