For two years, home textile maker Matouk has worked to improve sustainability in its production facility in Fall River, Mass. And this week the company earned the STeP by Oeko-Tex certification for its efforts.
STep by OEKO-TEX is an independent certification system for brands, retailers and manufacturers in the textile and leather industries. The certification evaluates facilities based on six modules: chemicals management, environmental performance, environmental management, social responsibility, quality management, and health protection and safety at work.
“The STeP by Oeko-Tex certification process confirms that Matouk’s Fall River facilities are manufacturing products in a socially responsible and sustainable manner,” said Milt Goncalves, VP of operations, Matouk. “In addition, the comprehensive analysis and rigorous assessment of Matouk’s operations has given us a path forward to implementing world-class manufacturing processes which will ensure we are meeting and exceeding our customers’ expectations.”
The STeP by OEKO-TEX certification is the latest in Matouk’s ongoing effort to manufacture its bed, bath and table linens in a more environmentally and socially responsible way. The company encourages its material suppliers to achieve STANDARD 100 by Oeko-Tex certification, and Matouk also is working on certification of its manufactured products as well.
“While we’re extremely proud to receive the STeP designation from Oeko-Tex, we are only at the beginning of a lifelong commitment to sustainability and socially responsible business practices,” said George Matouk, Jr., Matouk CEO. “I hope that all companies, in their own way and consistent with the resources they have at their disposal, can likewise commit to concrete actions that will leave the world in a better condition than how we found it.”