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Oeko-Tex Adds New Regulations for 2017

In addition to celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Oeko-Tex changed its Made in Green by Oeko-Tex, STeP by Oeko-Tex and Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex regulations on Jan. 5 to help companies improve supply chain sustainability.

The new regulations will support the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) initiative and the Detox campaign, which work to reduce the carbon footprint of textile manufacturing. These new changes will also foster the responsible management of potentially hazardous substances in the textile industry.

A new price strategy was developed for Made in Green by Oeko-Tex’s product label to meet textile market requirements. Label issuers now have the option to use smaller label packets or a single label for products that fall under Made in Green by Oeko-Tex.

STeP by Oeko-Tex’s limit value tables in Annex G1 and G2 were revised by Oeko-Tex, due to ongoing changes in the global environment, current regulatory developments and input from customers. Annex D in the document also has a new chapter, “Hazardous Processes That Should Be Avoided.” Avoided processes included using potentially hazardous surfactants, working with sodium hypochlorite as a bleaching agent and utilizing defoamers in textile production.

New regulations for Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex will also be enforced on April 1. The “per-and polyfluorinated compounds” parameter will receive more substances that are categorized by name and provided with limit values in product class I (goods for babies and small children). For product class I, the use of per-and polyfluorinated compounds is now strictly prohibited under these changes. The regulated softeners (phthalates) list also received additional substances. Three organic tin compounds dipropyltin (DPT), monophenyltin (MPhT) and tetraethyltin (TeET) are now monitored with limit values and the use of blue colorant “Navy Blue” is also prohibited under Standard 100 by Oeko Tex’s new changes.