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Oeko-Tex Launches New Chemical Management Tool

Oeko-Tex is providing a new compliance solution for textile manufacturers.

The product certification company debuted Detox to Zero by Oeko-Tex, a new documenting tool that enables textile manufacturers to evaluate their chemical management systems and waste water quality throughout their supply chains. Detox to Zero enables companies to assess harmful substances in their textile production, handle them in a compliant manner and gradually eliminate all hazardous chemicals by 2020.

Textile manufacturers are able to reach their Detox targets with the tool’s independent verification process. Detox to Zero features three components, including a MRSL screening of chemicals used in textile supply chains, an analysis of established chemical management systems and a review of all waste water measured by Greenpeace’s 11 groups of condemned chemicals. Detox to Zero’s results are arranged in an annual status report, which determines the company’s compliance progress with Detox targets and also suggests specific improvement initiatives.

The status report also enables companies to communicate openly about their progress towards a more compliant supply chain. Stakeholder groups, including consumers, NGOs and other industry affiliates, are able to visit the tool’s website to verify companies’ information. Using the report numbers, stakeholders can easily view companies’ greener initiatives and Detox evaluations.

Additional advantages of Detox to Zero include a comprehensive approach to measure chemical management, integration of environmental protection with customized management systems, comprehensive analysis of used chemicals to ensure compliance and full integration into the Oeko-Tex product stewardship program with the STep by Oeko-Tex software engine.

Oeko-Tex also takes other compliance factors into consideration, including elimination, prevention and transparency. Detox to Zero completion certifies that companies have eliminated the emission of toxic chemicals according to Greepeace’s priority list of 11 hazardous chemical groups, composed preventative measures for handling hazardous substances and established visible results for the public.