Oeko-Tex is recognizing an industry leader for its sustainability.
The Swiss association awarded Sciessent, one of the leading providers of antimicrobial and odor absorption solutions, as the first company to receive its Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification for sustainable textile chemicals.
Eco-Passport by Oeko-Tex was launched in April after several manufacturers, including Sciessent, passed a six-month pilot period. Sciessent’s Lava XL self-regeneration odor control technology received the certification for environmentally-friendly textile production.
“We appreciate Sciessent’s participation in the development of this powerful new certification tool for sustainable textile chemical manufacturers. Their expert input throughout the pilot phase was instrumental in finalizing the Eco Passport verification process and validating that it is a robust and meaningful certification system,” Georg Dieners, Oeko-Tex general secretary, said.
Steven Cunningham, director of marketing at Sciessent, spoke about how the Eco Passport certification assists the company with keeping high sustainability standards in the textile industry: “Eco Passport provides a confidential, verifiable mechanism for us to confirm to our customers that Lava XL meets their strict criteria for environmentally responsible textile production,” he said.
Oeko-Tex’s Eco Passport analyzes textile auxiliaries, colorants and chemicals with a two-step process. The test ensures that all compounds and individual ingredients are sustainable, safe and regulated properly according to the certification system’s industry-wide standards. The comprehensive Oeko-Tex substances list checks chemical compounds and then tests them for unsafe contaminants.
Any compounds that pass both rounds are then granted Oeko-Tex’s Eco Passport, meaning that certified textile chemicals are safe to use in all Oeko-Tex Standard 100 products and in STeP by Oeko-Tex certified factories.