The International Oeko-Tex Association of independent textile testing institutes has reconsidered the requirements of its products and has announced a large number of new changes to Made in Green, MySTeP (My Sustainable textile production), STeP (Sustainable textile production) and Standard 100 regulations.
The new requirements are to allow Oeko-Tex to implement significant support for both the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) initiative and the Detox campaign informed the Oeko-Tex Association.
A new release informed that the new announcements are determined to help the the textile industry to increase awareness with responsible handling of potentially harmful substances in textile products and sustainable production.
Made in Green by Oeko-Tex
The Oeko-Tex Association has settled a new price strategy for the Made in Green by Oeko-Tex product label to fully satisfy market requirements. 2 types of labels are offered by the new pricing strategy. The issuers use smaller packets of labels, or even a single label for their product to be labeled with Made in Green by Oeko-Tex.
STeP by Oeko-Tex
Oeko-Tex has improved the STeP by Oeko-Tex limit value tables in Annex G1 and G2 of the standard document. These improvements have been influenced by ongoing changes in the global environment, input from customers and current regulatory developments. Association added a new chapter in Annex D: “Hazardous Processes That Should Be Avoided”. These processes to be avoided include the use of potentially hazardous surfactants, sodium hypochlorite (as a bleaching agent) and defoamers that are potentially damaging to the environment.
Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex
The new announcement for Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex will come into force on 1 April 2017. Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex parameter “per- and polyfluorinated compounds”, a large number of substances have been added by name in product class I (items for babies and small children) and implemented with limit values. So that the use of per- and polyfluorinated compounds is strictly limited and nearly rejected. A huge number of substances is also comprised in the list of regulated softeners (phthalates).
Dipropyltin (DPT), monophenyltin (MPhT) and tetraethyltin (TeET) these three organic tin compounds are now regulated with limit values in all product classes. In addition, the use of the blue colourant “Navy Blue” is also now absolutely prohibited for product certification according to Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex.
Oeko-Tex will inform all concerned companies about the new announcement regarding product certification in line with Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex within the framework of a webinar on 25 January 2017.
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