How can textile production facilities successfully communicate whether, and to what extent, they meet the targets outlined by the Detox campaign which excludes process chemicals that are harmful to the environment? Launching immediately, the Oeko-Tex Association will offer a new tool as a practical solution to these pressing questions from brand and retail companies that want to meet Greenpeace requirements.
Detox to Zero by Oeko-Tex enables manufacturers along the textile chain to assess the status of their chemical management systems and the quality of their waste water and sludge, all documented using credible, independent verification. Detox to Zero by Oeko-Tex allows companies to better identify harmful substances in textile production, to handle them in a responsible way and eliminate them incrementally by 2020, contributing to the fulfilment of Detox demands.
Detox to Zero by Oeko-Tex is comprised of three basic modules: an MRSL screening of all chemicals used, an analysis and assessment of the established chemical management system as well as a review of all waste water and sludge with regard to the eleven groups of harmful chemicals condemned by Greenpeace. The results are summarized in an annual status report that lists the extent to which the company is already compliant with the Detox targets, and includes specific improvement suggestions for further implementation. With this status report, companies are also able to transparently communicate the stages achieved on the path toward complete elimination of Detox substances.
Stakeholder groups, such as NGOs or consumers, can use the website www.oeko-tex.com/detoxtozero to check company information at any time using the report number.