Since 1992, Oeko-Tex has worked to provide safer products by eliminating hazardous substances from the global textile supply chain. The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals’ Manufacturing Restricted Substances List covers chemical substances that are limited or banned from intentional use in the production of apparel and footwear materials and trim. Controlling or excluding the use of these substances supports the ZDHC’s mission of removing hazardous chemicals from the apparel and footwear value chain so that they do not harm workers, consumers, or the environment.
In January of this year, Oeko-Tex announced a partnership with ZDHC to collaborate with other leading brands and apparel and footwear sustainability advocates.
Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification program provides a confidential mechanism for chemical suppliers to confirm that their chemical products are safer to use in manufacturing. Now chemical formulations that are Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certified are recognized as conforming with ZDHC MRSL.
Oeko-Tex helps chemical suppliers verify their formulations while safeguarding their intellectual property. The Eco Passport program serves as a trusted third party system to review formulations. Industry, consumers, governments, and NGOs are asking for safer chemistries to be used in supply chains.
Chemical formulations are checked against the comprehensive Oeko-Tex list of substances of concern and then verified by laboratory evaluation to ensure that they do not contain unsafe contaminants.