United Kingdom / Switzerland – OEKO-TEX® announced that it is joining the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program. OEKO-TEX® has long supported the vision of globally implementing sustainable/green chemistry and best practices in the textile, apparel, and footwear industries in order to protect consumers, workers, and the environment. OEKO-TEX® looks forward to collaboration with other leading brands and contributors that are also members of the ZDHC Program. Collectively, we believe that industry-wide change in responsible chemicals management, sustainability, and transparency is possible.
Since 1992, OEKO-TEX® has been committed to helping companies produce safer textiles and operate more sustainably. After twenty-five years, the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is the global benchmark for textile products that have been tested to be free from harmful levels of more than 300 concerning chemicals. The latest annual update to the STANDARD 100, announced earlier this month, includes changes that more fully support the ZDHC goals.
“OEKO-TEX® has long been committed to helping companies reduce the use of toxic chemicals throughout their supply chains,” says Georg Dieners, OEKO-TEX® General Secretary. “We look forward to engaging actively with the ZDHC and its other members to achieve the milestones set forth in the Joint Roadmap to eliminate hazardous chemicals from the supply chain by 2020.”