ZURICH, Switzerland — June 1, 2016 — The OEKO-TEX® Association is pleased to announce that Sciessent, the leading provider of antimicrobial and odor absorption solutions for the textile and apparel industries, is the first U.S. company to receive the new Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification for sustainable textile chemicals. Oeko-Tex issued the Eco Passport certification for Sciessent’s LAVA XL™ next generation self-regenerating odor control technology. In addition to being the first certificate recipient in the U.S., Sciessent was a critical participant in the six-month pilot test of the new Eco Passport program.
“The Eco Passport Oeko-Tex certification is an important part of our overall sustainability commitment,” said Steven Cunningham, director of marketing for Sciessent. “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.”
“We appreciate Sciessent’s participation in the development of this powerful new certification tool for sustainable textile chemical manufacturers,” says Georg Dieners, Oeko-Tex General Secretary. “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.”
Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex analyzes textile chemicals, colorants, and auxiliaries in a two-step process that confirms that the compounds and individual ingredients meet specific criteria for sustainability, safety, and regulatory compliance. Chemical compounds are checked against the comprehensive Oeko-Tex list of concerning substances that is compliant with REACH and ZDHC guidelines. The compounds also undergo laboratory evaluation to ensure that they do not contain unsafe contaminants. Compounds that pass these two phases are granted the Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certification indicating that the certified textile chemical is safe to use in Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified textile products and in STeP by Oeko-Tex certified manufacturing facilities.
Posted June 2, 2016