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Chemicals management, the Hohenstein way!

Heightened consumer awareness, industry initiatives such as ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) or the

Greenpeace Detox campaign: they all pose new challenges for brands, retailers and manufacturers. The OEKO-TEX®

Association together with Hohenstein as one of its founding members has developed a comprehensive product

portfolio to provide everyone involved in the textile value creation chain with the best possible security and

conformity regarding the use of chemicals. This provides transparent testing and certification systems, which

build on and go hand-in-hand with one another.

The aim of the OEKO-TEX®  product family is not only the fulfilment of currently required standards and limit

values, but also the efficient path towards this — individually for each company. Four OEKO-TEX®  modules are

available with this aim in mind:

•ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® : Independent testing and certification for textile chemicals, colourants and

finishing agents.

•DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® : A status report to evaluate established chemicals management and waste water and sludge quality, with the aim of compliance with the Greenpeace Detox campaign.

•STeP by OEKO-TEX® : Independent certification of production facilities with holistic analysis and evaluation

of all relevant areas such as environmental management, environmental performance, social responsibility,

chemicals and quality management, as well as occupational health and safety.

•STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® : An independent certification system and label for textiles and accessories at any

production level, tested for harmful substances.

From input of the raw material through production and output to brands and consumers: all channels can be

seamlessly evaluated. With OEKO-TEX® and Hohenstein as a partner, every company can find its system solution.

ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®  tests chemicals, dyes and auxiliaries for harmful substances and environmental

parameters. All limit values for ECO PASSPORT meet or exceed the requirements of the current ZDHC MRSL. A

three-stage verification process evaluates whether chemicals are suitable for environmentally-friendly

production processes and use in textiles according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO TEX® . The certification process

includes comparison with the OEKO-TEX®  RSL and MRSL, conducting analytical laboratory tests for possible

contaminations and an on-site verification. During the company visit, Hohenstein looks at both environmental

management and the product responsibility measures. ECO PASSPORT is closely linked to the STeP and STANDARD 100

OEKO-TEX®  certification systems.

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