At the 2021 World Climate Conference in Glasgow/UK, representatives of the global textile industry presented a more ambitious version of the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. In the updated charter, more than 130 participating companies have committed to limiting global warming to 1.5 °C. In turn, the textile industry has set the target of reducing carbon emissions by a minimum of 30% by 2030. To achieve this, the individual production sites need meaningful and reliable data. Oeko-Tex has recognized the need for action and has already started to develop a systematic analysis option in the sense of a life cycle assessment in 2020. The data can be determined with the help of the new Impact Calculator for STeP by Oeko-Tex. The tool is able to measure the carbon and water footprint of each process step, the overall process and every kg of materials or products used. In addition, a new certification for fulfilling due diligence obligations is also to be introduced by mid-2022: Responsible Business by Oeko-Tex.
The Oeko-Tex Association, Zurich/Switzerland, has now also released the annual updates to test criteria, limit values and requirements for its certification. All new regulations will come into force after the transition period on April 1, 2022. In addition, Oeko-Tex has included bisphenol B (BPB) in the Standard 100, Leather Standard and Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex certifications, as well as in the STeP by Oeko-Tex MRSL. The same applies to 2 additional colorants based on Michler’s ketone/base.
The new regulations 2022 for all Oeko-Tex products are available on www.oeko-tex.com/news.