ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX certification has been recognized by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) as an indicator of conformance with the organization’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL). The ZDHC’s mission includes removing hazardous chemicals from the apparel and footwear value chain so that they do not harm workers, consumers or the environment.
John Frazier, senior technical director for OEKO-TEX in North America, says, “The industry, consumers, governments and NGOs are asking for safer chemistries to be used in supply chains and that takes a degree of transparency. The ECO PASSPORT program serves as a trusted third-party system to review formulations. We help chemical suppliers verify their formulations while safeguarding their intellectual property.”
The ECO PASSPORT program analyzes a broad set of chemicals, including colorants, scouring agents, adhesives, inks, pigments and auxiliaries in a confidential, two-step process that confirms the formulations and individual ingredients (CAS level chemicals) meet specific criteria for sustainability, safety and regulatory compliance. Chemical formulations are checked against the OEKO-TEX list of substances of concern and then verified by 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.