Commitment to Eco-certification
There are many important schemes operating in the textile industry today, illustrated by three of the most well known examples below. Compliance with them signals a commitment to consumer safety, strict control of chemical inputs, and promotion of processes using best available technology (BAT).
Integrated, continuous and effective product stewardship practices throughout Huntsman Textile Effects are needed to meet the numerous requirements of eco-certification schemes.
This is the first restricted substances list (RSL) textiles to be widely recognized for the safety of the consumer. The standard defines and limits substances that should not be present on textiles eligible for the OEKO-TEX® label for defined end-uses -- baby articles, direct and non-direct skin contact, and decoration materials.
Another important part of the standard relates to the performance of the textile article, in particular the fastness properties.
Huntsman Textile Effects has developed a list of globally available dyes and chemicals according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 (edition 2014). This brochure will help to choose the right product for the article being produced, and will be updated annually.
Being one of the original supporting companies when bluesign® was founded, we believe in the need to both protect the consumers of textiles, and to manage the responsible use of dyes, chemicals and sustainable processes at the mills.
The declared objective of the independent bluesign® standard is to put a reliable and proactive tool at the disposal of the entire textile production chain — from raw material and component suppliers who manufacture e.g. yarns, dyes and additives, to textile manufacturers, to retailer and brand companies, to consumers.
Huntsman Textile Effects has an extensive range of products in the bluefinder® tool, which rates products as follows:
blue rating - may be used for all applications under the bluesign® standard
grey rating - may be used under one or more preconditions following the principles of the Best Available Technology (BAT)
black rating - equal to a banTextile Effects bluesign® approved Products List
GOTS was developed by leading organic produce standard setters. The aim is to define a single, worldwide recognized requirement that ensures the organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide credible assurance to the consumer.
The Institute for Marketecology (IMO) is one of the approved specialists in quality assurance of eco-friendly products, organic agriculture and management systems.
Huntsman is the first dye manufacturer to have a range of products to be approved by GOTS.
A regularly updated and extensive list of dyes and chemicals approved for use by GOTS is available.