Ecology: Promotion of Sustainable Action
One of our greatest corporate goals is promoting sustainability in textile industry. We provide support to our customers through the development of modern, sustainable products and ecological procedures. By practicing these principles and following various ecological and social standards, we do our best to conserve valuable resources.
Environmental Protection and Conservation of Resources
At all of our business locations, we attach importance to conserve water, energy and raw materials. We consider this one of our greatest responsibilities. As a manufacturer of auxiliaries for the textile finishing industry, we have influence on which substances are used by our customers and which chemicals get released into wastewater and into the atmosphere. We are aware of our obligations to our environment and make large efforts to produce safe and eco-friendly products, and to develop procedures which do not pose risk to health or the ecosystem. When choosing our suppliers, we make sure that they also follow the same ecological and social standards which we consider to be of upmost importance.
Sustainability in the chemical industry, and for that matter in our company, is controlled and promoted through laws and regulations, such as REACH. We also participate voluntarily in different initiatives, such as the initiative Responsible Care® of the chemical industry.
Our company supports compliance with independent standards which promote sustainable production of textiles. Examples of these standards are:
- Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
- STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®
- bluesign® system
- Cradle to Cradle Certified™
The products and procedures which we offer to our customers help to advance sustainable action. Our development department is constantly improving our product range. Our aim to always offer the most environmentally friendly auxiliaries and to continually maintain conformance with various branch standards.
GOTS - Global Organic Textile Standard
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) provides guidelines for the ecological and socially responsible manufacturing of textiles. It is internationally recognized as the leading global standard for processing textile goods which contain at least 70 % organically grown natural fibers. The quality of GOTS certified textiles is ensured through independent controls of the entire supply chain, from the extraction of the raw fibers to the labelling of the completed textile products.
GOTS defines groups of substances which are not permissible, or only partially permissible, and thus not acceptable for use in the manufacturing process. We have been supporting GOTS since 2006. In the letter of approval from Ecocert Greenlife you can find a positive list of our products which have been approved for use in the textile industry according to the current Global Organic Textile Standard.
STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®
The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® was introduced in 1992. Since then, it stands for uniform, independently controlled quality of textile goods and all production stages. The inspection parameters, limit values, and testing methods are determined by the OEKO-TEX® test association. Testing for quality control and pollutant content of the textiles and materials is conducted and evaluated based on the criteria catalog of the independent OEKO-TEX® institutes.
In the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® considers several hundred individual substances and regulates the use of dyestuffs, chemicals, and auxiliaries. Most of our products comply with OEKO-TEX® and can be used in for textile finishing according to the current STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.
ZDHC - Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals
The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program was initiated by six apparel manufacturers in 2011. They aimed, and are still aiming to ban hazardous substances from the textile chain and to substitute them with more environmentally friendly chemicals. The ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) sets guidelines as to which chemical substances are forbidden for application in textile finishing, or for use in clothing and footwear. We already stopped utilizing most of the listed substances and substance groups several years ago. The ZDHC Chemical Gateway Database was established in June 2017 in order to encourage more involvement by the chemical industry in ZDHC activities, auxiliary manufacturers can register their products in this database. We are supporting this ZDHC initiative. As the first German producer of textile auxiliaries to join the ZDHC, we have been a Value Chain Affiliate right at the start.
Additionally, our products which are produced in accordance to the MRSL are listed in our ZDHC brochure. For simplicity, the brochure contains only a select listing of our most important textile auxiliaries. If you need information about our full range of products, please feel free to contact us.
The bluesign® label is presented by the Swiss company bluesign technologies ag. The bluesign® system aims to ensure sustainable textile production. Not only do they focus on avoiding dangerous, environmentally hazardous substances, but they attach great importance on the eco-friendliness of all production processes in the textile chain including the technologies applied and raw materials used. Social aspects and occupational safety in the production facilities of the bluesign® system partners are also taken into account in the certification process.
We have been an accredited bluesign® system partner since the beginning of 2014. Many of our textile auxiliaries are bluesign® registered and we are continually adding new products to this directory. In our bluesign® brochure we listed the auxiliaries which were already approved by the bluesign technologies ag for the use in a sustainable textile industry. Through the bluesign® bluefinder registered textile manufacturers and system partners can find our up-to-date bluesign® products online.
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Standard
Products which are certified according to Cradle to Cradle Certified™ can be reused in a material cycle. This shall help to avoid waste. Using Cradle to Cradle Certified™ products usually has no impact on the environment. The substances used in these products can be recycled after usage and utilized as technical or biological nutrients for the production of new products. In doing so, consumer goods such as natural fibers can be reused in a biological cycle. Via return or recycling systems, synthetic fibers can remain valuable resources in a closed circuit without impairing the products’ quality.
The Material Health category is one of five categories of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard. Material Health certificates can be awarded in Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum level. Such a certificate is given to products which are fulfilling the Material Health requirements of the multi-attribute Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard. The certificate is valid for two years.
We attended the Material Health Certificate program with several products. For our yarn lubricant PERIXEN FDA we received the Material Health Certificate Gold (Download Certificate). The product is fully biodegradable and compostable. Thus, it is appropriate for recirculation in the biological cycle.
For further information please visit the website of the Cradle to Cradle Innovation Institute.
Via the German Association of the Chemical Industry (VCI) we volunteer in the initiative Responsible Care®. Through this initiative, we aim to continuously enhance our performance in the fields of environmental, health, and safety standards beyond the realm of legal regulation.
We actively seek to improve the safety and environmental performance of our products and procedures. We know, as a manufacturer of textile auxiliaries, that we carry the responsibility for the chemicals which we make available on the open market. For this reason, we make sure that they do not pose environment or health risks during transportation or usage.
REACH is a regulation of the European Union which entered into force in 2007. The abbreviation REACH stands for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals. The regulation was introduced to reduce the risks posed by chemicals to human health and to the environment.
In order to attain this goal, all chemical substances must be identified, registered, and evaluated according to specific guidelines. After evaluation, the substances are then approved by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). If a chemical substance is determined to be particularly dangerous, ECHA will add it to the list of SVHCs (Substance of Very High Concern). Chemical products which contain more than 0.1 % (w/w) of these SVHC listed candidate substance are subject to strict regulations.
In accordance with article 23 of the REACH regulation, all substances, which are produced in annual quantities of more than 1 ton, have to be registered as from June 1st, 2018. Without registration chemical substances must no longer be produced by manufacturers within the EU.
We had pre-registered all manufacturing substances which are processed at Textilchemie Dr. Petry GmbH with the ECHA. Two of these pre-registered chemicals were already registered and approved. All further substances which are subject to registration were yet registered by our suppliers or by Textilchemie Dr. Petry GmbH in co-operation with other manufacturers.
Concerning the list of SVHCs, we can confirm that our product recipes are in accordance with the ECHA and do not contain more than 0.1 % (w/w) of any SVHC substances. With current consideration of REACH, we do not expect that we will be required to make any changes to our product range and plan to reliably and continuously supply our valued customers. As a customer and user of our products, you do not have to consider anything concerning the REACH registration when using our textile auxiliaries. We and our sub-suppliers already took all the necessary formal steps for you.
If you have any questions regarding the details of our REACH registration, please contact us. We will gladly tell you our UUID (Universally Unique Identifier) or our DUNS number (Data Universal Numbering System) upon request.
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