OEKO-TEX® Expert Tapped for AAFA Sustainability Panel at MAGIC
Ben Mead, who represents the OEKO-TEX® Association in North America, will sit on an expert panel at MAGIC. Sponsored by the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) and entitled “Greening the Supply Chain”, the event will be held on Tuesday, August 16 from 1:30 – 2:30PM at the Las Vegas Convention Center, North Hall, Level 2, Room N251. Mead will join representatives from Alice + Whittles and AAFA to discuss how companies can manage, measure, benchmark, and leverage their sustainable supply chain practices. This leadership panel will also offer perspective on strategies for setting sustainability goals, engaging an organization’s key stakeholders, and marketing sustainability efforts internally and to consumers.
The OEKO-TEX® portfolio of independent, third party testing and certification programs offers many helpful tools for companies committed to sustainable textiles. The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is the global standard for manufacturers, brands, and retailers that want to ensure their textile products are tested for more than 300 potentially harmful substances such as lead and other heavy metals, pesticides, residual surfactants, carcinogenic dyestuffs, and formaldehyde. The STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification is available for textile manufacturing facilities that follow sustainable production guidelines that include environmental and social components. The new MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® consumer label is an important marketing tool for OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified products that are manufactured sustainably in accordance with OEKO-TEX® criteria. The ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification is designed for manufacturers of sustainable textile chemicals such as dyes, finishing agents, additives, and processing compounds. In addition to testing and certification programs, OEKO-TEX® also offers My STeP, the comprehensive online certification management system for manufacturers and sourcers who operate in the complex, global textile supply chain.
For more information about OEKO-TEX® textile certification programs, please visit www.oeko-tex.com. OEKO-TEX® is a premier sponsor of the AAFA. MAGIC runs August 14-17 at the Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay Convention Centers. www.MAGIConline.com.
The International OEKO-TEX® Association, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, was founded in 1992 by the OETI, formerly Austrian Textile Research Institute, and the German Hohenstein Research Institute. Currently, its membership includes 16 independent textile research and testing institutes with their representative offices in 60 countries worldwide. To date, more than 160,000 OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certificates have been issued—with more than 14,000 issued per year—and 10,000 manufacturers, brands, and retailers in 98 countries are working with OEKO-TEX® to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances. Now available are the STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification for sustainable textile product manufacturing facilities, the MySTeP by OEKO-TEX® database management tool, the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification for textile chemical compounds, and the Made in Green by OEKO-TEX® label for OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified products produced in accordance with OEKO-TEX® guidelines. OEKO-TEX® certified products and suppliers can be located in the OEKO-TEX® Online Buying Guide at www.oeko-tex.com/products. Connect with OEKO-TEX® on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/oekotex and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OEKO_TEX_Int.