DETOX TO ZERO helps you meet Greenpeace Detox Campaign Goals.

OEKO-TEX® DETOX TO ZERO is an easy-to-use verification system for textile facilities that wish to achieve the Greenpeace Detox campaign objectives. DETOX TO ZERO is not a classic pass/fail certification system. Instead, it emphasizes continuous improvement through regular analysis of company practices with a plan to reduce hazardous substances in production and introduce environmental protection measures. DETOX TO ZERO compiles an annual status report that lists the chemicals used and assesses waste and wastewater handling and environmental protection measures.

With an existing DETOX TO ZERO status report, expansion to the OEKO-TEX® STeP production facility certification is easy to achieve. The status report on DETOX TO ZERO performance is then shown on the STeP certificate.

Please choose HOHENSTEIN as your partner laboratory when completing the online form.



DETOX TO ZERO Supports You

OEKO-TEX® DETOX TO ZERO enables textile industry manufacturers to assess the status of their chemical management systems and the quality of their wastewater and sludge and to document through independent verification. The ultimate goal is to completely eliminate eleven dangerous chemical groups from textile production because these groups contaminate the environment and can accumulate in the human body.


Basic Facts

DETOX TO ZERO compiles an annual status report that lists the chemicals used and assesses waste and wastewater handling and environmental protection measures. It gives both the production facility and its customers a tool for continuous monitoring of progress toward Detox campaign fulfillment.


DETOX TO ZERO is for companies aligned with Greenpeace Detox

DETOX TO ZERO is designed for suppliers of brands and retailers that have signed up to the Greenpeace Detox agreement and for suppliers and purchasers who endeavor to proactively ensure compliance with the Greenpeace Detox campaign.



DETOX TO ZERO analyzes and evaluates:

  • The conformity of wastewater and sludge with the OEKO-TEX® DETOX TO ZERO Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL)
  • The conformity of the chemicals stored in the company with the OEKO-TEX® DETOX TO ZERO MRSL
  • The company organization (management system and structural organization, compliance with legal requirements for the storage and handling of chemicals, environmental protection, health and safety of employees, production process)
Process + Validity

DETOX TO ZERO Certification Steps

  1. Application
    Applicant completes the online application and chooses Hohenstein as the institute.
  2. Evaluation
    Applicant completes the online questionnaire and provides required documentation where needed
  3. Data analysis
    We check all data submitted by the applicant.
  4. On-site audit
    Our auditor verifies applicant's data on-site at the production facility.
  5. Status report
    We conduct a& final evaluation and create a status report.

The DETOX TO ZERO status report is valid for one year.

Please choose HOHENSTEIN as your partner laboratory when completing the online form.


The DETOX TO ZERO system is fully integrated into the OEKO-TEX® System. DETOX TO ZERO operates through the same software as OEKO-TEX® STeP, which allows you to enter operating data and continuously monitor progress. DETOX can also be integrated into the STeP certificate.


About the Greenpeace Detox campaign

The DETOX campaign was initiated by Greenpeace in 2011, targeting the elimination of hazardous substance usage within textile and leather industry supply chains. The main goal of the campaign is to reduce the use of eleven listed chemicals in the production chains and in textiles to zero.

For companies, a commitment to the detox campaign means that they dedicate themselves to a transparent supply chain, comprehensive chemicals management that checks the use of hazardous substances for contamination and for substituting or removing harmful chemicals.

DETOX TO ZERO is an independent verification that assesses, audits and reports on the wastewater and sludge quality, the use of chemicals and other environmental aspects to support companies on the path to greater transparency and sustainability. With DETOX TO ZERO, companies can gradually implement the requirements of the Greenpeace DETOX campaign in their production.

DETOX TO ZERO Reporting Benefits:

  • Steady optimization and continuous monitoring of chemical management systems based on the Detox campaign objectives
  • Credible communication/documentation of your detox performance with the independent status report
  • The status report provides a plan for continuous improvement to ensure that the chemicals used comply with the OEKO-TEX® DETOX TO ZERO MRSL
  • Independent data evaluation and verification
  • Compliance with legal and/or NGO requirements
  • Key textile expertise by your side at every stage from data collection to the final evaluation
  • Full integration into the OEKO-TEX® System for product responsibility is possible at any time with OEKO-TEX® STeP
  • Optimization of process and product safety at every stage along the textile chain


Ben Mead
Managing Director
Hohenstein Americas