Companies committed to the Greenpeace Detox campaign often find themselves in the challenging situation of fulfilling the roadmap 2020.

DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® enables manufacturers along the textile chain to assess the status of their chemical management systems and the quality of their wastewater and sludge with regard to the Detox goals of the Greenpeace campaign, all documented using credible, independent verification.

Application for access to the DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® assessment
Application form DETOX TO ZERO

The DETOX TO ZERO by OEKO-TEX® system is focused on:

  • the establishment of a transparent chemical management system
  • a continuous improvement plan to reduce hazardous substances in the production process, e.g. comprehensive MRSL examination
  • wastewater and sludge measurements
  • improvement of protective measures for the protection of the environment

DETOX TO ZERO provides an annual status report about chemicals used, evaluation of waste and wastewater treatment analysis and environmental protection measures so the facility and its buyers have a continuous monitoring tool focused on achieving Detox campaign alignment.

The service has been developped for:

  • Product & Trade:
    Brands, retailers, importers
  • Production:
    Manufacturers, sourcing offices and agents
  • Chemicals & Components:
    Raw material suppliers, traders



  • Validation of the degree of fulfilment of the Detox requirements through an audit and evaluation report
  • Comprehensive approach to evaluate chemical management
  • Reduction of hazardous chemicals in textile production processes
  • Integration of preventive environmental protection through the implementation of management systems
  • Comprehensive analysis of used and stored chemicals to enable a continuous examination and ensure compliance with legal requirements and demands of NGOs
  • Transparency through communication
  • Wastewater and sludge data can be published and checked online via OEKO-TEX® website (after data release)
  • Full integration into the OEKO-TEX® product stewardship program by using the STeP by OEKO-TEX® software engine
  • Strengthen the process and product safety for each step within the textile value chain

Reason why

  • Efficient and validated mechanism to report the status toward Greenpeace’s Detox requirements
  • Independent data evaluation and verification via a third-party OEKO-TEX® institute
  • Textile exptertise from data collection to final evaluation
  • OEKO-TEX® is your established partner within the textile industry for communication with NGOs
  • The opportunity to fullfill your Detox commitment before 2020 and express your efficient, credible and sustainable approach in sourcing to more than 13.000 OEKO-TEX® users worldwide.

Scope & Process information:


  • MRSL (manufacturing restricted substances list) screening
  • Chemical management
  • Measurement of wastewater and sludge


  • Online-application or contact your serving OEKO-TEX® institute.
  • User receives brief questionnaire to gather:
    • Information about the Chemical Management System
    • Inventory of chemicals used including CAS number, MSDS information as well as main ingredients, components additives and, if possible, information about impurities
    • Wastewater and sludge information
  • On-site visit from an OEKO-TEX® specialist to verify the stated company data and process information.
  • Final status report including improvements and compliance level.

Validity of the report

The validity of the report is one year. A renewal can be applied for up to three months before the end of the validity period.

Further details:

The DETOX TO ZERO System is fully integrated and harmonized with the OEKO-TEX® Portfolio. DETOX TO ZERO is a tailored solution, based on the established STeP by OEKO-TEX® software. It creates an easy and efficient way to capture production data and monitors continuously the progress.

Apart from its focus on chemical management, OEKO-TEX® pays particular attention to the following key aspects:

  • Preventive consumer protection:
    Through the gradual reduction of hazardous chemicals in textile products and textile production processes, products, which are safe and ecologically harmless for humans, can be strived for already during the product development. Owing to more than two decades of experience in the field of preventive consumer protection, we believe the key to reducing the risks to human beings and nature lies in a strategic chemical management.
  • Strategic chemical management:
    Since its introduction in the 1990s, OEKO-TEX® has been known for its long-term and, at the same time, pragmatic approach to reducing the chemicals in the textile industry. With a gradual reduction of hazardous substances, we have succeeded not only in maintaining the global standard of consumer safety at a high level, but also in establishing the highest standards in production conditions. With DETOX TO ZERO, we will consistently continue along this path.
  • Intelligent prevention of water pollution:
    With DETOX TO ZERO, OEKO-TEX® is consistently pursuing the path of production monitoring. By means of a well-balanced concept, efficient production and, at the same time, responsible action can be ensured in textile production facilities. Thus, for us, prevention of water pollution starts already during the selection of the chemicals, process designing and during the everyday activities in the production facilities. Safety for human beings and nature can be guaranteed through targeted preventive measures.
  • Preventive measures:
    OEKO-TEX® assists its partners during the procurement and handling of chemicals and in the development of production processes. In doing so, the implementation of management systems has always been the core of our solutions. Because we know from experience that the list of banned substances can only be a component, but never the solution. Transparent and traceable processes for quality, safety, sustainability and consumer protection are the key, and OEKO-TEX® will gladly assist you with its expertise on the way there.
  • Transparency & traceability:
    Not only NGOs demand transparent production processes and traceable value chains, even consumers nowadays have a great need for information in this area. This begins with the selection of the suppliers and in ensuring the environmental and sustainability targets. OEKO-TEX® records and documents transparent production processes, time optimisation potentials and allows a comprehensible communication. For this purpose, we will assist you with our expertise.
  • Elimination:
    Eliminating all release of toxic chemicals and recognising that there are no environmentally safe levels for hazardous substances according to Greenpeace's priority list of 11 hazardous chemicals/chemical groups.
  • Prevention and precaution:
    Review and analysis of processes and measures for continuous improvement regarding preventive measures for the handling and the use of „hazardous“ substances.
  • Right to know:
    Documentation of the company‘s operations including training, environmental reporting, internal and external communications. One of the targets is a publicly available register on the website.

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