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Greensboro, NC, United States, 2007/12/11 - Oeko-Tex will present “Textile Ecology and Oeko-Tex: Major Cornerstones for Sustainability of Our Industry” at the AATCC symposium to be held at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach, CA, December 12-13.
Dr. Manfred Wentz, U. S. Director for Oeko-Tex, will present “Textile Ecology and Oeko-Tex: Major Cornerstones for Sustainability of Our Industry” at the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) symposium entitled “Fashion Garment Washing: Trends, Fabrics, Technologies and Sustainability”.
Dr. Wentz, a leading authority on textile ecology and textile safety, was invited to share his expertise during the meeting session focused on environmental issues. His presentation will inform the audience about the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification process and the role it can play in the textile, apparel, and retail industries’ long term environmental sustainability efforts.
“AATCC members are very influential in the textile, apparel, and retail industries,” says Dr. Wentz. “They are in a position to review, educate and implement changes to make textiles even more environmentally friendly. With it, the safety of textile products is maximized and their impact on the environment is further minimized. I look forward to sharing the international Oeko-Tex experience with this audience.”
Dr. Wentz has been instrumental in expanding Oeko-Tex certification in the U.S. His work with fiber and fabric makers, garment manufacturers, retailers, and industry associations has increased the eco-label’s position in this country. Because of his global experience and expertise, he has been asked to advise several environmental task forces created by leading U.S. retailers and industry groups. He is a member of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA)’s Environmental Task Force (aatcc.org) that this year published their Restricted Substance List (RSL) for textiles and apparel. Last week, Dr. Wentz addressed automotive experts in Detroit, MI on Oeko-Tex and the ecology and safety of car interior textiles.
The International Oeko-Tex Association (Oeko-Tex.com), headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, was founded in 1992 by the Austrian Textile Research Institute and the German Hohenstein Research Institutes. Currently, its membership includes 14 independent textile research and testing institutes with offices in over 40 countries. To date, more than 60,000 certificates have been issued and 8,000 companies in 84 countries are working with Oeko-Tex to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances.