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EPEA Switzerland makes colorful textiles safer

Bäch SZ
– Textile dyes have for a long time been greatly criticized for the harm they do to the environment. EPEA Switzerland has now worked together with a number of companies to change this. Corresponding certification has also been introduced to improve transparency in the world of environmentally friendly dyes.
Chemicals and dyes are used to add color to textiles. In the past, the textile sector has often been severely criticized for the negative environmental impact of this process. EPEA Switzerland, the accredited assessment body for the Cradle to Cradle Certified certification standard and Material Health Certification, has played a key role in instigating a shift in this area. First, EPEA Switzerland worked together with a number of manufacturers to ensure that many chemicals and dyes in use today meet the criteria of a circular economy. Second, EPEA Switzerland also made it possible for these manufacturers to promote the environmentally friendly nature of their products by means of corresponding certification from the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
These manufacturers include the global leader DyStar Group, which is headquartered in Singapore and operates in more than 50 countries. With the Material Health Certified Gold Certificate, 39 of its dyes have been approved for use as part of the circular economy. This also underlines its corporate philosophy of prioritizing sustainability in production, logistics and services.
Similarly, the Swiss supplier Archroma, a spin-off from Clariant based in Reinach BL, has been awarded the Material Health Certified Gold Certificate to confirms the suitability of its 37 dyes for Cradle to Cradle. Once used on fabric, these dyes essentially come into ongoing contact with the wearer, so Archroma has focused on not only doing good for the consumer but also for the planet.
Textilcolor is a Swiss company located in Sevelen SG, which offers textile auxiliaries, dyestuffs and printer ink. Its 84 products have been either rated positively or awarded the Material Health Certified Gold Certificate.
These companies are setting the course for the future of the circular economy. By publishing their certificates, they and EPEA Switzerland are together leading by example within the industry.
Dystar
View Dystar on the website of the Product Innovation Institute.
View Material Health Certificate here.
View Product specification sheet here.
Archroma
View Achroma on the website of the Product Innovation Institute.
View Material Health Certificate here.
View Product specification sheet here.
Textilcolor
View Achroma on the website of the Product Innovation Institute.
View Material Health Certificate here.

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