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Greensboro, NC, United States, 2008/01/25 - Dr. Manfred Wentz, U.S. Director for Oeko-Tex, will present “Textile Product Certification and Textile Ecology” at the AATCC Pacific Section meeting in Santa Fe Springs, CA, on February 20.
Dr. Wentz was invited to speak at the AATCC Pacific Section meeting after his presentation at the international AATCC Symposium entitled “Fashion Garment Washing: Trends, Fabrics, Technologies and Sustainability” that was held in Long Beach, CA on December 13. That meeting was attended by about 200 AATCC members from around the world. Dr. Wentz spoke about textile ecology and sustainability.
Stuart Williamson, Chair of the AATCC Pacific Section, says, “The West Coast textile industry is very interested in textile safety and ecology. Companies in the apparel and home furnishings segments are particularly sensitive to the growing consumer demand for safe textile products. Dr. Wentz is a global authority on the topic and we are pleased to have him share his expertise with our membership.”
“AATCC members are in a position to review, educate and implement changes to make textiles safer and more environmentally friendly,” says Dr. Wentz. “I appreciate the AATCC Pacific Section’s interest in the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 approach to textile certification and look forward to sharing our experience and knowledge with them.”
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification guarantees manufacturers, retailers, and consumers that textile products are free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances that can be dangerous to humans. The International Oeko-Tex Association’s 14 independent facilities test textiles for substances that are prohibited and regulated by law as well for substances that are known to be harmful but are not yet regulated.
Already well established in Europe, Dr. Wentz has been instrumental in expanding Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification in the U.S. His work with fiber and fabric makers, textile product manufacturers, retailers, and industry associations has increased the eco-label’s position in this country. Dr. Wentz has served on several environmental task forces created by leading U.S. retailers, industry groups, academia, and government agencies. He is a member of the American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) Environmental Task Force that last year published their first Restricted Substance List (RSL) for textiles and apparel. On December 4, Dr. Wentz also addressed automotive experts at the ITB Automotive Seating Systems Conference 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. For more information, visit the website.
The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC.org) is the world's leading not-for-profit professional association for the textile design, materials, processing, and testing industries. AATCC is internationally recognized for its standard methods of testing dyed and chemically treated fibers and fabrics to measure and evaluate performance characteristics. AATCC has thousands of individual and corporate members in more than 60 countries world wide. The association was founded in 1921 and is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC. For more information, visit the website. For information on attending the AATCC Pacific Section meeting, contact Stuart Williamson at stuart[.]jantex-irt.com.