Berry has recently passed Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification for its spunmelt plants in Mooresville, North Carolina; Statesville, North Carolina; and Waynesboro, Virginia. The three plants produce materials that are used in health and hygiene products, which include baby diapers, feminine care, adult incontinence, and wipes applications, the company said in a press release.
This certification is an important step for Berry to deliver on its customer expectations of supply chain transparency, particularly with the growing utilisation of circular raw materials like recycled or renewable materials. The Standard 100 certification product label will be used by Berry for textile products to denote that all processing stages have been tested for harmful substances and that the article therefore is harmless for human health.
Standard 100 is certified uniformly around the world by the independent Oeko-Tex institutes and is applicable to all processing steps of textile products from the polymer to the end product. In addition, the Oeko-Tex certification confirms that the conditions of Berry’s production facilities are environmentally and socially responsible. To ensure statutory conformity in consumer and environmental safety, Berry will be a part of a continuous auditing process that is conducted by Oeko-Tex on an annual basis.
“We are excited to extend our environmentally responsible efforts for all of our U.S. spunmelt operations and will continue the process with other facilities as we move to address our customers’ sustainability goals and objectives. The testing and certification of these in-demand circular materials helps Berry ensure product safety for our customers,” Rusty Tindall, nonwoven product development director for Berry in US and Canada, said.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (GK)