OEKO-TEX® DETOX TO ZERO is an efficient verification system for the textile and leather industry which aims to implement the criteria of the Greenpeace DETOX Campaign within production facilities. In this case, instead of certification, there is an analysis tool for the optimisation and monitoring of chemicals management and wastewater quality. 


DETOX TO ZERO is based on the DETOX campaign launched by Greenpeace in 2011 whereby the goal of the campaign is to exclude hazardous chemicals from textile production. With DETOX TO ZERO, OEKO-TEX® provides textile and leather producers with a practical and usable analysis and assessment tool which creates transparency and control in the use of hazardous substances. The focus is on:

  • Wastewater and sludge conformity in accordance with the DETOX TO ZERO Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL)
  • Conformity of chemicals used in the company as per the DETOX TO ZERO MRSL
  • General management with a focus on chemicals and environmental performance

When using the DETOX TO ZERO analysis and assessment tool, producers cannot “fail” or “pass” as this is not a traditional certification system. Instead, the focus is on a continuous improvement process. The situation is also analysed in the production facilities and a robust action plan is prepared which provides for the gradual reduction in harmful substances in production processes.

Who is DETOX TO ZERO aimed at?

If you have signed the DETOX commitment from Greenpeace as a brand or retailer, the DETOX TO ZERO verification system supports you and your suppliers in achieving the campaign goals. DETOX TO ZERO is also designed for buyers and suppliers who are proactively working towards compliance with the Greenpeace DETOX goals.

DETOX TO ZERO at a glance

Achieving DETOX goals

DETOX TO ZERO supports production facilities in achieving the goals of the Greenpeace DETOX Campaign.

For textile and leather manufacturers

DETOX TO ZERO is designed for wet facilities in the supply chains of the textile and leather industry.

MRSL screening

DETOX TO ZERO includes a review of the chemicals used in accordance with the OEKO-TEX® Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL).

STeP integration

DETOX TO ZERO can be fully integrated with the production facility certification OEKO-TEX® STeP.

Advantages for brands and retailers

  • With DETOX TO ZERO, you have at your disposal an efficient tool for communicating to Greenpeace and other NGOs the status of detox requirements already met within your supply chain.
  • DETOX TO ZERO enables you to optimise and continuously monitor chemicals management for your textile and leather production.
  • The comprehensive MRSL screening identifies hazardous substances, specifically in wastewater. A practical feasible action plan supports you in avoiding the use of toxic chemicals and also in the preventative handling of hazardous substances.
  • You have the option to easily integrate DETOX TO ZERO with the production facility certification STeP at any time. In doing so, the manufacturing conditions are analysed with regard to social responsibility and other sustainability criteria.