Our Pollutant Management

Sympatex has been working intensively on the subject of pollutant management for many years and is playing a pioneering role in the textile functional specialist industry. As a supplier, Sympatex can help companies implement the use of harmless chemicals along the entire supply chain as well as the reduction of water and energy in the production process, materials and logistics.

Due to different customer demands and range of services by the test labels, we take part in varied certifications. Generally, there is a difference between the pollutant lists on the product that have to be checked – Restricted Substances Lists (RSL) – and the pollutant lists of the required components during the production process: Manufacturing RSL (mRSL).

While the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® only provides tests on the finished product (RSL), the pollutant list of ZDHC focuses completely on the supply chain and therefore on all chemicals that are used in the production process (mRSL). The bluesign® pollutant list (BSSL) is a RSL with consumer safety limits. Due to the comprehensive approach, the dangerous substances in the products as well as all relevant exposure scenarios are defined, and limits for chemicals are set.

The certifications contain the tests for different pollutants while different limits are used. In the following test labels, you will find our current certification numbers as well as the respective pollutant lists.

In general, Sympatex would like to refrain from confirming customer-specific mRSLs and RSLs.

Due to the multitude of legal regulations that Sympatex follows and also surpasses with certifications and due to the argumentation of the ChemSec article setting up an RSL, Sympatex aims to guarantee strict production conditions that are as consistent as possible.

Should it be unclear whether a substance of your customer-specific m/RSL is dangerous, you can test it with the help of the ChemSec tool Textileguide.

ZDHC stands for “Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals”. It is an industry forum that was founded by internationally leading brands, and it aims at completely eliminating the discharge of dangerous chemicals into the waste water by 2020. In the meantime, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles has adopted the pollutant list of the ZDHC. As a member of the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles, Sympatex has committed itself to supervising the complete supply chain with the help of the mRSL of the ZDHC. You will find all the information about this on the ZDHC website.

With Bionic-Finish® Eco, Sympatex has already been offering an ecofriendly fluorocarbon-free DWR (durable water repellent) treatment for textiles since mid 2008, together with its partner Rudolf Chemie, a specialist for bionic textile finishing. Sympatex was a pioneer, being the first functional specialist in 2008 to treat functional clothing completely without components containing fluorocarbons.

Sympatex Technologies is a founding member of the test and certification system STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. Textile products are tested for possible pollutants following strict rules. The Sympatex membrane is certified with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, product class 1, and can therefore be used for babies and small children.

Sympatex laminates and seam sealing tapes are certified with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, product class 2. So they can be used in areas with direct skin contact like underwear, bed linen as well as running and bike wear. With the OEKO-TEX® certifications, the compliance with the European chemicals regulation REACH can be tested and confirmed.

Here you can enter the following certification numbers and check the validity of the Sympatex products.

Certification numbers:
Membranes: 95.0.5054
Laminates: 94.0.7010 and 18.0.47614
Tapes: 03.0.8944

The current RSL and test methods are available here.

As a certified bluesign® system partner, Sympatex meets the strict guidelines for the protection of the environment, health as well as safety and stands for a production chain at a high and ecofriendly level. On demand, you will receive here the bluesign® certificate for the Sympatex membrane. The current bluesign® pollutant list BSSL is available here.