Malaysian textile firm Penfabric, a subsidiary of Japan’s Toray Industries, has become what is thought to be the first vertically-integrated textile maker to start labelling its products with the Oeko-Tex ‘Made in Green’ traceable product label.

The move comes after the company was awarded the STeP by Oeko-Tex certificate for sustainable textile production, on top of its existing Oeko-Tex Standard 100. Both are required before Made in Green can be implemented, with the label showing consumers that the textiles concerned are tested for harmful substances and sustainably produced in accordance with Oeko-Tex guidelines.

According to Swiss textile testing institute Testex, Penfabric is the world’s first integrated textile company undertaking spinning, weaving, dyeing, printing and finishing to be awarded the STeP by Oeko-Tex certificate and the Made in Green product label.

Penfabric operates four mills that produce yarns, grey fabrics, finished fabrics, piece-dyed fabrics, printed fabrics and yarn-dyed (gingham) fabrics.

The company has been certified for Oeko-Tex Standard 100 since 1996, and all its production facilities are certified to the ISO 9001-2008 quality management system, and the ISO 14001 environmental management system.

Not only is Penfabric working to drive sustainable economic growth, but according to managing director HS Teh, is saving time and resources otherwise required for other audits, thanks to STeP’s "more efficient and comprehensive certification process.

"Its all-inclusive package enables the company to provide clear and complete documentation of our commitment to sustainability throughout the supply chain."

Last month German textile importer C Melchers GmbH & Co, and knitted goods manufacturer Mattes & Ammann GmbH & Co became the first companies to receive the Made in Green label in the B2B sector.

The label offers textile companies the chance to demonstrate socially responsible working conditions and environmentally friendly production processes – and highlights to the consumer that products have been manufactured by using environmentally friendly processes and under safe and socially responsible working conditions.