Taiwan safety and health technology centre Sahtech has become the first Asia-based consultant for the GreenScreen certification programme for textiles, developed to meet demand for safer chemicals in manufacturing and communicate their use across supply chains.

GreenScreen Certified, launched in 2017, builds on GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals and enables companies to transparently assess, compare and communicate information on chemical toxicity.

GreenScreen Certified Standard for Textile Chemicals sets three levels of certification: bronze, silver and gold. The multiple certification levels are designed to allow for continual improvement. They acknowledge organisations that are early in the journey to safer chemicals, recognise those designing formulations using more benign ingredients, and provide transparency on chemical hazards, while protecting proprietary formulations.

As the newest licensed GreenScreen consulting organisation, Sahtech can now assess whether products meet the criteria for GreenScreen Certified and will work to optimise their use of the GreenScreen tool.

"We are excited to have Sahtech make our methodology much more available to those in the Far East on the other side of the planet from our home base in Massachusetts. Sahtech will also translate future GreenScreen factsheets to [the] Chinese," it says.