Sciessent’s LAVA XL™ Becomes First ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® Certified Product in U.S.

June 1, 2016

ECO PASSPORT helps brands select OEKO-TEX®-compliant materials to protect health and human safety

Wakefield, Mass. – Sciessent today announced that Lava XL, a next generation odor control technology, has been awarded the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification. OEKO-TEX® sets standards and evaluates products for potentially harmful substances.

ECO PASSPORT helps brands achieve or maintain a high standard for health and human safety by assisting in the sourcing and use of OEKO-TEX®-compliant materials. Textiles and textile ingredients that are OEKO-TEX®-compliant are free from dangerous levels of potentially harmful substances such as allergens and carcinogens. Sciessent is the first U.S-based company to complete the ECO PASSPORT program.

With a core mission to create products that are environmentally focused, Sciessent is proud to add ECO PASSPORT to a growing list of environmental and human health certifications for all of their odor-fighting and PFC-free water resistant products.

“Earning the ECO PASSPORT certification is an honor and incredibly important to us as we continue to build on our sustainability initiatives,” said Paul Ford, Chief Executive Officer for Sciessent. “This program helps to create an impactful, industry-wide standard for safety regulations that protect our consumers, our environment, and our manufacturing partners through the use of more environmentally-friendly materials.”

To gain ECO PASSPORT certification, Sciessent’s Lava XL passed two rigorous assessments driven by OEKO-TEX®, including a chemical substance comparison against the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Restricted Substance List and an analytical laboratory verification to confirm the product does not contain unintended by-products or contaminants.

Sciessent’s Lava XL, a standalone odor adsorption product and key component of Agion Active XL, goes beyond just attracting and adsorbing odors; it actually degrades them. This keeps Lava XL from becoming saturated with odor molecules, allowing it to perform longer while products are in use.

About Sciessent LLC

Sciessent is a leading provider of customized antimicrobial solutions that enhance the value of customers’ products. Agion® antimicrobial solutions from Sciessent have been incorporated into a wide range of healthcare, industrial, and consumer applications, including medical devices such as central-venous catheters and IV-access ports, drinking-water applications like water filters and ice-making equipment, and textiles and apparel. The company’s brands include Agion, Agion Active, Agion Active XL, Lava and Lava XL and are based on naturally occurring elements. Sciessent customers include leading international brands including Vygon, Medegen, Scotsman, Everpure, Follett, Honeywell, 10X, REI, Drake Waterfowl, Adidas, Reebok, and Skechers.

More about OEKO-TEX®

The International OEKO-TEX® Association, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, was founded in 1992 by the Austrian Textile Research Institute and the German Hohenstein Research Institutes. Currently, its membership includes 16 independent textile research and testing institutes with 52 offices and representation in 60 countries. To date, more than 150,000 OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certificates have been issued—with more than 13,300 issued per year—and 10,000 manufacturers, brands, and retailers in 98 countries are working with OEKO-TEX® to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances. Now available are the STeP by OEKO-TEX® certification for sustainable textile product manufacturing facilities, the MySTeP by OEKO-TEX® database management tool, and the Made in Green by OEKO-TEX® label for OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified products produced in accordance with OEKO-TEX® guidelines. OEKO-TEX® certified products and suppliers can be located in the OEKO-TEX® Online Buying Guide at www.oeko-tex.com/products. Connect with OEKO-TEX® on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/oekotex and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/OEKO_TEX_Int.