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proof. This modular principle avoids double testing and saves cost and time. It is the responsibility of the manufactures to sustain the human ecology and to maintain the quality of the merchandize by choosing the right ingredients at every stage of production. Ready-Made Articles Though all the elements have been tested and certi fi ed already, consistent with OEKO-TEX ® Standard 100, ready-made articles are required to have their own licence number; that is, the fi nal product is marked with neither the several OEKO-TEX ® labels nor the certi fi cate number of individual components. The manufacturers of ready-made articles have to assure compliance of their product with the obligation of OEKO-TEX ® criteria catalogue in all the individual cases and at the same time integrate these procedures into their normal quality assurance system. 4.2 Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) Sustainable textile production (STeP) has been introduced by OEKO-TEX ® certi- fi cation system for the bene fi t of manufacturers of branded goods, retailers, and other organizations in the textile supply chain. It serves as a means to communicate the achievements of the textile organizations concerning sustainable production to the public. The certi fi cation process is transparent, reliable, and apparent. STeP certi fi cation is applicable to all stages of textile goods production that begins from fi bre production and extends through the processes of spinning, weaving, knitting, processing (dyeing/printing and fi nishing), and fi nally the ready-made textile pro- duction (Fig. 11 ). Sustainable Practices in Textile Industry 89
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The main aim of STeP certi fi cation is to implement eco-friendly production processes permanently and also ensure optimal health and safety and working conditions that are socially adequate. The STeP standard is vibrant and keeps improving based on the technological changes. Benchmarks are validated fre- quently, and this helps the certi fi ed companies for continual improvement of environmental protection, social responsibility, and ef fi ciency. As a result, the companies are able to attain the best position in the market which is highly competitive. STeP acts as a source for global brands and retailers to look for suitable suppliers around the world who comply with their requirements concerning environmental protection and social responsibility. This facilitates all the organization in the supply chain to ensure sustainability jointly and also document their commitment clearly and completely. STeP certi fi cation helps to improve the ef fi ciency of the production processes of the textile and clothing manufacturers. It also enables the organizations to fi nd out their position with respect to sustainability and points the areas to be improved. The certi fi cation is independent and acts as a proof of sustainable production and builds brand image. It allows the companies to enter into new markets and improves relations through the supply chain.
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