One focus of our activities is reducing the environmental impact of resource production and the manufacture of our consumer goods. The Detox program for avoiding the use of hazardous chemicals in textile production is an essential element in this. By signing the Greenpeace Detox Commitment in October 2014, we publicly reaffirmed our commitment.

Tchibo Detox Commitment 2014

Detox Progress Report 2019

The Progress Report provides a detailed insight into the measures taken to date to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals in textile production.

Detox Progress Report 2019

Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL): ZDHC MRSL 2.0

Beyond the usual harmful substances tests on the product, Tchibo also monitors and regulates the use of chemicals in the supply chain. For this purpose, Tchibo requested compliance from the suppliers with the “Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL)” since 2015. This list includes potentially hazardous substances which must not be used during the manufacture of textiles.
In the past at Tchibo we have developed our MRSL list and continued it on our own. Delightedly, meanwhile part of our industry has agreed on a common list with an ambition level comparable to ours. As member of the ZDHC initiative we support this important common approach. Therefore we discontinue our Tchibo MRSL 4.0 and subscribe to the joint ZDHC MRSL 2.0.

Manufacturing Restricted Substances List ZDHC MRSL 2.0

Training Manual for Suppliers

Tchibo supports its suppliers and their wet processing plants in implementing an integrated chemical management system. In addition to on-site training measures, Tchibo provides its suppliers with a manual that provides operational support for implementing Tchibo requirements.

Chemicals Management Training Manual (PDF, 3 MB)

Chinese version: Chemicals Management Training Manual (PDF, 3 MB)

Industry-wide supporting documents

As part of its membership in the 'Partnership for Sustainable Textiles' Tchibo worked with EDEKA and the Otto Group to develop an introductory information kit for suppliers. This enables all alliance members to harmonize their chemical management communications.

Textile Alliance introductory information for suppliers (PDF, 2 MB)

Tchibo is committed to raising the industry’s awareness of the environmental impact of certain finishing processes. The fact sheets on critical substances and substance groups jointly developed in the Textile Alliance are one instrument for this.

Antimony (PDF, 945 KB)

Di(ethylhexyl)phthalates (DEHP) (PDF, 972 KB)

EDTA and DPTA (PDF, 884 KB)

Formaldehydes (PDF, 1 MB)

Per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PDF, 782 KB)

Potassium permanganate (KMnO4) (PDF, 754 KB)

Quinoline (PDF, 612 KB)

Tchibo provides its suppliers with a guide to inventorying the chemicals used in production. This template was jointly developed in the 'Partnership for Sustainable Textiles' in consultation with the Zero Discharge Hazardous Chemicals Group (ZDHC), and can be used by all a lliance members.

Chemical Inventory Template (Excel, 115 KB)

Tchibo and its suppliers have managed to initiate the successful substitution of hazardous chemicals in several cases. The results are published as case studies on, and can help other companies and producers to select suitable chemicals.

Case study on PFCs:

Case study on APEOs/APs: 

Case study on chlorinated solvents:

Case study on phthalates: