Esprit is preparing to extend the Restricted Substances List with a Manufactured Restricted Substance List

Esprit is preparing to extend the Restricted Substances List with a Manufactured Restricted Substance List

Fashion business Esprit has aimed to reinforce its green credentials by publishing a Discharge Progress Report and detailed test results on wastewater discharges.

The company uses independent test reports on chemical content for all of its products, and employs in-house laboratories to check products for restricted substances.

Esprit also joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals group (ZDHC) with the aim of phasing out all hazardous chemicals in the global textile supply chain by 2020.

It maintains a publicly available Restricted Substances List, revised annually, and is currently preparing to extend this with a Manufactured Restricted Substance List, including any harmful chemicals used in manufacturing which may be later washed out or undetectable.

APEOs – laundry detergent chemicals banned in the EU – have been “effectively banned” in Esprit products since 2012, and the company’s goal is to phase out all Perfluorinated Carbons by the end of 2014.

“Being sustainable also means creating high quality fashion that customers can enjoy for a long time, and making sure that we produce this fashion in a responsible way,” Esprit said.

“It is a continuous journey on which we strive every day to make a difference."