Support continues to grow for the elimination of hazardous chemicals

Support continues to grow for the elimination of hazardous chemicals

Four new apparel industry groups have become the latest affiliates of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group – including the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC).

The ZDHC group is made up of leading global clothing and footwear brands including Adidas, Benetton, C&A, Gap Inc, H&M, Inditex, Levi Strauss & Co, M&S, Nike and PVH Corp, and is working to steer the industry towards a goal of reducing the discharge of harmful chemicals to zero by 2020.

The latest 'value-chain affiliates' are the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), Italian tanning industry union Unione Nazionale Industria Conciara (UNIC), testing laboratory and product certification system Seri.co of Centro Tessile Serico (CTS), and high-tech polymer material supplier Covestro.

"We're excited to see continued support for the elimination of hazardous chemicals," says ZDHC executive director Frank Michel.

"In particular, we're pleased to announce the formal collaboration with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, as we share a large number of overlapping brands, and this collaboration will strengthen our work."  

One of the main objectives of the ZDHC programme is to reduce duplication and confusion of standards within the textile and footwear value chain, and collaboration, Michel says, is key to achieving this.

"We endorse the Higg Facilities Environmental Module (FEM) developed by the SAC and, as the centre of excellence for chemical management, we will be guiding the SAC on components related to this." 

The ZDHC Programme began in 2011 initiated by six leading brands and now consists of 22 signatory brands, 12 value-chain affiliates and seven associates. 

At next month's ZDHC-CNTAC Conference on Hazardous Chemical Control & Sustainable Manufacturing' in Shanghai, ZDHC will provide delegates with a first opportunity to try out its new Chemical Gateway, an online portal to help firms select compliant textile chemicals.

China event to reveal new ZDHC Chemical Gateway

Earlier this year just-style also spoke with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition's CEO Jason Kibbey about some of the ongoing challenges of measuring the social and environmental impact of apparel and footwear production.

No simple way to be sustainable, says SAC CEO