WORLD: Zero Discharge group updates environmental roadmap
The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Group has launched version two of its Joint Roadmap, aimed at attaining a “new standard of environmental performance for the global apparel and footwear industry”.
Signatories who have committed to securing zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in their supply chains by 2020 include Adidas, C&A, Esprit, G-Star Raw, H&M, Inditex, Jack Wolfskin, Levi Strauss, Li Ning, M&S, New Balance, Nike, Puma and other stakeholders.
The group said the second version of the roadmap presents its long-term vision, as well as interim 2015 milestones and 2020 goals, building on the previous Joint Roadmap and on comments from organisations from inside and outside the industry.
“To achieve the goal of systemic change and commercialisation of new, preferred alternative chemistries, we will need to transform the industry’s manufacturing inputs and processes,” said Jessica Wollmuth, ZDHC programme manager.
“This requires full collaboration amongst thousands of organisations.”
She added that “good progress has been achieved thus far, and the Joint Roadmap, Version 2, lays a firm foundation for creating an apparel and footwear industry that delivers high quality products using safe chemistries”.
The group was accused of conducting a “greenwash” earlier this year by Greenpeace, which said it ZDHC was trying to avoid taking decisive action on the issue.
The environmental pressure group has again criticised this latest update, describing it as "yet more promises and pilots, rather than concrete actions to create toxic-free fashion."
"The ZDHC Group has so far only offered more promises to eliminate a limited portion of PFCs from their supply chains and products by 2015," says Ilze Smit, detox campaigner for Greenpeace International.
"What the world needs is concerted action that matches the urgency and severity of this issue.
"The key question moving forward is whether certain ZDHC group members will continue to delay and frustrate the progress of other more ambitious brands, or go 'all in' to create of a toxic-free future."
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