The China Textile Information Center (CTIC) has become the latest affiliate of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group, which is working to steer the industry towards a goal of reducing the discharge of harmful chemicals to zero by 2020.

The group's signatory brands include Adidas, Benetton, C&A, Gap Inc, H&M, Inditex, Levi Strauss & Co, M&S, Nike and PVH Corp – and CTIC joins as the latest value-chain affiliate. The state-owned research institution for the textile industry is managed by the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC), which announced its collaboration with ZDHC last month. 

Safer chemicals commitment strengthens across Asia

ZDHC's Asia director Lydia Lin says the partnership with CTIC provides a significant opportunity for ZDHC to achieve impact across China.

"With CTIC joining ZDHC as an official contributor, there is increased opportunity for the harmonisation and alignment between ZDHC and CNTAC's Chemical Stewardship 2020 initiative. Further, this creates momentum for China's domestic brands and manufacturers to join the hazardous chemicals control movement in China."

The programme has seen the addition of ten new members over the last month, including CNTAC and CTIC. 

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"Addressing this environmental challenge cannot be achieved alone," says ZDHC's executive director Frank Michel. "To achieve meaningful, long-lasting impact, we need the entire industry, including NGOs, to adopt and support this standard."

The ZDHC Programme began in 2011 with six leading brands, and today consists of 22 signatory brands, 18 value chain affiliates and eight associates.