Fashion for Good, a global initiative trying to make fashion more sustainable, and the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation are calling for innovations that aim to help phase out hazardous chemistry in the manufacturing of clothing.

The organisations have issued a joint call for applications from companies interested in running for selection into the three-month Fashion for Good Plug and Play Accelerator as well as a chance to participate in the exclusive ‘Friends of ZDHC’ event.

Launched last year, the Accelerator is a collaboration between Fashion for Good (with C&A Foundation as founding partner), Plug and Play and corporate partners Kering, Galeries Lafayette Group and C&A. It aims to fast-track sustainable innovation within the luxury and apparel industries.

A cloud platform that enables buyers to communicate with supply chain workers directly, a digital marketplace for companies to exchange excess materials and products, and textiles made from banana fibres are among the latest batch of start-ups chosen to take part

Meanwhile, selected innovators will also be invited to the annual ‘Friends of ZDHC’ event on 7 December in Amsterdam. The annual gathering is the premier industry event on sustainable chemicals management and ZDHC implementation in the fashion industry. The by-invitation-only event will see leaders of the sector come together for discussions on opportunities, challenges, best practices and innovations regarding the use of safer and more innovative chemistry.

Selected innovators will be offered the stage to present their journey and solutions to an exclusive audience of around 150 sector representatives.

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Fashion for Good and ZDHC identify dyeing, finishing, tanning and fibre production as key enabling areas for replacement of hazardous chemicals. Innovations in these areas can also save water and energy.

The partners invite innovations related to a chemical product substitution, a process, technology or a material, or a combination thereof. Innovations may be at the bench, pilot phase, or ready to scale.

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