The ability to manage chemical inputs in the textile and footwear industries is taking another step forward with a new collaboration that sees the BHive chemicals management platform become an approved solution provider for ZDHC's Performance InCheck benchmarking tool.  

The BHive has integrated the ZDHC Performance InCheck into its platform and app so that users can crosscheck a factory's chemical inventory with the ZDHC Gateway Chemical Module, a database of chemicals that conform with the ZDHC MRSL (Manufacturing Restricted Substances List). A key tool used by brands and a growing number of textile and leather certification schemes, it also makes it easier to search for more sustainable chemicals.

"This step is another milestone for the development of The BHive. The integration of the ZDHC Performance InCheck reporting will enable us to better meet the market's demands," says Lars Doemer, managing director of GoBlu International. 

ZDHC Performance InCheck reports are produced by ZDHC Gateway, an online portal for chemical companies to assess a product's compliance against ZDHC's MRSL. The reports are delivered automatically in PDF format by the approved solution providers. Suppliers who generate the Performance InCheck will also be provided with access to the ZDHC Gateway and the Supplier to Zero Programme, which will help them implement the ZDHC Chemical Management System.

The BHive, developed by GoBlu International, allows manufacturing facilities to take smartphone photos of chemical product labels, and within seconds identify which products meet the sustainability requirements of many brands and retailers. Once uploaded, all scanned chemicals are cross-referenced with The BHive's database and the system automatically generates a full and accurate chemical inventory. Facilities can then see which chemicals they should phase out – all at a glance. 

ZDHC is a group of apparel and footwear brands and retailers working together to lead the industry towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals.