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December 15, 2017updated 09 Apr 2021 7:44am

ZDHC adds to certification standards with GOTS

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has been recognised by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation as a certification standard.

By Beth Wright

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has been recognised by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation as a certification standard.

The standard has been accepted by ZDHC as one of the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programmes accepted certification standards. GOTS approved chemical products will from now on be conformant to ZDHC MRSL Level 1. Its approved chemical products will directly be verified and officially ranked within the ZDHC Gateway Chemical Module.

To accelerate the global impact of ZDHC’s Roadmap 2020 programme, the organisation decided early on not to start its own certification system for Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) conformant chemistry but instead to leverage existing certification as indicators of ZDHC MRSL conformance.

“Our community of ZDHC Accepted MRSL Conformance Certification Standards is growing, and we are happy to have the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) on board,” says ZDHC programme director Scott Echols. ”To date more than 500 chemical suppliers dyestuffs and chemicals have been assessed by GOTS already and more than 15,000 trade names of colourants and auxiliaries have been listed as approved.”

GOTS joins BLC Chem-MAP, Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex, and ToxServices Full Materials Disclosure (ToxFMD) as ZDHC Accepted MRSL Conformance Certification Standards.

“While the Global Organic Textile Standard prohibits an even greater number of chemical groups, we are pleased that ZDHC has formally recognised GOTS approved chemicals as satisfying Level 1 conformance,” says Rahul Bhajekar, director standards development and quality assurance from GOTS.

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