A Japanese textile institute and an Indonesian textile manufacturer are the latest to have committed to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group as contributors.

Nissenken Quality Evaluation Center is an advanced and leading textile institute, which analyses relevant hazardous chemicals in Japan. Its Oeko-Tex laboratory, in particular, has, for 20 years, been certifying Standard 100 of Oeko-Tex. It has also been Eco Passport certified for four years.

PT Kewalram Indonesia, meanwhile, is one of the largest integrated textile manufacturers in Indonesia, having spinning, embroidery and dye house under one umbrella. 

“The new contributors are quite diverse, each one comes from a different part of the industry and a different part of the world,” says ZDHC. “This diversity highlights the success of our efforts to deepen ZDHC’s impact throughout the global industry. We are delighted to have them on board and look forward to working together in the coming years.”

The organisation also welcomed UK fitness apparel and accessories brand Gymshark as a ‘Friend’ of ZDHC – a company that wants to learn more about ZDHC, using the group’s tools to enhance its own sustainable chemical management journey. 

In November, the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero initiative released the second version of its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL), which includes additional chemicals, previously archived substances, and a candidate list of potential future restricted substances – and is described as a “key step towards reducing the use of hazardous chemicals in the industry”.