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Archroma names Carnahan as textile sustainability officer
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Jan '16
James Carnahan
James Carnahan
Switzerland based producer of colour and specialty chemicals Archroma has named James Carnahan as global sustainability officer for its Textile Specialties business.

Additionally, the company has also released its list of products compliant with the new version 1.1 of its list of Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL).

“James Carnahan, who joined from the BASF textile chemicals business will be responsible to further intensify the business focus on more sustainable solutions,” a press release informed.

Carnahan has more than 30 years of experience in textile chemicals in application development and marketing and sales in South Africa, Italy, Germany, China and Singapore.

In his last role with BASF, he was responsible for portfolio strategy development and implementation, with focus on developing sustainable solutions to support the textile value chain in this direction.

Thomas Winkler, president textile specialties at Archroma said, “Everyone at Archroma is committed to continuously challenge the status quo in the deep belief that we can make our industry sustainable.”

“We have been looking for the right sustainability specialist and, when we met James Carnahan, we realised he shared our belief and had been acting upon it during his past tenure,” Winkler added.

The ZDHC MRSL sets concentration limits for the chemical groups banned under the ZDHC Joint Roadmap, an initiative first launched in 2011 by major apparel and footwear brands.

The ZDHC Group updated its MRSL in December 2015 and the updated document now includes leather apparel and footwear applications.

The update contains a list of priority chemicals with maximum concentration limit of each substance within commercial chemical formulations.

Archroma published its list of ZDHC MRSL-compliant colourants and chemicals for textile and apparel for the first time in July 2014, shortly after the first version of the ZDHC MRSL was released.

The list features a full range of colourants and chemicals for colours and functional effects, and process chemicals, covering fibres to finishing.

Archroma's ZDHC MRSL-compliant products are also integrated into Archroma's One Way Calculator, the tool used by Archroma as part of its One Way Sustainability Service to support customers.

The new list released by Archroma actually required no change from its previous version, as the listed range of colourants and chemicals are already complied with the limits set by the updated version 1.1 of the ZDHC MRSL.

“We didn't have to remove one single product from our list to comply with the update list of the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substance List,” James Carnahan also said.

“This is a consequence of Archroma's long commitment to supporting textile producers and brand owners in identifying products that help reducing or eliminating impurities from the wastewater,” he also added. (AR)

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