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ZDHC pushes for ambitious chemical management standard
May '15
In response to the Greenpeace Detox campaign, a group of major apparel and footwear brands and retailers made a shared commitment in 2011 to help lead the industry towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals (ZDHC) by 2020.

The ZDHC Group has now released its 2014 Annual Report which presents tangible progress towards leading the textile industry to improved environmental responsibility.

The Group continued to develop and deploy tools designed to assist dye houses, chemical suppliers, other brands and key stakeholders to adopt ambitious chemical management standards including a landmark manufacturing restricted substances list (MRSL)* and chemicals management training curriculum for suppliers in Asia.

The highlights of the accomplishments in the 2014 include developing and publishing the ZDHC MRSL for priority chemical phase out.

The annual report mentions providing MRSL training and developing chemical guidance sheets in six languages to assist mills and suppliers with the phase-out and substitution of substances restricted on the ZDHC MRSL.

The Group also developed and published a framework for prioritising hazardous chemicals for elimination or substitution and a research list of substances for which safer alternatives will be sought.

According to the annual report, it also prepared and conducted ZDHC Chemicals Management Training for suppliers in China, Bangladesh, Vietnam and India.

It conducted and summarised key finding from 25 pilot audits across eight countries at wet processing facilities using the Environmental Audit Protocol, Version 1.0, some member brands began implementation using the protocol.

It formalised a ZDHC workstream specifically focused on the standards for data collection necessary to measure progress against ZDHC goals.

The report mentions the Group’s continued engagement with key organisations in Bangladesh, China, India, Vietnam and Taiwan to push for zero discharge of hazardous chemicals.

ZDHC also conducted extensive research on chemical disclosure methodologies and issued the 2014 Right-to-Know Chemical Disclosure Methodology Research report.

It also developed a draft chemical management system manual to assist brands, retailers, Tier 1 and 2 suppliers and chemical suppliers to improve chemical management and assist in moving towards zero discharge. (SH)

* Click here for complete manufacturing restricted substances list (MRSL)

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