Today, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme announces the development of a new online portal for chemical companies to assess a product’s compliance against ZDHC’s MRSL.
The ZDHC Programme represents 22 apparel and footwear brands leading the path towards eliminating key chemicals in the global value-chain. In 2015, the Programme released its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) Version 1.1, listing chemical substances banned from intentional use in facilities that process textile materials and trim parts in apparel and footwear including leather.
This August, ZDHC will deliver a new online portal - The ZDHC Chemical Registry - as the next step in its path towards eliminating key chemicals in the global textile and footwear value-chain.
The Chemical Registry will include a comprehensive list of chemical products and an MRSL conformance assessment for each. It will map products against existing chemical accreditation such as bluesign, GOTS or OEKO-Tex STeP, and provide textile manufacturers with documentation to determine the level that a chemical product conforms with the ZDHC MRSL.
“We’re excited to be announcing the development of an open, flexible data portal to assist brands, suppliers and chemical companies assess a chemical’s compliance against the MRSL,” says ZDHC Executive Director, Frank Michel.
“Without this type of portal, each textile manufacturer would need to assess every product from each of their chemical suppliers against the ZDHC MRSL to ensure conformance. Our goal is to provide a simple, easy, inexpensive way to provide this information to all stakeholders.”
The ZDHC Programme will be working with chemical companies around the world to include their product lists in the Chemical Registry. In turn, the platform will pave the way for textile manufacturers to get clear MRSL conformance information on the chemical products they’re purchasing.
The Chemical Registry draws from experience learned during an extensive pilot conducted in 2015 across China, Taiwan, Pakistan, Scotland and Sri Lanka on behalf of the ZDHC Foundation by ADEC Innovations.
The portal is due to be released August 2016. Subscribe to stay posted for updates.