With an increasing consciousness about environmental concerns, health, security and sustainability in global supply chains, more organizations and consumers are demanding transparency and additional information about where and how products are manufactured and what ingredients they contain. In today’s global markets, suppliers and manufacturers around the world offer consumers a continuously growing selection of raw materials and goods. Because of this, the structure of textile, shoes and leather industries have changed quickly over the last few years. Supply chains have correspondingly become more complex, making it more complicated than ever to monitor how suppliers are managing their environmental impacts. The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) program is intended to offer companies guidelines and support in implementing sustainable chemical management.
A comprehensive approach for sustainability in the value chain
The use and release of dangerous chemical substances during the production of textiles and shoes can harm waterways, plants and animals, as well as humans.
The ZDHC program focuses on limiting and substituting certain substances in the production process and verifying wastewater quality.
ZDHC’s Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL) serves to identify prioritized chemicals and to initiate measures leading to their substitution with greener alternatives. Additional areas of focus include developing a portal for synchronized data collection and reporting as well as training programs for brands, chemical suppliers, manufacturers and retailers on the topic of chemical management.
Get ready for the five steps to detox
- Step 1: Inform, plan and communicate
- Step 2: Supply chain transparency
- Step 3: Chemical management
- Step 4: Testing
- Step 5: Correction and prevention measures
The role of UL in the ZDHC program
In April 2017, UL joined the ZDHC program as an Official Contributor and is a ZDHC MRSL Conformance accepted certification body for Level 1. ZDHC has granted UL laboratories in Italy, Turkey, Tunisia, India, Bangladesh, South Korea, Hong Kong and Shanghai, China, a provisional acceptance for wastewater and sludge analysis in connection with the ZDHC Gateway Wastewater Module. Finally, UL is a ZDHC accredited training provider, able to present official ZDHC trainings globally in a variety of languages.
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