ZDHC to develop an online registry for chemicals
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ZDHC to develop an online registry for chemicals

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme is developing a web portal that will include a comprehensive list of chemical products and their level of conformity with the programme’s chemical standard. It will also give users the possibility to map chemical products against known textile standards such as bluesign, GOTS or OEKO-Tex. The web portal is expected to be up and running in August.

“This chemical registry will certainly prove highly useful in the textile sector. An easy way to find the right chemistry for the right job has been long awaited in the supply chain. ChemSec very much support all tools helping the textile supply chain move towards safer chemicals, and this registry seems like a nice addition to ChemSec’s Textile Guide tool, says Jerker Ligthart, ChemSec Chemicals Advisor.

The ZDHC Programme represents 22 apparel and footwear brands, including Nike, Adidas and Levi’s to name a few. In 2015, the programme released its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) Version 1.1, listing chemical substances of concern for the 22 brands and their manufacturers.

“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 in a written statement.

ZDHC will be working with “chemical companies around the world” to make sure they include their products in the new registry.