Major textile and garment manufacturers have been moving towards a hazardous chemical free position for some time now. 15 have signed up to Greenpeace’s detox campaign. Many of these are also members of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Group.
The group wish to move to a position in 2015 where a defined list of hazardous substances can be phased out completely, and to that end need to talk to all their suppliers – which form a very complex supply chain with a significant number of companies across many different countries – to enable this to happen.
These chemicals, which are detailed in this list, will require monitoring in order to check whether they have been removed from the supply chain. This will require validated methods to be used and, where necessary, developed to enable such monitoring to be effective. This may become of particular importance in the future as some of the chemicals on this list – including phthalates, and lead – have been identified in a report as potentially being involved as endocrine-disrupting activity which plays a part in the development of obesity.
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