The luxury goods retailer Burberry has announced its intention to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from its products by 2020 as part of its long-term sustainability programme.
This plan will be communicated through the supply chain to manufacturers and suppliers with whom the company deals. The plan specifically cites alkylphenol ethoxylates (APEOs), perfluorocarbons and polyfluorinated compounds, and phthalates, and will require suppliers to show that products are free of these, and other hazardous chemicals. There will clearly be a need for analytical measurements to be made to support this, and Burberry will need to make clear what limit of detection is required for these substances to make them effectively free of the substances of concern.
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