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SAFEGUARDS | Softlines NO. 010/16

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Group, working towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the apparel and footwear supply chain, has published an updated edition of their Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL). The update includes a chapter on natural leather processing.

The ZDHC is a group of major apparel and footwear brands working in close collaboration with third-party technical experts and global industry associations that made a shared commitment to help lead the apparel and footwear industry towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020. The first edition of the MRSL was published in June 2014 and is used to help companies restrict hazardous substances potentially used and discharged into the environment not only in finished products, but also during manufacturing and related processes deep within the supply chain. The ZDHC MRSL establishes a list of priority chemicals and specifies the concentration limit for substances in chemical formulations used within manufacturing facilities that process materials and trim parts for apparel and footwear. These limits are designed to eliminate the possibility of intentional use of listed substances.

The ZDHC MRSL is a list of chemical substances subject to a usage ban which includes chemicals used as solvents, cleaners, adhesives, paints, inks, detergents, dyes, colourants, auxiliaries, coatings and finishing agents used during raw material production, wet-processing, maintenance, wastewater treatment, sanitation and pest control.

On 9th December 2015, the ZDHC Group released an update to the MRSL to include a chapter on natural leather processing. The 2014 MRSL focused only on textile production where natural leather processing and production of metal trim parts were not under regulation. The 2015 version indicates the hazardous substances listed on the MRSL that are potentially used in natural leather processing should also be restricted.

Table 1: Highlight of restricted parameters listed in the ZDHC MRSL 2015 version

Scope

  • Chemicals used in facilities that process materials and trim parts for use in apparel and footwear
  • Include natural leather processing (as Chapter 2)

Parameters

(16 groups)

Chapter 1: MRSL for Textiles and Synthetic Leather Processing

Chapter 2: MRSL for Leather Processing

1. Alkylphenol (AP) and Alkylphenol Ethoxylates (APEOs)

1. Alkylphenol (AP) and Alkylphenol Ethoxylates (APEOs)

2. Chlorobenzenes and Chlorotoluenes

2. Chlorobenzenes and Chlorotoluenes

3. Chlorophenols

3. Chlorophenols

4. Azo Dyes

4. Azo Dyes

5. Navy Blue Colourant

5. Navy Blue Colourant

6. Carcinogenic Dyes

6. Carcinogenic Dyes

7. Disperse Dyes

7. Fatliquoring Agents (SCCP)

8. Flame Retardants

8. Flame Retardants

9. Glycols

9. Glycol Ethers

10. Halogenated Solvents

10. Halogenated Solvents

11. Organotins Compounds

11. Organotins Compounds

12. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)

12. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)

13. Perfluorinated and Polyfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs)

13. Perfluorinated and Polyfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs)

14. Phthalates

14. Phthalates

15. Total Heavy Metals

15. Total Heavy Metals

16. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)

16. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) (not including xylene)

The ZDHC MRSL does not replace applicable national environmental or workplace safety restrictions or legal or brand-specific restrictions on hazardous substances in finished products.

Reference: ZDHC MRSL Version 1.1 / 2015

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