Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals – A Step Closer

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How can you move toward the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) goal and reduce chemical discharges from your textile and footwear activities?

Long regarded as one of the most ecologically harmful industries, the textile and footwear business uses huge quantities of chemicals and water in the production and pursuit of fast fashion. Complex supply chains spanning continents and regulatory boundaries are rising the challenge of moving toward the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals target.

We have developed a unique suite of services to help you assess risks, identify issues and implement actions in your supply chain. Our approach focuses on:

  • Training
  • Assessment
  • Implementation

Working closely with the ZDHC Foundation, we are:

  • A ZDHC Accepted MRSL Conformance Level 1 Indicator
  • A ZDHC Accepted Wastewater Testing Laboratory
  • A ZDHC Accredited Training Provider

Read on and discover how to achieve sustainable chemical management in textile, leather, apparel and footwear industry supply chains.

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Chemical MRSL Conformance Certification

Our certification scheme enables chemical providers and brands to efficiently demonstrate their chemicals are in compliance to the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL). There are four steps to compliance.

  1. Application
  2. Safety data sheet and document review, sampling, MRSL testing
  3. Evaluation
  4. Certification (dependent on the outcome of steps 1 to 3)

Product Chemical Screening

Our chemical screening program for textile and footwear products is flexible and can be tailored to the requirements of individual brands, markets, product categories and client preferences. It covers regulatory requirements for different global markets (REACH, POPs, CPSIA, CPSA, GB Standards, KC Mark, etc.).

Delivering a faster, more efficient way to screen out restricted substances in products. Our program offers lower testing costs compared to traditional analytical techniques. Covering more than 400 restricted substances in one program, our reports deliver straightforward and direct conclusions per market, allowing quick shipment decisions.

Wastewater & Sludge Testing

Demonstrating compliance to the ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines is simplified with our wastewater and sludge testing services. The textile and footwear industries use large quantities of chemicals and water, which have the potential to become toxic discharges that can adversely impact human health and the environment.

As a ZDHC Accepted Wastewater Testing Laboratory, we conduct testing according to the ZDHC wastewater guidelines to monitor wastewater and sludge quality, and identify the root cause of potential issues. Our services ensure that hazardous substances in the production line are controlled, in advance of any wastewater and sludge discharge. This involves sampling and testing for the following items:

  • Incoming
  • Raw (untreated) wastewater
  • Treated wastewater
  • Sludge

ZDHC Training

As an ZDHC Accredited Training Provider we can provide ZDHC training courses to support capacity building to upskill your workforce. The training courses are led by SGS experts with industry experience and can be delivered in local languages. Participants can learn how to implement chemical management and reduce the environmental impact of the textile and footwear industries.

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