The use and emission of hazardous substances is still a major problem in the textile industry. Once exposed, the substances accumulate in the environment and harm seas, rivers, plants and animals. To prevent this risk, companies around the world have joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Programme (ZDHC). Recently TÜV SÜD joined the programme.
The ZDHC programme is a global association with over 50 companies that focus on the elimination of hazardous chemicals from the textile industry. The aim is to create more sustainability throughout the textile and shoe value chain and at the same time ensuring safer chemical management. Therefore, the programme concentrates on the restriction of certain substances in the production process and the verification of the quality of wastewater. It also provides the establishment of an audit protocol in order to ensure the continuous environmental assessment throughout the supply chain as well as the sharing of the audit results. In addition, the members of the ZDHC programme are working on a research list that identifies chemical substances for which there are no safe alternatives until now and which require further research. Kapil Bansal, Global Head of Consumer Products & Retail of TÜV SÜD’s Product Service Division, explains: „We are proud being part of this international initiative. Consumer are more and more longing for not only modern but also safe clothes produced in a sustainable manner. With our knowledge and services, we support manufacturer producing that way and to further reduce environmental impact.”
TÜV SÜD is an international service company with a focus on consulting, certification, training and testing of consumer products and is joining the ZDHC programme as a partner for the review of the entire value chain of footwear and textiles.
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Caption: In its laboratory in India TÜV SÜD offers testing, inspection and certification services, including chemical tests, for textiles and leather products. All over the World TÜV SÜD runs more than 30 laboratories.
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