New entry in ZDHC: SSIP also enters the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals project

New entry in the fashion chain group ZDHC (Roadmap to Zero Programme) that counts over 100 members now. Communicating its decision to enter is SSIP (Italian Leather Research Institute – Experiment lab for leather and tanning agents). SSIP explained in a note that “it supports the vision of the program to create a more sustainable chemical segment for the tanning industry, as well as its drive for innovation and optimal practices in the textile, clothing and footwear segments, with the aim of protecting consumers workers and environment”. A meaningful new addition, that follows that of ICEC (Institute of Quality Certification), which is a part of UNIC – Concerie Italiane (Italian Tanners’ Association). The latter is working with the program to define the guidelines regarding the management of waste. ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) is the international project that aims at reducing, and eventually erasing the usage of all chemical substances considered hazardous from the textile and footwear industry. To reach the objective which has a January 1st 2020 deadline, there is a final crafting of the guidelines for the handling of chemicals (which could become an ISO norm, but not necessarily), that is valid with all other segments of the fashion system.





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