Chemical safety, the Gateway gains momentumThe new Wastewater Module, which certifies the conformity of wastewater in tanneries, was also presented
Works in progress for ZDHC, the non-profit foundation created on the initiative of fashion brands with the goal of eliminating the use of hazardous chemicals by January 1, 2020. Last September 26, at Lineapelle, were presented the latest news of its Gateway, the largest chemical database for the textile and leather sector, where the new Wastewater Module was launched, a tool available to tanneries to record their wastewater tests and obtain a certificate of conformity. The expert in the sector Alessandra Tortora, ZDHC’s new Southern Europe Manager, explained the organisation’s vision and objectives (currently 111 contributors, 25 international brands, 70 affiliates and 16 associates) announcing that during the first quarter of 2019 will be presented version 2.0 of its MRSL, the famous list of restricted substances, the main control tool of the “Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals” project for a more sustainable chemistry that aims to encourage the replacement of harmful products (there are 4 compliance and security levels provided on the Gateway).
As for Italy, UNIC – Concerie Italiane, ICEC – Institute of Quality Certification for the Tanning Industry, SSIP – Italian Leather Research Institute) and UNPAC, which brings together Italian producers of tanning chemical auxiliaries, have already joined ZDHC. The adhesion of chemists to the platform is very high: “80% of formulators from all over the world, including multinationals, are already present”, reported Tortora.