UNPAC enters ZDHCThe Italian Association of Tanning Auxiliary Manufacturers joins the foundation aimed at eliminating hazardous chemical substances along the entire fashion supply chain
UNPAC, an association that gathers Italian manufacturers of chemical tanning auxiliaries, announced that it has joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme, which was founded to implement more sustainable chemicals along the entire fashion chain, including tanning. Initiated in 2011 by a small group of brands, ZDHC quickly grew and today has become an international platform of around five hundred manufacturing companies, their suppliers, associations and various organisations.
They are all committed to following the so-called “Roadmap to Zero”, a shared driving platform aimed at eliminating the use of hazardous chemicals based on a very pragmatic approach.
UNPAC’s participation in ZDHC falls within the category of “associate contributors” which already includes the presence of Italian tanneries through UNIC. The association of manufacturers of Tanning Chemical Auxiliaries – which represents about 40 leading companies – wants to play an active role in the platform, especially in terms of information and specific consultancy on the chemical and tanning sector in order to better guide the general strategies. Starting from the continuous updating of the list of hazardous chemicals, i.e. not to be used (MRSL), which is one of the pillars of the ZDHC activity.
A special agreement will also allow UNPAC members to access and register their chemicals at special prices in the ZDHC “Chemical Gateway”, a database relating to chemical safety that allows checking the details of different products.