SUPPORTING THE TEXTILE INDUSTRY’S ROAD TO ZERO DISCHARGE
Archroma is among the most responsible major chemical companies who have been investing for many years in R&D to develop product and process innovations that are safer for people and gentler for the environment.
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Joint Roadmap
In early 2011, Greenpeace started its “Detox” campaign to raise global awareness of the environmental issues of the textile supply chain, with its ‘Dirty Laundry’ report, highlighting the contribution of fashion and apparel in water pollution in Asia. The ‘Dirty Laundry Reloaded’ report was then released in March 2012 informing consumers of the water pollution caused when washing our clothes. Other reports have followed since then.
In November 2011, a group of six major apparel and footwear brands and retailers decided to take up the challenge and issued the “Joint Roadmap Toward Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals” , a commitment and roadmap aiming at reducing the environmental impact of the textile industry, based on a list of 11 priority chemical groups to be phased out by 2020.
In June 2014, The ZDHC Joint Roadmap group, which today gathers 18 members, has published the “Manufacturers Restricted Substance List (MRSL)”, a document that identifies the chemical substances banned from intentional use in facilities that process textile materials in apparel and footwear. The MRSL establishes the acceptable concentration limits of these banned substances in chemical formulations used within manufacturing facilities.
As part of its dedicated support for customers following this initiative, Archroma offers:
• Formulation list of ZDHC MRSL-compliant products:
Archroma has compiled a list of globally marketed textile colorants and auxiliaries that are qualified to support the objective of the ‘Joint Roadmap: Towards Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals’. Archroma is strongly committed to the highest standards of product safety and through intensive analytical monitoring of chemical products actively supporting the objective of removing hazardous chemicals from the textile and clothing supply chain.
>> Download the Formulation List on the right of this page
• Raw material monitoring and batch testing:
Archroma has a long term relationship with most of its suppliers and share similar focus in terms of product quality and safety. In addition, Archroma has established a global network of analytical labs which monitor incoming and outgoing product flow. The company has a team of chemists fully dedicated to textile chemicals in Archroma’s Product Stewardship departments, and an international network of specialized product safety labs in Switzerland, India, Pakistan or China.
Deep-rooted, long-term commitment
In the past decades, Archroma has been working to improve the composition of substances used in textile manufacturing, and support a change in the mindset of apparel and footwear brands and their supply chains toward environmental advances. Through a constant flow of product innovations with improved eco-profiles and pioneering sustainability-related services, Archroma is committed to helping the industry minimize its immediate- and long-term impact on health, the environment, and water and energy resources.
In 2002, for example, Archroma voluntarily developed, jointly with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and 4 other companies, the 2010/2015 PFOA Stewardship Program aiming at working towards elimination of PFOA trace impurities in our products in 2015. This commitment led in 2006 to the development of advanced C6-based fluorochemicals for sustainable repellency and release solutions that not only reached the set targets in terms of PFOA and PFOS removal, but allows similar performance to the C8 chemistry being phased out. In parallel, Archroma has been working to develop fluorine free alternatives for durable water repellency. The first product in range, Arkophob® FFR, was launched in 2012.
Archroma has a deep and expert understanding of the textile regulatory environment in existing regulations such as E.U. REACH or U.S. EPA, ensuring global and compliant marketability of its portfolio.
Archroma supports the industry’s leading environmental and consumer safety standards, offering products that comply within the levels and detection limits set by: bluesign®, OekoTex®, GOTS, etc.
Archroma is also an active member of the most engaged organizations dedicated to promoting sustainable solutions in the textile industry, such as the Textile Exchange and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition.
Recognized focus on clean water, lower consumption, energy savings and fewer chemicals
The following examples highlight Archroma’s commitment to product stewardship and sustainability. These innovative approaches have been recognized with the highest certification standards and industry awards.
In 2009, Archroma introduced what is considered as a breakthrough in denim dyeing. ADVANCED DENIM allowing massive water savings (up to 92%), cotton waste reduction (up to 87%) as well as energy savings (up to 30%).
The ADVANCED DENIM technology has received the prestigious 2012 ICIS Innovation Award and Innovation with Best Environmental Benefit Award. In addition, Archroma was one of the first companies to be awarded an “EU Flower” eco-label (certificate number ES-CA/016/00) for its illustration collection of jeans in recognition of the sustainability benefits of ADVANCED DENIM.
Archroma’s ONE WAY Sustainability Service was introduced in 2012 after more than two years of development.
ONE WAY Sustainability Service helps textile mills, brands and retailers to develop innovative solutions that are both more ecologically and economically sustainable by providing a fast, measurable and reliable approach to the selection of chemical products and process solutions.
All ONE WAY dyes and chemicals have been screened by Archroma’s product stewardship specialists against more than 15 textiles eco-standards and criteria, including:
• 20 of the major Restricted Substances Lists (RSLs);
• Other relevant criteria such as high bioelimination;
• And of course: the 11 restricted substance groups classified under the initial ZDHC Joint Roadmap.
In October 2013, Archroma received the prestigious ICIS “Best Business Innovation” Award for ONE WAY.
Archroma opened in December 2013 its first sustainable effluent treatment (SET) facility for a textile operational site, in Jamshoro, Pakistan. With an investment of 371 million PKR the facility not only supports the substantial recovery of 80 percent of water but also allows effluent treatment based on zero liquid discharge fulfilling Pakistan’s very stringent National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) requirements.
In March 2014, Archroma was one of the few companies to be distinguished by a Corporate Water Stewardship Award at the Global Water Summit 2014 organized by the high profile Global Water Intelligence organization.
bluesign® is a registered trademark of Bluesign Technologies AG.
OekoTex® is a registered trademark of Forschungsinstitut Hohenstein Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mecheels GmbH & Co. KG.
GOTS (or Global Organic Textile Standard) is a standard of International Working Group On Global Organic Textile Standard.