AMSTERDAM-The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Programme (ZDHC) adds the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) to its list of accepted certification standards. ZDHC adds GOTS as part of its ongoing initiative to minimize hazardous chemical use in apparel, footwear, and accessories production.
“Our community of ZDHC-accepted, MRSL Conformance Certification Standards is growing, and we are happy to have the GOTS on board,” says Scott Echols, ZDHC program director. ”To date, more than 500 chemical suppliers dyestuffs and chemicals have been assessed by GOTS already, and more than 15,000 trade names of colorants and auxiliaries have been listed as approved.”
The organization says rather than develop its own certification system, ZDHC collaborates with foundations like the GOTS to build a comprehensive system to rate and certify products. In addition to GOTS, other industry certifiers like ECO PASSPORT by OEKO TEX and ToxServices Full Material Disclosure compose the ZDHC standards. With the addition, GOTS-certified products now satisfy Level 1 conformance for the program.
The announcement comes as the program continues to interweave with the greater apparel and textile industries. In recent years, companies such as PolyOne Corporation and American & Efird have joined the program to reduce their use of harmful products.
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