The 10 chemical companies that make up the Global Chemical Industry Round Table initiative (GCIRT) have joined Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation as contributors.

Huntsman Textile Effects, Dystar, Archroma, CHT Germany, Colourtex Industries, Kisco, Pulcra Chemicals, Rudolf and Tanatex Chemicals will upload products on to the ZDHC Gateway Chemical Module and support the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substance List. A GCIRT spokesperson said: “This is a critical milestone towards addressing the demand for a cleaner and transparent supply chain. It is only by working together that we will be able to shift the needle in the way we tackle urgent sustainability challenges in the textile and leather industry.”

Following a year-long series of meetings between the ZDHC board and the GCIRT, an alignment was gained on ZDHC commitments and an understanding of the role of chemical suppliers within the programme. Charles Dickinson, chairman of ZDHC, added: “We are all in agreement that the current situation of proliferation of detox approaches and their supporting testing schemes is ineffective and costly. We share a common objective in the alignment of resources that drive better chemistry and innovations that reduce the chemical and environmental footprint of the textile and leather industries.”

The ZDHC Foundation manages the Roadmap to Zero Programme with the aim of phasing out hazardous chemicals in the textile, apparel, footwear and leather value chain by promoting safer chemistry and driving innovation. It has 150 contributors and is headquartered in Amsterdam.