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As sustainability is single approach, brands should stop different certification demand

Britacel Silicones Ltd, one of the leading chemical manufacturers from India, having wide presence in 16 countries with more than 100+ sustainable products across all the stages of chemical processing field (yarn, fabric & garment) strongly join hands with ZDHC. By the initiative it is being the first contributor from textile chemical manufacturing field.

Beyond surface technology the only company we researched on alternative sources of petrochemical based oil for finishing application, design softener with plant and algae base products.

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Figure: As sustainability is single approach, brands should come on a common platform to stop extra burden on chemical supplier by different certification demand of different country / brand specific. Credit: abhichem

Challenges faced by the textile industry on sustainability front having huge impact on environment. Human Health is suffering enormously for this. Small manufacturers who are not associated with top brands and concentrated on local domestic production they are still not understood well on chemical pollution and sustainability role towards clean environment.

Though the big players concentrating on Zero Liquid Discharge (ZLD) but the small players are still polluting air, soil, water body. Misusing energy and water due to old machine and process. So how we will live healthy if everybody can’t come under the same norms and regulation. Government should take necessary steps as if no one can pollute river, sea, soil and air. Remember, if 99% follows the norms still 1% does not follow then environment is not safe.

Also brands now talk about “REUSE / RECYCLE” circularity but I feel many things are still in their hand which they should control in better way. For example, when a production lot is off shade if we stop re-dyeing then re – process can save lot of energy and decrease pollution some limit.

So, we should improve the RFT percentage same way and people should accept minor off shade or minor finishing issue to avoid re process of goods. We should be more generous accepting few things which will save plenty in future. For this just need a good start.

Also, brands should come on a common platform to stop extra burden on chemical supplier by different certification demand of different country / brand specific. They should think more generous way “Sustainability is single approach. So, the measure of sustainable product also should be one.”

It is now mandatory to work with both national and international brands, retailers and NGOs who are committed for Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) by 2020. The presence and control of restricted substances in final articles to comply local and global regulations set by brands etc. and non-conformance to RSL may result of rejection thereby huge financial loss, image loss and order.

To achieve ZDHC by 2020 mostly all textile mills and processing units in India has introduced chemical management system which is a simple guideline.

Chemical management objectives are

  • To better manage dyes and chemicals
  • In process/ products and discharge from factory
  • Use of safer chemicals or reduce/eliminate hazardous / harmful substances.

For protection/ preservation of

  • Human and consumer health
  • A Clean environment

 

 

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