The ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemical) Gateway is one of the assets created by the ZDHC Foundation, a legal entity now established in Amsterdam, to promote and oversee the implementation of the ZDHC Programme.
The goal of the Programme is to move the entire fashion industry towards the zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the environment.
The ZDHC Programme was born in 2011, as major textile and footwear brands joined to reduce or eliminate chemicals harmful for people and environment in the manufacturing of their products. In the following years, more and more fashion brands and their suppliers joined the program, making it one of the leading reference points to evaluate the sustainable characteristics of a textile chemical today.
The main goals of the ZDHC
Programme are to:
To be included in the ZDHC Gateway, chemicals must respect the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substance Lists (MRSL) a list of chemical substances banned from use in textile materials and processes.
The ZDHC MRSL establishes concentration limits in a chemical formulation of substances considered hazardous. If a product exceeds the limit, it cannot be considered compliant with the ZDHC MRSL.
Promoting important principles of transparency and respect both for human beings and nature, the ZDHC Programme matches Garmon’s approach to safety and sustainability.
For this reason, Garmon was one of the first company to embrace the ZDHC Programme, bringing its certified products within the ZDHC Gateway. Today, more than 140 Garmon products are included in the ZDHC Gateway, representing a solid base for any garment finishing company to enhance the sustainability of their products.