Bangladesh-based garment manufacturer Denim Expert Ltd. is joining companies like Lenzing, Santori and Isko in an effort to eliminate the discharge of hazardous chemicals.
Denim Expert said Thursday that it has signed on with the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation as a contributor in the textile industry value chain.
ZDHC Foundation’s mission is to advance toward zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the textile, leather and footwear value chain to improve the environment and people’s well-being.
By joining ZDHC, Denim Expert stated that its main goals are to eliminate priority hazardous chemicals in products and their manufacturing, implement a transparent screening process to promote safer chemistry and implement common tools and training that advance chemical stewardship.
Under the guidance of the foundation, Denim Expert has adopted best practices, such as installing appropriate ventilation and temperature control in the chemical storage area, clear labelling on all chemicals and establishing an emergency response plan for chemical spills.
Additional new ZDHC inductees include U.K. online retailer Asos, Indian knit apparel manufacturer Eastman Exports Global and China-based viscose producer Sateri.
Advancing Bangladesh’s sustainable manufacturing capabilities is top of mind of Denim Expert’s managing director and Rivet 50 member—Mostafiz Uddin. As the founder of the Bangladesh Denim Expo, he regularly spotlights companies and technologies that are working toward building a strong foundation for the country’s manufacturing sector.
Under Uddin’s lead, Denim Expert introduced a new water-saving collection that reduces the amount of water needed to make one pair of jeans by half. In June, the company became the first Bangladeshi manufacturer to join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC).