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Archroma Allows for Pre-selection of ZDHC Colorants and Chemicals

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Archroma, global color and specialty chemicals company, announced Thursday it has updated its One Way Sustainability Calculator to allow for mills and brand owners to pre-select colorants and chemicals that are compliant with the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group’s Manufacturers Restricted Substance List (MRSL).

The MRSL sets strict guidelines for the chemical groups that are banned under the ZDHC Joint Roapmap, an initiative that was first launched in 2011 by leading apparel and footwear companies to encourage the industry to work toward the goal of achieving zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020.

The Switzerland-based company first published its list of ZDHC MRSL – compliant colorants and chemicals for textile and apparel in July 2014. The list is now integrated into the One Way Calculator and contains a full range of colorants and chemicals for colors and functional effects and process chemicals, covering fibers to finishing.

The One Way Calculator helps mills and brand owners develop more ecologically and economically sustainable solutions for the textile industry. It also supports textile and apparel producers in identifying products that help reduce and eliminate contaminants from the wastewater and those that reduce water and energy usage during processing.

Paul Cowell, Archroma’s apparel and interior marketing manager for Asia, textile specialties business,  said, “The update to One Way will dramatically accelerate the product selection process and time by ensuring that the selected product is not only reducing the amount of energy and water in processing, but also meets the criteria for wastewater set by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Group.”

All One Way dyes and chemicals have been evaluated by Archroma’s specialists against more than 15 textiles eco-standards and criteria, such as bluesign4, OekoTex5, GOTS6, 20 of the major Restricted Substances Lists (RSLs) and other relevant criteria such as bio-elimination.

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