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ZDHC, GoBlu Take the Next Step in Textile Chemical Transparency

GoBlu International Ltd. has integrated the ZDHC Performance InCheck reporting system into its chemical management platform, The BHive, and has also become a ZDHC partner.

Both organizations said they work on a shared vision and are convinced that digital innovation is the key to more sustainability and transparency in the use of chemicals in the textile and footwear industries. The BHive platform and its app can now provide customers with the ZDHC Performance InCheck, a crosscheck of a factory’s chemical inventory with the ZDHC Gateway-Chemical Module.

It allows customers of The BHive to validate the conformance of chemicals used with the ZDHC MRSL (manufacturers restricted substance list), which is an essential demand by brands inside and outside of the ZDHC contributor community, as well as a number of textile and leather certification programs.

“This step is another milestone for the development of The BHive,” Lars Doemer, managing director of GoBlu International, said. “The integration of the ZDHC Performance InCheck reporting will enable us to better meet the market’s demands. We are very pleased to further expand our scope and service portfolio with this step.”

Klaas Nuttbohm, implementation director for ZDHC, which stands for zero discharge of hazardous chemicals, said the BHive will make the ZDHC Performance InCheck Solution available to brands and suppliers and support ZDHC MRSL implementation.

ZDHC Performance InCheck reports are produced exclusively by ZDHC Gateway and are delivered automatically in PDF format by the Approved Solution Providers who are connected to ZDHC Gateway-Chemical Module. Suppliers who generate the Performance InCheck will also be provided access to the ZDHC Gateway and the Supplier to Zero Program, which will help them implement the ZDHC Chemical Management System.

The BHive allows manufacturing facilities to take smartphone photos of chemical product labels, and within seconds identify that products meet the sustainability requirements of many brands and retailers. Once uploaded, all scanned chemicals are cross-referenced with The BHive’s database and the system automatically generates a full and accurate chemical inventory. Facilities can then see which chemicals they should phase out at a glance.