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Kering and SDS Pledge to Banish Hazardous Chemicals

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Luxury goods giant Kering and Sustainable Down Source (SDS), a division of Down Décor, have joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) campaign to cut toxins from the global footwear and textile supply chain by 2020.

The group recently announced that Kering, which owns Gucci, Saint Laurent and Stella McCartney, among others, would join the program as a signatory brand. SDS, a bulk down supplier in the outdoor, textile and apparel industries, will participate as a value-chain affiliate.

ZDHC, which has grown its contributor base to 22 signatory brands and seven value-chain affiliates since its inception in 2011, is committed to widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry, wastewater management and environmental best practices. The program released its revised roadmap last year and transitioned to management by the ZDHC Foundation, a separate legal entity.

“This year, the program is shifting its attention from the development of tools towards implementation. Garnering greater industry support and collaboration is essential to driving these ambitious new standards forward,” Frank Michel, the ZDHC Foundation’s executive director, said.

Caroline Zapf, chief sustainability officer at SDS, said, “It’s exciting to be part of such an important, cross-industry movement. ZDHC has established a really powerful network of individuals and organizations, all with the shared goal of advancing best practices in chemicals and wastewater management. What ZDHC is doing will not only create a better world for ourselves today, but also help to ensure that future generations can reap the benefits of our efforts instead of paying the price for our short-comings.”

The two companies will now join big brand names like Adidas, Benetton, Burberry and Levi Strauss & Co., to name just four, on the road to zero discharge. Click here for more information on ZDHC and its contribution model.

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