ZDHC – the beginning of a revolution?

Dr Muriel Rigout report on this recent SDC North of England region event, which focused on ZDHC.

If ZDHC sounds to you like a random combination of letters probably arisen from the idle or accidental depression of keys on the author’s keyboard, then do read on.

Indeed, the combination ZDHC is not appearing on this blog due to sloppy editing, but is in fact an acronym that you soon will not be able to avoid if you intend to live a normal life in the field of coloration.

The letters ZDHC stand for Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals, and they are used to refer to the programme formed by brand members and retailers in association with other stakeholders (eg dyestuff and chemical auxiliary suppliers) to ‘catalyse positive change in the discharge of hazardous chemicals across the product life cycle’.

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Sustainable Innovations in Coloration

Dr K S Murthy (Pidilite Industries Limited) gives his personal review of the SDC EC National Conference, which took place on 6th June 2014 at the Textile Committee Auditorium, Mumbai, India.

The Chairman Mr Ullhas Nimkar welcomed the audience and briefed them about SDC activities and the theme of sustainable textiles which has been growing in importance. A paradigm shift of industry from the West to Asia, mainly India and China, has resulted in a decrease in European production and hence it has become necessary to address the new challenges through sustainability initiatives and develop new standards for test methods. Challenges are dynamic and changing rapidly including Manufacturing Restricted Chemical Substances (MRSL) just launched by Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC Group). The Indian chemical industry including dyestuffs and finishing chemicals has to comply with this because textiles contribute to exports from India.

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