Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Programme for leather chemical manufacturers

Programme aims

Nowadays the cases of environmental disasters and people illnesses or allergies caused by bad hazardous chemicals utilized in the production of some items are increasing. In order to reduce these risks the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemical Program was created.The ZDHC program’s aim is to dramatically reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in the textile and footwear value chain. The expected result? In a short amount of time we will have a sustainable production, by respecting the environment and thus improving people’s well-being. The program is meant to promote the implementation of sustainable chemistry and the best “green” practices in textile and footwear value chain. This important program includes a collaboration of 22 signatory brands, 24 value chain affiliates, and ten associates.

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Feel Modifiers in Leather Industry

Feel Modifiers application and sustainability

Among feel modifiers, silicone based ones are emulsions supplied mainly as white milky liquids. These items are industrial products designed for leather finishing applications. Finished product containing feel modifiers treated leather can be found in automotive, footwear, furniture, luxury or garment application.
Since these product are water-based and do not contain harmful elements for the environment, they are biodegradable; this characteristic answers to an important issue for companies given the growing importance of “green economy” in the context of today.
In addition, these products are not expected to be toxic to aquatic organisms and this is another value added to feel modifiers.

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