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.

The ZDHC Programme and tools

Thanks to the programme, the “Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL)” has been created; this is a list of chemical substances banned from intentional use in facilities that process textile materials and trim parts in apparel and footwear. Another list is” research”, which includes all the products for which there are no safer alternatives in the market, thus there is need for research. The programme also establishes the standards to be respected in order to minimize pollution discharged into the environment. ZDHC is meant to provide trainings in order to support the implementation of these standards along the whole supply chain.

Veco and ZDHC Programme

Veco is a leader in the creation and development of complete finishing systems with particular attention to the chemical physical properties. Veco’s laboratory is constantly involved in the research of solutions that avoid the use of environmental and healthy hazardous chemicals, without compromising the physical properties required for the finished articles. To all that we can add the careful control on air emissions of our production plant, the scrupulous managing of our wastes, which we dispose with the aid of specialized companies, and the emergency control systems which are aimed to strongly reduce (if not erase) all the risks for the environment and people’s health in case that accidents occurs. Most Veco’s products respect the standards listed in MRSL and Research lists. Moreover, we can claim that the whole Veco’s work is oriented towards the reduction of pollution, and indeed we produce most products in water dispersion.


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