Manufacturing Sustainability

Bluesign, ZDHC, Oeko-Tex are planning to remove PFAS

Bluesign, ZDHC, Oeko-Tex are planning to remove PFAS

Bluesign, ZDHC, Oeko-Tex are planning to remove PFAS seeing the demand from environmental groups.

Reacting to the situation Bluesign and Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), have stated that they intend to exclude PFASs from their specifications between now and 2024.

If implemented, it might lead to hundreds of textile companies around the world, including Levi Strauss, Nike, Target, and WL Gore, accelerating their efforts to transition away from persistent substances.

An environmental group requested that bluesign, ZDHC, Oeko-Tex, and the Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management Group (AFIRM) “immediately revise all of their certifications to restrict the use of all PFAS compounds in both products and product manufacture” in early April.

ZDHC has revised manufacturing restricted substances list (MRSL) will limit the deliberate use of all functional finishes based on [perfluorinated compounds] PFCs, save for foreseen derogations under EU law, such as protective products.

Wet processors are expected to stop accepting PFC-containing material deliveries once the MRSL is announced later this year.

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