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Hazardous chemicals database launched for textiles SMEs

A free guide for textiles firms has been launched to help SMEs and start-ups produce toxic-free textiles without the need for heavy investment in chemicals expertise.

A free guide for textiles firms has been launched to help SMEs and start-ups produce toxic-free textiles without the need for heavy investment in chemicals expertise. 

The Textile Guide, launched by chemicals NGO ChemSec, aims to arm smaller companies in the textiles sector with the chemicals management know-how normally only accessible by larger companies in the sector. 

The information is particularly valuable for smaller textiles firms given that the market is increasingly demanding toxic-free products and that chemicals legislation is becoming more rigorous. 

‘Great opportunity’

“There is a great market opportunity for companies willing to future-proof their production and meet the demand of the 21st century customer”, said Jerker Ligthart, chemical engineer and project manager of the guide. 

“With ChemSec’s Textile Guide you get access to a chemical management tool even more advanced than what most of the big multinational brands utilise.”

Searchable database

The searchable database of more than 6,500 chemicals takes companies through a three-step process to identify problematic chemicals used in production and remove them from manufacturing processes. 

The system helps to pinpoint hazardous chemicals and solvents, prioritise which chemicals to act on and provides practical advice on how to eradicate them from the supply chain, for example by establishing a restricted substances list (RSL) or substituting them for safer alternatives. 

According to ChemSec, all the information stored on the database is based on regional legislation as well as several RSLs from multinational brands and textiles trade organisations.

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