Collaborative Initiatives


Key international chemical approaches with multiple companies and/or stakeholders

 

ALL ABOUT CHEMICALS AND TEXTILES

AFIRM: The Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management Group
In 2004, a group of companies began working to bring together several product chemistry, safety, and regulatory experts within the apparel and footwear industry.

Purpose
To provide a forum to advance the global management of restricted substances in apparel and footwear, communicate information about RSL to the supply chain, discuss concerns, and exchange ideas for improving RSL management.

Guiding Principles
– Chemical product safety must be understood in the global supply chain as an integrated whole, from workplace to consumer.
– Chemical product safety can only be achieved through partnership among retailers, suppliers and manufacturers.
– Retailers must encourage suppliers’ and manufacturers’ self-governance of chemical product safety within their spheres.

AFIRM has developed a series of tools of which 3 are described under Existing tools.

>> GO TO THE AFIRM GROUP WEBSITE
AAFA: The American Apparel & Footwear Association
“AAFA provides exclusive expertise in supply chain management, trade policy, and brand protection, to help our members navigate the complex regulatory environment and lower costs. Members gain unparalleled access to information and exclusive insights on regulation and policy, and premier opportunities for networking and collaboration.

Mission Statement
AAFA stands at the forefront as a leader of positive change for the apparel and footwear industry. With integrity and purpose, AAFA delivers a unified voice on key legislative and regulatory issues. AAFA enables a collaborative forum to promote best practices and innovation. AAFA’s comprehensive work ensures the continued success and growth of the apparel and footwear industry, its suppliers, and its customers.

History
The American Apparel & Footwear Association was formed in August 2000 through the merger of the American Apparel and Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Footwear Industries of America (FIA).”

AAFA has also developed a Restricted Substance List (RSL) described under Existing tools.

>> GO TO THE AAFA WEBSITE
ZDHC: Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Programme
“The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme takes a holistic approach to tackling the issue of hazardous chemicals in the global textile, leather and footwear value chain.Our goal is to eliminate the use of priority chemicals by focussing on the following areas: Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) & Conformity Guidance, Wastewater Quality, Audit Protocol, Research, Data and Disclosure, and Training.The ZDHC MRSL and related tools are described under Existing tools.

>> GO TO THE ZDHC WEBSITE
Chemicals Group at Swerea IVF
"The Chemicals Group at Swerea focus on research concerning chemicals in materials and products. Membership is aimed at companies within the textile and electronics industry and gives access to chemical databases, valuable networking with industry colleagues. The Chemicals Group also offers support and help in managing legislation." ”

>> GO TO THE CHEMICALS GROUP WEBSITE

 

HOLISTIC APPROACHES TO SUSTAINABILITY (it's not just about chemicals)

SAC: Sustainable Apparel Coalition
“The Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s vision is of an apparel, footwear and home textiles industry that produces no unnecessary environmental harm and has a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities.

The Higg Index is the heart of the SAC. This groundbreaking suite of self-assessment tools empowers brands, retailers and facilities of all sizes, at every stage in their sustainability journey, to measure their environmental and social impacts and identify areas for improvement. Delivering a holistic picture of sustainability performance, The Higg Index helps drive transformative change.”

>> GO TO THE SAC WEBSITE
MADE BY
“Founded in 2004 with a multi–stakeholder board, MADE-BY is an award-winning not-for-profit organisation with a mission to ‘make sustainable fashion common practice”.

“Our transparent and verified progress tracking tool, MODE Tracker, supports fashion brands and retailers in improving their sustainability performance through measuring and communicating year-on-year progress on a range of key impact areas.”

>> GO TO THE MADE BY WEBSITE
LWG: The Leather Working Group
“The Leather Working Group, the online resource for all stakeholders in the leather industry including brands, manufacturers, suppliers, NGOs and end users. The objective of this multi-stakeholder group is to develop and maintain a protocol that assesses the environmental compliance and performance capabilities of leather manufacturers and promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry.”

>> GO TO THE LWG WEBSITE
Global Fashion Agenda
“In May 2017, Global Fashion Agenda called on fashion brands and retailers to sign a commitment to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion system. By the 30 June 2017 deadline, 64 companies and corporations had signed the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment representing a total of 143 brands and 7.5% of the global fashion market. Global Fashion Agenda has outlined four immediate action points to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion system:

-Action point 1: Implementing design strategies for cyclability

-Action point 2: Increasing the volume of used garments collected

-Action point 3: Increasing the volume of used garments resold

-Action point 4: Increasing the share of garments made from recycled textile fibres

The signatories commit to setting targets in one or more of these four categories for 2020 and to annually report on their progress. Global Fashion Agenda will support the brands in implementing the commitment through knowledge sharing, policy engagement and by facilitating industry alignment."

>> GO TO THE GLOBAL FASHION AGENDA WEBSITE

 

NORDIC SUSTAINABLITY INITIATIVES AND THIS PROJECT

Well dressed in a clean environment – the Nordic action plan for sustainable fashion and textiles
Launched in April 2015 by the Nordic Ministers of Environment. From the reference: “The Nordic Council of Ministers for the Environment (MR-M) has endorsed a Nordic action plan for a sustainable fashion and textile industry.

"The action plan underlines the importance of sustainable development in fashion and textiles, an area in which the Nordic Region leads the way. Our ambition is to develop the framework conditions for sustainable design, production and consumption in the period up to 2020. We hope that the textile industry will take the lead in these areas.”

>> READ MORE ABOUT THE NORDIC ACTION PLAN
Status of six Nordic sustainability projects
“In April 2015, under the Danish Presidency, the Nordic Council of Ministers for the Environment launched the action plan for sustainable fashion and textiles - Well dressed in a clean environment.

The action plan includes six initiatives that seed and inspire action to reduce the environmental impacts of Nordic design supply and consumption of fashion and textiles.

All of these initiatives have been translated into concrete projects initiated with funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers. These cover a wide spectrum of themes from encouraging greener procurement of textiles in the healthcare sector, to assisting design schools in the development and promotion of sustainable fashion design courses.

In this document, we present short summaries of the current status and future activities of the six projects.”

>> SEE PROJECT STATUS
Project no. 6: Supplier requirements for sustainable textiles production
Status of the six projects initiated under the Nordic action plan for sustainable fashion and textiles.

“Many impacts of textile products occur during production. However, long and complicated supply chains for garments can present a challenge to brands that want to engage in cleaner processes. It can be difficult for SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in particular to establish and monitor requirements on complex issues such as chemical use in production.

This project aims to assist Nordic textile companies in developing sustainability requirements for chemical use in their chains of suppliers. This can be the first stage in a wider transition towards common Nordic supplier requirements”.

>> SEE PROJECT DOCUMENTATION
 
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