Level 1 ZDHC MRSL Conformance - Chemical Gateway Testing Services

Consumer awareness in the matters of health safety and environment has direct bearing on textiles, leather and footwear industries on account of theirs being major contributors to water pollution worldwide.

World over the industries, specifically, chemical suppliers, material suppliers, Textile and Leather product processors and finishers, brands and value chains and Testing and certification bodies aim towards “Cleaner production “. They intend to use “Cleaner Inputs”, so as to meet requirements of Eco labeling & Discharge standards which includes ZDHC (Zero discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) for chemical formulation and Waste water, GOTS (Global organic Textile Standards) , REACH regulations, OEKO-TEX , California Proposition 65 etc.

Increasingly large numbers of chemicals have now been categorized as toxic, carcinogenic, allergenic or hazardous. Uses of such chemicals are undesirable and thus loosing favor.

For sustainable production, chemical management plays vital role involving raw material control, their optimization and substitution with clean and safe chemicals instead of implementing various treatment systems which simply remove an undesirable substances from one media and capture it in another. Hence the need for cleaner chemical Processing.

Leading brands along with their value supply chain are making concentrated efforts to eliminate all hazardous substances not only from their products but from production processing as well.

From a sustainability standpoint, look for natural products, but not all chemical are bad. Learn what works for you.

- Jane Lauder

“Zero discharge of hazardous chemicals “in the textile, leather and footwear supply chain by the Year 2020 is a direct response by top brands and retailers towards “Greenpeace DETOX Campaign” ZDHC a group of over 20 leading footwear and textile brands ,value -chain affiliates and associate contributors, committed to working together to advance towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the global textile and footwear industries to improve the environment and people’s well being.

The ZDHC programmme have launched the ZDHC MRSL (manufacturing restricted substances list) list of chemical substances banned from intentional use, but may be found as unintended contaminants within a commercial chemical formulation utilized in facilities that process textile materials, synthetic leather, leather, and trim parts in textiles & footwear. This includes not only chemical used specifically for production, but also cleaning supplies, machine cleaners, lubricants, etc. that are in use in the facility for maintenance and support.

The ZDHC conformance process offers brands, material suppliers, and product finishers a choice of recognised and accepted options to provide ZDHC certificates.

With great pride we inform that “Testtex India Laboratories private limited” is recognised and accepted as an indicator of “Level 1 ZDHC MRSL Conformance” specifically in connection with the ZDHC Gateway –chemical Module” by ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals).

Testtex India Laboratories Pvt Ltd , as recognized and accepted independent third party laboratory can help brands and their value chain by providing indicators in the form of test certificate that following chemical formulations will be in conformance to ZDHC MRSL requirements.

Waste minimisation at source

The ZDHC MRSL list of chemical substances banned from Intentional uses and should be tested for identification and quanti-fication for ZDHC MRSL conformance requirements are as follows

  • Alkyl Phenol (AP) and Alkylphenol Ethoxylates (APEOs)
  • Chlorobenzenes and Chlorotoluenes (COC)
  • Chlorophenols (All Isomers)
  • Banned Amines from Azo dyes
  • Dyes-Navy Blue Colourant
  • Carcinogenic Dyes.
  • Allergenic Disperse Dyes
  • Flame Retardants
  • Glycols
  • Halogenated Solvents
  • Organotin Compounds
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Perfluorinated and Polyfluorinated Chemicals (PFOS and PFOA)
  • Phthalates
  • Total Heavy Metals (As, Hg, Cd, Pb, CrVI)
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
  • Short Chain of Chlorinated Paraffin (SCCP)

Testtex recognises the challenges faced by members with regards to chemical formulations and chemical management in the supply chain.

With a vision for quality assurance through testing, Inspection and consultancy and a state-of-the-art testing laboratory, Testtex provides help to the chemical industry and other supply chain stakeholders to meet the challenges towards roadmap to Zero Discharge, chemical restrictions policies of Brands, global legislation and eco-labels. The recent Greenpeace ‘Detox’ campaign and the subsequent ZDHC Initiative has accorded an urgency to this issue.

Test reports & Certificate issued by Testtex will not only assist interested parties by using chemical formulation that are in conformance to ZDHC MRSL Limits, but also ensure themselves and their customers, that banned chemical substances are not intentionally used during production.

With a “smart approach” testing, (every type of chemical formulation need not be tested for each MRSL parameter) Testtex team identifies probable hazardous substance depending upon type and end-use of chemical formulation and serves:-

  • Chemical Manufacturer/ suppliers
  • Material suppliers
  • Dye – Houses and processors
  • Brands, Retailers and value supply chain.

We are committed to advancing towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the value chain to improve the environment and people’s well being,

Our quest is to make the
world a better place

Contact Testtex Detox Team for testing as per ZDHC MRSL conformance.

Testtex Detox Team will review chemical formulations, identify hazardous substances to be tested, guide to fill up test request form and conduct tests for ZDHC MRSL conformance accordingly.

Testtex Detox Team will provide indicators in term of Test certificate along with Test report.

On conformance of Chemical formulation to ZDHC MRSL, Testtex Detox Team will send the Test certificate along with Test report to ZDHC.

Chemical / Formulation suppliers can upload the Test certificate along with Test report on the ZDHC Gateway - Chemical Module.

Email: detox@testtex.com