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Asos And Next Join Zdhc To Combat Wastewater Pollution And To Control the Use Of Hazardous Chemicals In Textiles

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Joining ZDHC, these organisations commit to a strengthened responsibility towards better chemical management practices. Also, they will adopt the ZDHC tools, such as the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (ZDHC MRSL) and the ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines, and implement them into their value chains.

“We’re happy about the new organisations joining our efforts,” says Frank Michel, ZDHC Executive Director. “With ASOS and Next,  we join forces with some of the biggest British online retailers and we’re looking forward to their expert input.

Joining as Signatory Brands:

Next is a UK based retailer which offers exciting, beautifully designed, high-quality clothing and homeware. This retailer sells Next and branded products through three main channels: Next Retail, a chain of around 530 stores in the UK and Eire; Next Online, a home shopping division with over 4.9 million active customers in the UK and overseas; Next International Retail, with around 200 mainly franchised stores.

Headquartered in London, ASOS is a global fashion destination for 20-somethings. It sells over 87,000 ASOS and branded products through localised app and mobile/desktop web experiences, serving 18.4 million customers from fulfilment centres in the UK, the US and Europe. Its Fashion With Integrity programme drives its transparent, responsible, and inclusive approach to business.

The ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme takes a holistic approach to tackling the issue of hazardous chemicals in the global textile, leather and footwear value chain.

Their goal is to eliminate the use of priority hazardous chemicals by focussing on the following areas: Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) & Conformity Guidance, Wastewater Quality, Audit Protocol, Research, Data and Disclosure, and Training.