After achieving certification for the highest level of ZDHC compliance for multiple Performance Coating products, the producer of specialty chemicals Stahl Group, Waalwijk/Netherlands, has taken an important step in its sustainable development strategy.
Founded in 2011, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals foundation (ZDHC) is a group of apparel and footwear brands and retailers working together to protect the planet by reducing the industry’s chemical footprint. In 2019, the ZDHC published version 2.0 of its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL), which is a list of chemical substances banned from intentional use in facilities processing textile materials, leather, rubber, foam, and trim parts in textiles, apparel, and footwear.
Following a stringent 3rd-party review process, Stahl has now achieved Level 3 compliance with ZDHC MRSL 2.0 for 133 Performance Coatings products from its Synthetics and Coated Fabrics portfolio. As such, the certification has been published on the ZDHC Gateway, a digital database that provides textile mills and coaters with visibility on products and certifications, driving safer chemical management. A further 55 Performance Coating products are expected to achieve Level 3 certification, and to be added to the ZDHC Gateway, later in Q2/2021.