The sustainability insights platform for the consumer goods industry, Higg, is developing partnerships with bluesign and ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) to accelerate the use of environmentally safe chemicals among global brands and manufacturers. The announcement brings 2 of the world's leading voices in sustainable chemical management to Higg's industry-leading data and analytics platform to continue the expansion of data sources available on the Higg platform.
The production of textile chemicals has a significant impact on the global environment. According to a recent report conducted by the ZDHC Foundation, Amsterdam/Netherlands, between 6 and 8% of all greenhouse gasses (GHGs) can be attributed to chemicals produced in the textile industry. Individually, bluesign technologies ag, St. Gallen/Switzerland, ZDHC, and Higg help consumer goods businesses improve how chemicals are used in their design and manufacturing processes. The use of hazardous chemicals in the production of apparel garments also harms garment workers who handle them and has the potential to cause serious adverse health impacts on the end consumer.
As part of the partnerships, the parties aim for more advanced integration of data for their customers in order to help textile manufacturers improve chemical management, reduce the risk of water toxicity, better understand and address human health impacts, and eliminate chemicals of concern from upstream production processes.
Through their new collaboration, Higg, Trusted Sustainability Data, Kensington, CA/USA, and bluesign intend to develop stronger data and services offerings for their customers to eliminate redundancies and support bluesign's impact services. The companies will explore how mutual customers can share data between the platforms, with bluesign facilities gaining access to Higg's facility tools.
In addition, Higg will work with ZDHC to bring ZDHC's facility improvement resources to Higg customers, including the Resource Efficiency Module, which is focused on GHG emissions, water, and pollution. Higg looks forward to cross-mapping its data with both ZDHC and bluesign to enable factory customers to complete Higg's Facility Environmental Module (FEM) assessments without re-entering their data.
Currently, more than 19,000 bluesign approved chemicals have achieved ZDHC MRSL Conformance Level 3 (the highest ZDHC MRSL Conformance Level achievable at this time) in accordance with the ZDHC MRSL V2.0. These chemical products have also been added to the ZDHC Gateway, the world's largest database dedicated to enabling safer choices of chemical products for the textile, leather, apparel and footwear industry.
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