Restricted substance list released by ZDHC Brands

Published:  10 June, 2014

In the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Joint Roadmap, Version 2, ZDHC member brands committed to define and develop a Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) for the apparel and footwear industry. The MRSL addresses hazardous substances potentially used and discharged into the environment during manufacturing and related processes, not just those substances that could be present in finished products.

The MRSL has now been published. The ZDHC MRSL will assist brands, their supply chains and the broader industry to adopt a harmonised approach to the control of hazardous substances used to process textile and trim materials in apparel and footwear.

It should be noted that natural leather and metal trim parts are excluded from the scope of this MRSL version.1 and will be reviewed at a later date.

The MRSL is intended to be communicated to raw material suppliers, including wet-processing facilities and sub-contractors and factories assembling or manufacturing garments and footwear. ZDHC brands expect that material suppliers and factories will communicate with their chemical suppliers to ensure that the listed substances are not present in chemical formulations above established limits.

To view the ZDHC MRSL please visit:

Source: BLC Leather Technology Centre