Better Chemical Compliance is Key to Responsible Sourcing

| May 21, 2019

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The chemicals used in apparel, footwear and textiles can and should be a part of that focus. They are the basic building blocks for materials and they determine everything from color to water or stain repellence, and how likely a product is to shrink or wrinkle. It’s not a matter of developing a fear of chemicals and chemistry, but companies should know what is being used to make our products, why we are choosing particular chemicals and where they all go.

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