Textiles sector must be more transparent about chemical use, US NGO says
August 06, 2019 / chemarc
US NGO Green America has stated that there is a need for more transparency and data about the chemicals that are being used in the textiles sector, and disclosure of this data should also include their effects on health and the environment throughout the lifecycle of the textile/garment.
The NGO makes the call on the back of its 2019 Toxic Textiles report, which evaluated information on 14 major American apparel companies, including Target, Abercrombie & Fitch, Forever 21, GAP, The Children's Place, Walmart, URBN, Ralph Lauren, and others, to see if they are addressing sustainability issues throughout their supply chains, including chemical use and management.
It contacted the companies with surveys, read corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports when available and reviewed their websites. Green America found that some companies have started publishing manufacturing restricted substances lists (MRSLs) that restrict/ban chemicals used in the manufacturing proce...