Environmental pollution through poor chemical management is a hot topic in the manufacturing sector, in particular for the leathergoods, footwear and apparel industries. NGOs have made environmental pollution of waterways through untreated or contaminated effluent from factories, a feature of targeted campaigns aimed at the consumers of brands and retailers.
A key reason for contaminated effluent or discharge from factories is inefficient uptake of chemicals into the processed material itself during the manufacturing process, leaving the wastewater with a higher concentration of unfixed chemicals. Environmental pollution can therefore be caused if effluent is not treated before being discharged from factories.
Maximising Chemical Uptake in Materials
The process of maximising chemical uptake in materials has numerous benefits for the factory in addition to preventing environmental pollution:
BLC have a number of practical solutions to assess the uptake of chemicals in leather processing and can provide on-site implementation support:
Chemical Management Through MRSL Verification with Chem-MAP
When considering effluent loadings, it is also important to ensure that the most appropriate verified chemistries are used in process recipes.
Chem-MAP, an MRSL verification system developed by BLC and Vert-Tex, and approved by ZDHC is aimed at chemical companies, materials manufacturers and brands and retailers in the footwear and apparel supply chain. By verifying the chemical formulations used in the manufacture of raw materials, it is possible to eliminate hazardous chemistry from the production line and the supply chain.
Chem-MAP starts this verification process with chemical companies through the c-MAP Programme, by testing chemical formulations for compliance to the ZDHC MRSL through MRSL testing (which is available to both chemical companies and manufacturers). Approved formulations are then listed on the ZDHC Gateway and chemical companies who complete the c-MAP Programme can achieve ZDHC Conformance Level 3.
Chem-MAP then engages manufacturers through the m-MAP Programme, which provides them with chemical management audits and staff training on the use of chemicals in the manufacturing process, including environmental risks from untreated effluent and the use of ZDHC approved chemistry. Manufacturers who compete the m-MAP Programme to the required standard will be awarded the Chem-MAP Approved Manufacturer (CAM) status. Staff who successfully complete all training modules will be awarded the Chem-MAP Approved Technician (CAT) status.
Brands and retailers can participate in the b-MAP Programme which is designed as a chemical management support package for compliance with ZDHC objectives and to develop robust chemical management systems.
BLC Chemical and Material Consulting Services
Developing chemical management systems within the leather, textile and synthetic materials supply chain reduce chemical risk as well as maximise operational efficiency. BLC provide:
BLC Chemical Testing Services for Compliance
Ultimately, the final check of compliance will be done through chemical, material and wastewater testing. BLC offers a full suite of chemical tests, including:
Start Your Journey to Responsible Chemical Management Today
BLC can help your business maximise chemical uptake in raw material manufacture, develop chemical management through Chem-MAP and carry out chemical testing for compliance.
Contact BLC to start building and developing chemical management systems and reducing chemical risk in your supply chain by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling +44 (0) 1604 679 999 or completing the contact form at the bottom of this web page.
Watch the Chem-MAP video to see how this new ZDHC approved MRSL verification programme is engaging all organisations in the leather, textile and synthetic materials supply chains to drive the use of responsible chemistry in the manufacture of consumer products.
Chem-MAP is a preventative system that protects businesses, workers, consumers and the environment, and rewards businesses that engage through certification, approved status, training and technical support. Chem-MAP offers three programmes which are specifically designed for chemical companies (c-MAP Programme), manufacturers (m-MAP Programme) and brands and retailers (b-MAP Programme).