Twenty leading Italian fashion and textile companies from Milan’s Prato district have together signed Greenpeace’s ‘Detox’ commitment to eliminate “hazardous” chemicals, defined as meaning any chemical which is bio-accumulative and toxic (PBT), carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMR), endocrine disruptive or has “properties of equivalent concern.” The commitment specifies 11 families of chemicals considered as “priority hazardous”.
The joint supply chain commitment covers production of 4.5 million metres of fabric per year. Implementation will be undertaken by the regional industry federation, Confindustria Toscana Nord, which represents Europe’s largest textile district. The federation stated that the commitment will “further green a supply chain that proudly provides global brands with the highest standard in the textile industry.”
Greenpeace International press release 11/2/2016 “Italy’s largest fashion supply chain pledges to Detox hazardous chemicals”. Photo Andrea Guermani / Greenpeace.