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Hohenstein-Levi’s collaboration strengthens Screened Chemistry programme

Denim brand Levi Strauss & Co (LS&Co) is hoping to strengthen the capabilities of its Screened Chemistry programme with its most recent collaboration.
Screened Chemistry is an open-source programme that scrutinises chemical formulations - including emerging chemistries that are not yet covered by Manufacturing Restricted Substances Lists (MRSLs) - to prevent potentially hazardous compounds from entering the apparel supply chain and identify safer alternatives. 

The latest step to amplify the programme aims to utilise the Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex in the LS&Co. supply chain, through a collaboration with one of its leading providers, Germany-based research and testing body Hohenstein.
Eco Passport, an independent certification system for chemicals in the apparel industry, analyses whether individual ingredients in a chemical product meet international statutory requirements and are not harmful to humans; including on-site inspections to verify whether suppliers are using safer chemistry, manufactured according to industry best practices.
LS&Co vice-president of sustainability, Michael Kobori, said: “Levi Strauss & Co is committed to responsible chemicals management across our supply chain and our industry. This collaboration helps take our existing programs to the next level by establishing a new standard for responsible chemical stewardship that melds the hazard-based approach of Screened Chemistry with the robust testing and validation capabilities of Hohenstein.”
The company has also said that the combined use of Screened Chemistry and Eco Passport complements the recognised standards agreed upon by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) initiative, an industry collaboration designed to drive the adoption of safer chemistry across the supply chain.