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ZDHC has man-made cellulosic fibres in its sights

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme has announced it will expand the scope of its ‘Roadmap to Zero’ to include raw material production. 

Until now, the organisation’s focus has mainly been on the management of the chemicals used in the production of textiles, apparel, leather and footwear. 

ZDHC’s work related to raw materials will start with man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCF), such as viscose, modal and lyocell, before expanding to other materials in the future.

It said it has taken this decision due to “the importance of fibre production not only in terms of environmental impact but also for the circularity of the industry.”

This step comes after a multi-stakeholder roundtable it held in March 2018 with a number of MMCF groups, including Lenzing and Birla Cellulose. 

This event led ZDHC to the conclusion that there was a need to develop clear guidelines for wastewater, sludge, waste and air emissions specific to MMCF production. 

ZDHC has said that these guidelines will initially focus on the production of MMCF, with the dissolving pulp production process to be considered at a later stage. It expects to release a draft of the guidelines at the end of 2018, before pilots take place in early 2019. 

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