The ZDHC Programme, a collaboration of brands and value-chain affiliates, is driving the creation of the platform with technology partner, ADEC Innovations.
One of the key ways the ZDHC Programme is working to eliminate hazardous chemicals is through its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL), a standard which sets limits on the use of key chemicals in the manufacturing process.
The creation of the ZDHC MRSL was hailed as a milestone, moving the entire industry forward towards safer chemical use. However one of the challenges suppliers still face in working to conform to this standard is knowing where to go, and who to trust, when it comes to safer chemistry claims.
The ZDHC Chemical Gateway addresses this with a simple, online search tool that shows the level to which a chemical buyer can be confident a product conforms with the ZDHC MRSL. This measure is based on third-party product accreditation standards and options available in the market.
“Creating this sort of system doesn’t happen overnight,” says ZDHC Executive Director Frank Michel.
“But it will be invaluable in providing clear, easily-accessible information on whether a chemical conforms with the ZDHC MRSL.”