ZDHC releases electronic version of ZDHC MRSL to drive implementation and ease usability

Today, the ZDHC Roadmap to Zero Programme is proud to announce the release of the electronic version of the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (ZDHC MRSL) - the ZDHC e-MRSL. From now on, this tool is available to support the global textile, apparel, leather and footwear industry by improving the use of chemicals in the value chain in an interactive way.

The ZDHC MRSL is a list of chemical substances that should be banned from intentionally use by the industry in the production of textile, apparel, leather and footwear. The ZDHC MRSL applies to chemicals used in facilities that process materials and trim parts for use in the industry. Chemicals in the ZDHC MRSL include solvents, cleaners, adhesives, paints, inks, detergents, dyes, colourants, auxiliaries, coatings and finishing agents used during raw material production, wet-processing, maintenance, wastewater treatment, sanitation and pest control.

The first ZDHC MRSL (version 1.0) was released in 2014, along with Chemical Guidance Sheets and was updated in December 2015 (version 1.1), to include leather.  Now the ZDHC MRSL is being released in an electronic format - the ZDHC e-MRSL - rather than a static PDF document.

“We are excited to announce the kick-off of our  online version of the ZDHC MRSL, it helps implementing the list in the industry and increases the user experience significantly, by providing a much easier search and browse functionality within the framework ” says Frank Michel, ZDHC Executive Director. 

With the ZDHC e-MRSL, users will be able to easily search for chemical substances, either by using the name of the substance or the CAS number. In the future it will also be possible to filter for different criteria and to translate the tool into multiple languages. Also it is still possible to download the tool as a PDF file.

“With this new format, it is a lot easier for all parts of the value chain to search for substances that should not intentionally be used in the manufacturing process.” says Scott Echols, ZDHC Programme  Director. “This tool will help us tremendously to support the implementation in facilities and will make it really easy to update the ZDHC MRSL in the future.“

This new digital format not only allows an easy way for the user to find chemicals and use the ZDHC MRSL, but it also enables an easy process for updating the ZDHC MRSL as the e-MRSL will always be up to date and current. From now on, ZDHC plans to update the ZDHC e-MRSL on an annual basis with version 2.0 is scheduled to be released in Q1 of 2019.

For more information about the ZDHC MRSL click here.

View and download the brand new ZDHC e-MRSL here:

ZDHC e-MRSL (PDF Export)