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DUBLIN – Fast fashion retailer Primark has joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC), the group of apparel and footwear brands and retailers aiming to lead the industry towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020. Esprit, adidas, G-Star and H&M are among group members.

 

"Primark is committed to eliminating certain chemicals from its supply chain by 2020, and as part of that commitment has become a member of the ZDHC Group," said a statement from Primark. "In line with ZDHC's Joint Roadmap, Primark wants to help bring about systemic change across the industry, and achieve the goal of zero discharge via all pathways of release, including emissions and losses.

"This pledge builds on the robust processes Primark already has in place to manage chemicals in its supply chain. It will work collaboratively through engagement with stakeholders to phase out identified chemicals and replace these with safer alternatives. It will also continue to work with other Joint Roadmap brands, suppliers, the chemical industry and NGOs to achieve this goal."

The ZDHC has also confirmed that Scott Echols, formerly of Nike, has become its new technical director of the ZDHC. Echols will be speaking at Planet Textiles.

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