Multiple RSLs, risk matrices per materials, age, use, etc. multiple limits and substances aggregations, tests and more tests. Even in the ZDHC era we are still far from the harmonisation of chemical management. Life for suppliers is now more complicated. C3.tools can simplify it.
The growing focus on circular fashion issues cannot distract the supply chain from chemical safety: the new password is safe&circular.
With the end of the DETOX campaign, the baton of responsible chemical management has passed to
the ZDHC, leading to a substantial harmonisation only for chemical inputs and wastewater testing. At the finished product level, however, this did not happen. An opposite tendency towards fragmentation persists, even from those brands adhering to ZDHC: with a proliferation of P-RSLs, considerably different from each other, including individual substances and their groupings, detection limits and acceptability, and methods of analysis.
This state of affairs makes life difficult for suppliers aiming to be compliant and wanting to deploy their strategies: while conforming to the ZDHC M-RSL, they can find themselves not to be compliant with the P-RSL of a brand which also belongs to the ZDHC. Besides, the trend towards a stratification of brand requests, with various levels being added to each other, and on top of all that, environmental certifications protocols, complicate compliance management further.
Managing such complexity needs smart and affordable tools. C3.tools is a unique service, developed to simplify the verification of compliance with the RSLs of customers. Based on a proprietary algorithm, the software allows, in a few clicks and starting from laboratory tests or certifications, evaluating compliance with the various chemical safety protocols and with the P-RSLs and M-RSLs of fashion brands.
C3.tools has been realised in collaboration with the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering of the Milan Polytechnic and is already in use in Italian companies and laboratories.
The software uses a continuously updated database consisting of:
- 1,500 substances present in the RSLs of the brands
- Over 100 specially developed harmonisation algorithms that solve cases of non-comparability between the Brands RSLs
- RSLs (P-RSL + M-RSL) of over 50 of the world’s major brands, the brands available are continuously increasing.
Overall, the database consists of over 300 RSLs, for each brand there are enough RSLs needed for direct comparison depending on inputs, outputs and age class of the user. For the M-RSLs, there is a specific RSL for each input or output: chemical formulations, waters and sludge. For P-RSLs, there is a specific RSL for each product category: fabrics, leather, plastic, metals, other natural materials, coatings and printings, recycled materials, packaging, paper and so on.
To facilitate the use, C3.tools include, already partially pre-filled, over 60 laboratory report templates from 10 international and Italian laboratories.
Who we are: Blumine Srl is an Italian research and consultancy company that supports fashion and design suppliers and brands in the development of sustainable products and projects. Born in 2010, it has accompanied the first supplier in the world to the Greenpeace DETOX commitment in 2013 and is operating in chemical responsibility since then.