As members of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme, all our dyes and chemicals are on their approved list. Founded in 2011, in response to the Greenpeace DeTox campaign, ZDHC aims to eliminate the use of priority hazardous chemicals in the global textile, leather and footwear value chain.
One example of the value of the ZDHC programme is the elimination of APEO's (Alkylphenol ethoxylates) from our supply chain. Until just a few years ago APEO's were widely used in cleaning (scouring) wools and cashmere. By adopting the strict standards of the ZDHC programme we have been able to eliminate the use of APEO's in the scouring of our wools and cashmere. Also, by influencing the development and selection of detergents for our suppliers we believe we have influenced the removal of this from an extremely wide section of the textile industry.