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Pulcra Chemicals GmbH commitment to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Manufacturing Restricted Substance List


In the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Joint Roadmap, Version 2, ZDHC member brands are committed to define and develop a Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) for the apparel and footwear industry. The ZHDC MRSL addresses hazardous substances potentially used and discharged into the environment during manufacturing and related processes, not just those substances that could be present in finished products.

The ZDHC MRSL is a list of chemical substances subject to a usage ban, meaning that the MRSL-listed chemical substance or group of substances may not be used to achieve a desired function or effect during production of the raw material or product (that is, no intentional use). Due to the existence of manufacturing impurities in chemical formulations, a minor or trace amount of the restricted substance is permitted within defined concentration limits. Chemical formulations containing restricted substances that exceed these limits are not compliant with the MRSL. 

Restricted substances and groups of substances according to MRSL of ZDHC (details on chemicals and individual limits see MRSL) are:

  • Alkylphenol (AP) and Alkylphenol Ethoxylates ( APEOs)
  • Chlorobenzenes & Chlorotoluenes
  • Chlorophenols
  • Dyes – Azo (Forming Restricted Amines)
  • Dyes – Navy Blue Colorant
  • Dyes – Carcinogenic or Equivalent Concern
  • Dyes – Disperse (Sensitizing)
  • Flame Retardants
  • Glycols
  • Halogenated Solvents
  • Organotin Compounds
  • Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)
  • Perfluorinated and Polyfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs)
  • Phthalates – including all other esters of ortho-phthalic acid
  • Total Heavy Metals
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC)
Joint announcement of chemical suppliers

to contribute to ZDHC:

PULCRA CHEMICALS GROUP is a proud member of the Global Chemical Industry Round Table initiative (GCIRT) and is very happy to announce today our decision to join the ZDHC Foundation as a contributor. We will be uploading our key products onto the ZDHC Gateway Chemical Module and support the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL) and the related “pyramid” conformity system designed to eliminate duplicative approaches. This is the fundamental base to the success of ZDHC and all stakeholders of the textile value chain. PULCRA CHEMICALS GROUP will actively engage in various task forces focused on supporting the continuous improvement programs of ZDHC. As such PULCRA CHEMICALS GROUP, together with the GCIRT Initiative, look forward to a close and open cooperation with all stakeholders of ZDHC. ”

Press Release ZDHC Foundation

Amsterdam, June 18, 2019 - The ZDHC Foundation manages the Roadmap to Zero Programme with the aim of phasing out hazardous chemicals in the textile, apparel, footwear and leather value chain by promoting safer chemistry and driving innovation. With more than 130 active Contributors, the multi-stakeholder ZDHC Programme headquartered in Amsterdam and with offices in Milan, Mumbai, Shanghai and Portland/US, ZDHC co-ordinates the collaborative implementation of a holistic toolset on a global level. 

The Global Chemical Industry Round Table (GCIRT)*, sent an open letter to ZDHC in May 2018 and is a group of the leading chemical solution providers in the textile and leather industry with the collective aim of driving the industry further to become more sustainable. GCIRT’s signatory’s engagement into the ZDHC Programme will support a faster transformation of the industry by taking complexity out of the supply chain and to find appropriate solutions for the industries’ requirements. 

In an intense dialogue and a series of meetings during the past year between the ZDHC Board of Directors and the GCIRT, an alignment was gained on ZDHC organisational commitments and a mutual understanding of the role of chemical suppliers within the ZDHC Programme. This opens the doors for broader, more active distribution of chemistry expertise and implementation support of textile dye and leather chemical manufacturing industry in the ZDHC Programme. 

As a consequence of the alignment the GCIRT signatory companies will each be joining the ZDHC Foundation as Contributors and uploading their products in the Chemical Module of the ZDHC Gateway via bluesign’s bluefinder tool.

In this, the fourth year of implementing the ZDHC Programme, the ZDHC Foundation exclusive focus is to accelerate the phase out of hazardous chemistry in the textile and leather value chains based on the use of ZDHC tools and standards. Furthermore, over time ZDHC will evolve the ZDHC Programme from a brand driven to a multi-stakeholder initiative with balanced roles and responsibilities within the ZDHC Programme. 

GCIRT Speaker: “This is a critical milestone towards addressing the demand for a cleaner and transparent supply chain. The engagement of leading chemical suppliers makes the ZDHC Programme implementation efforts more robust to mitigate societal and environmental risk for all textile and leather value chain stakeholders. It is only by working together that we will be able to shift the needle in the way we tackle urgent sustainability challenges in the textile and leather industry.”

Frank Michel, Executive Director, ZDHC Foundation: “To further accelerate the transformation of our industry we need to engage with all relevant participants of the value chain to shape the ZDHC Programme from a finite ‘roadmap to 2020’ mission to an infinite ZDHC Programme with broad multi-stakeholder support.”

Charles Dickinson, Chair of the ZDHC Board of Directors: “We are all in agreement, that the current situation of proliferation of detox approaches and their supporting testing schemes is ineffective and costly. Therefore, we acknowledge that we share a common objective in the alignment of resources that drive better chemistry and innovations that reduce the chemical and environmental footprint of the textile and leather industries”


The alignment with the chemical suppliers focuses on a harmonised industry approach to implementation that reduces duplicative efforts and complexity in the value chain whilst clarifying and strengthening the role of the chemical industry as a whole in the ZDHC Programme: 

The ZDHC MRSL & MRSL update 
Further development of this standard will ensure adequate participation of the engaged textile and leather chemical manufacturers within the ZDHC MRSL Focus Areas, Advisory Groups and Councils to ensure that future updates represent current best chemical manufacturing techniques and can be reliably met by the industry.

ZDHC MRSL Level 0 Conformity
The ZDHC MRSL Level 0 conformance (self-declaration) was initially necessary to gain broad engagement of the chemical suppliers in our value chain. To move to the next level of ZDHC MRSL conformance for sustainable chemistry, Level 0 will be phased out in 2020.  This prevents a stagnation of low ZDHC MRSL conformance and gains higher confidence in chemical formulations and their suppliers that are listed in the Chemical Module of the ZDHC Gateway.  

Chemical Supplier Leader Programme
The chemical suppliers will support the Foundation in establishing a Chemical Supplier Leader Programme that reflects and rewards the ambition for continuous improvement in textile and leather chemical manufacturing. The spirit of this new programme will be jointly developed in the coming months and implemented in 2020.   

ZDHC Conformity Pyramid Approach
During the intense dialogue, all parties agreed that, the acceptance of the ZDHC MRSL and the related conformity system (Level 3 includes Level 2 and 1, Level 2 includes Level 1) by all stakeholders is fundamental to the success of the ZDHC Programme. 

Commenting on the alignment Frank Michel, Executive Director, ZDHC Foundation says: “The organisation and the ZDHC Programme is dedicated to continuous improvement. We hope the progress made in the past months and years has built a solid foundation for a clear path forward for the individual engagement of chemical suppliers in the ZDHC Programme.” 

ZDHC Board and Management thanks all active Contributors in the ZDHC Programme and the signatories of the GCIRT for their openness and willingness to collaborate, moving the ZDHC Programme to the next level in terms of global outreach and active stakeholder engagement in the ZDHC Foundation activities.

The GCIRT members are: ARCHROMA (Switzerland); CHT Germany GmbH (Germany); Colourtex Industries Private Limited (India); DyStar Singapore Pte Ltd (Singapore); Huntsman Textile Effects (Singapore); KISCO (Korea); Pulcra Chemicals Group (Germany); RUDOLF GmbH (Germany); TANATEX Chemicals B.V. (Netherlands).


Please be advised that based on the information available to us from our raw material suppliers the current products offered in the product lines listed below do not contain any of the substances or group of substances  as intentionally added raw materials or as impurities above the limit specified in the MRSL2 (current version: 1.1, 2017) of ZDHC. To the best of our knowledge, none of these substances are intentionally generated during production.

This list currently does not cover the complete portfolio of the Pulcra Group worldwide. In case of questions or need of further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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