The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group has released its Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) for the apparel and footwear industry, setting concentration limits for substances that may affect the environment or the final product itself.
The group has aimed to use the list in elimination or substitution of hazardous substances in a harmonized approach.
The MRSL contains some 150 substances, including:
- heavy metals
- volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
- polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
- perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs)
- flame retardants
- alkylphenol and alkylphenol ethoxylates
- various dyes