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Textiles, Apparel and Footwear Services

We’ll work to set your products apart by helping them meet and exceed consumer expectations for quality, fit and durability.

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Overview

By having an in-depth understanding of the footwear, textile and apparel industries, we are well-versed in the standards and risks associated with the procurement, construction and performance of these items. This knowledge enables us to offer a full suite of services to help you comply with the regulations needed to manufacture, sell and distribute your products.

We have access to state-of-the-art laboratories around the world that test for quality, fit and durability — criteria based on consumer expectations — and we have significant experience in helping luxury brands maintain stringent quality controls across their entire supply chain.

Benefits

We are an official contributor to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program, and we support their vision of the widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry and best practices to protect consumers, workers and the environment. To aid in this mission, we’re ready to help you develop and implement a sustainable supply chain across your organization.

We make compliance with safety regulations and standards easy by offering tailored solutions specifically designed for the textile and shoe manufacturing industries. Sustainability checks, for example, are one of the most requested services we offer. They include an on-site wastewater assessment, which is based on the ZDHC Program to remove hazardous chemicals in the global textile and footwear value chain. These assessments provide actionable information to manufacturers who source goods from water intensive operations, such as leather tanneries and dye operations, in an effort to help you make better, more environmentally friendly sourcing decisions.

Why UL

From factory to shelf, we help confirm that your products meet quality, safety and social standards by offering a variety of assurance services.

Textiles and apparel services:

  • Development fabric and production testing
  • Chemical management
  • Restricted substances
  • Care instruction and labeling
  • Flammability
  • Colorfastness and lightfastness
  • Fiber analysis
  • Dimensional stability, durability and performance
  • Promotional claims testing
  • Children’s apparel risk assessments
  • Quality inspections
  • Manufacturing and social compliance audits

Footwear services:

  • Product testing to international standards
  • Testing/obtaining the CE mark on leather, leather products, and footwear (France only)
  • Aromatic amines derived from AZO colorants testing
  • Testing to state regulations including California Proposition 65
  • Documentation for shipping within Europe
  • Quality inspections
  • Manufacturing and social compliance audits
  • Phthalate testing

We help our clients improve the strength of their global supply chains, optimize product performance, and protect brand reputation.

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