To make the leather industry still going as successful as ever we have to incorporate sustainability and best practices in the process. Lowering the environmental impact should be the priority. Every tanner should take the responsibility of waste management and help the environment for our future generations so these area should be addressed and followed by our tanners to help to sustain the industry and as well as the future generation, then the leather is good for society and for the planet.
REACH (Regulation, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals)
The registration system requires the trace-ability and identification of chemical substances, chemical substances in preparations and in articles. Documentation to be submitted to ECHA.
REACH testing is a critical part of European legislation to ensure that products entering the marketplace are safe for consumer use. It deals with Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and restriction of Chemical substances. The law entered into force on 1 June 2007 and managed by European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).
The regulation places greater responsibility on industry to manage the risks from chemicals and to provide safety information on the substances and replace very hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives.
MANUFACTURING RESTRICTED SUBSTANCE LIST (MRSL)
A MRSL is an innovative new approach to manage chemicals in products and supply chains. The MRSL (Manufacturing Restricted Substance List) differs from a RSL because it restricts hazardous substances potentially used and discharged into the environment during manufacturing, not just those substances that could be present in finished products. ZDHC MRSL is a list of chemical substances which are subject to a usage ban; it applies to the chemicals used in the production of apparel and footwear that has been developed by the ZDHC foundation in close cooperation with third party technical experts and global industry associations. The list assists brands and their suppliers in the apparel and footwear industry to adopt a harmonized approach to manage chemicals during raw material processing. The MRSL takes into consideration both process and functional chemicals used to make products, as well as chemicals used to clean equipment and facilities. It addresses ANY chemical used within the four walls of a manufacturing facility. A MRSL changes the way we look at chemicals management. It focuses at the beginning of the manufacturing cycle by prohibiting chemicals entering the facility and thus reduces the need to treat and clean up effluent.
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