"Green Screen" for safer chemicals

In GreenScreen® for safe chemicals is a comparative risk assessment of chemicals (CHA), with the help of very high concern chemicals and safer alternatives can be elicited so. Used this method in product design and development, material procurement, and as part of the assessment of alternatives for fulfilling the legal requirements in the industry, the public sector and non-governmental organizations. Furthermore GreenScreen® can be used to promote environmentally friendly material procurement tools including standards, scorecards and eco-labels.

In a webinar will include an introduction to the method. Title: Green Screen ® for safer chemicals: applications and new  

In the GreenScreen® list of translators is a shortened, automated version of the full GreenScreen® method. Based solely constitutes the danger list, which is based on the GreenScreen® method. With the GreenScreen® list of translators according to the GreenScreen®-risk classifications binding and filtered danger lists, including a classification of countries according to GHS, created. This can quickly exclude worrying chemicals and instead find out the chemicals that are best suited for a full-GreenScreen® review.


Sometimes a chemical appears on multiple lists so that the lists based on these hazard classifications may contradict each other. In these cases, the "privilege rules" of the GS-list translator apply. Under those rules, the mandatory lists have in the case of conflicting results, the privilege against the checklists and should relate to each other lists of the same liability or same test value contrary, the more conservative value is to be estimated.

The GreenScreen® Guide and the documents of the procedure are freely available.

There are already a number of initiatives, was published in the context of which GreenScreens®. Some are free, others available for a fee. For more information, please visit:

The software for the GreenScreen® list of translators is exclusively available for purchase, but it is at very attractive prices offered in various ways.


The RSL Toolkit for suppliers of AFIRM

In AFIRM is a platform to promote global management of substances with limited use in the apparel and footwear industry, to educate the supply chain on the list of restricted substances usable (RSL), to address concerns and share ideas for improve the management of restricted substances used.

The platform provides information on sustainable, self-responsible implementation of the list of restricted substances usable (RSL) in the value chain of the apparel and footwear industry. This is an initiative that was started jointly by brands such as Asics, Nike, Pentland, Esprit, GAP and others.

Link to Toolkit: toolkit copy / AFIRMToolkitOct08.doc


The SIN List

SIN stands for "Substitute It Now!", So to German "Replace Now". This list is the project of an NGO to accelerate the transition towards a world free from hazardous chemicals.

The 626 chemicals on the SIN List 2.1 were classified by the ChemSec on the basis of the EU regulation on chemicals, REACH, developed criteria to be extremely worrying. The chemicals listed on the SIN List will be used partly in large quantities in various fields of detergents on color to computers and toys. Therefore, the SIN list is an important tool to accelerate with REACH related standing legislative process and to give companies pioneering information. The list is based on a clear concept: replace hazardous chemicals with safer alternatives. So the goal is to create a world free of toxic substances as quickly as possible.

The SIN List:


MRSL list for non-discharge of hazardous chemicals into the wastewater (ZDHC)

The MRSL list to brands, helping their value chain and the industry in general here, proceed uniformly in the control of hazardous substances used in the processing of textile and trim materials in the footwear and apparel industry. Therefore, the MRSL should go to all suppliers of raw materials, including wet-chemical treatment plants and suppliers and the factories for the production or manufacture of garments and shoes.

The brands should ensure that raw material suppliers and manufacturing plants coordinate the effect of the chemical suppliers, in that the chemical compositions of the materials are not included on the list using the specified values.


Note: In this version MRSL Naturleder- and metal trim parts are not covered.


Comparison of the MADE-BY-standards for wet treatment

Wet treatment refers to the textile processing, pretreated under which products, dyed, printed and finished in a liquid-based method. In this method, large amounts of water, electricity and (hazardous) chemicals are used. On the market there are indeed a number of standards and systems, but most textile companies is not clear what the difference between these and how this improvement for the wet processing value chain for water, electricity and chemical consumption can be achieved.

This overview was created as an objective guide together with the management itself and serves the practical and comparative analysis with the help of companies best suited to its value chain can set the standards.



The Higg Index SAC

The present in the current 2.0 version Higg-index represents a collection of tools for sustainability assessment, which can be used immediately. Using this so-called. Modules can impact under three different points are measured. Plant, brand and product. The main function of the Higg-index as a tracer -based assessment tool  for apparel and footwear products . To create this index practically relevant, qualitative questions to capture the environmental and sustainability performance are used and thus stimulated to improve in this area.

The entire contents of the Higg index is available as open source file, ie free and freely accessible. Even for non-members, ie the general public, is the content of the Higg index 1.0 and 2.0 as an Excel spreadsheet free downloads available. 


MADE-BY-Environmental Reference values ​​for fibers

The started by MADE-BY reference values ​​for comparison of the environmental impacts of market fibers in the clothing industry designers and product managers will be prompted instead of the currently commercially available materials to use sustainable alternatives. After examining the manufacturing processes of natural and synthetic fibers and their effect on humans and the environment MADE-BY has a list of 28 fibers divided into five groups according to six criteria created. These reference values ​​are updated each year to reflect the latest developments and technologies in the market account.

Please click here to view the comparison values ​​and to download the summary created from it:


Leather Working Group (LWG)

The aim of this composite from various stakeholders group is the development and continuous updating of a protocol for the evaluation of environmental compliance and performance of tanners and the promotion of sustainable and appropriate environmentally conscious business practices in the leather industry. The group seeks to promote the development of uniform environmental objectives, highlighting good practice and the idea of ​​the proposed guidelines in the spirit of continuous improvement, the Gerber industry.

So far, the group of the following information has been published:


Made-By Wet Processing Benchmark:

The MADE-BY Wet Processing Benchmark uses actual data to bring transparency and drive change. Using field data from factories around the world, it illustrates the sustainability of common wet processing techniques and applications in terms of water use, energy use, and potential chemical or safety hazards. Because many factors can vary during implementation, a range has been used to show actual efficiency as achieved by factories under real production circumstances. The techniques listed are not necessarily substitutes for one another; rather, this tool can help a company to understand its efficiency compared to industry averages. Further detail on the methodology and the assumptions can be found in the accompanying report.

Consult the benchmark, and download the research summary it is based upon:


Swedish Textile Water Initiative (STWI) - Guidelines for Sustainable Water Use in Textiles and Leather

The Sweden Textile Water Initiative (STWI) started in 2010 as a joint project between textile and leather retail companies in Sweden, together with Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). In September 2014, STWI launched the second version of its guidelines for sustainable water use in textiles and leather manufacturing processes, as well as an upgraded short summary of these guidelines. The upgraded version incorporates tools to help factories, brands and other potential users of the guidelines apply them practically in their facilities and operations.

For more details, consult the STWI website here.

You can download the summary and the guidelines directly below:


Textile Exchange - Content Claim Standard (CCS)

The Content Claim Standard is a chain of custody standard that provides companies with a tool to verify that one or more specific input materials are in a final product. It requires that each organisation along the supply chain take sufficient steps to ensure that the integrity and identity of the input material is preserved. It does not validate any claims about a product beyond the amount of a specific material that is in it. The standard does not limit which type of input material may be claimed, and therefore has broad application potential.



Standards for ethical sourcing of duck and geese down

Two organisations have released standards that allow companies to ensure that the down in their products comes from ethically treated geese.

Textile Exchange - Responsible Down Standard (RDS):

NSF International - Global Traceable Down Standard (GTDS):


Textile Exchange - Standards for Recycled Materials

Recycled Claim Standard (RCS):

The RCS is as a chain of custody standard to track recycled raw materials through the supply chain. The standard was developed through work by the Materials Traceability Working Group, part of the OIA's Sustainability Working Group. The RCS uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (see above).

Global Reycling Standard V3.0 (GRS):

The desired effect of the GRS is to provide brands with a tool for more accurate labeling, to encourage innovation in the use of reclaimed materials, to establish more transparency in the supply chain, and to provide better information to consumers. The GRS uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (see above). Unlike the RCS, the GRS also encompasses environmental requirements.


Textile Exchange - Organic Content Standard (OCS)

The OCS relies on third-party verification to verify that a final product contains the accurate amount of a given organically grown material. It does not address the use of chemicals or any social or environmental aspects of production beyond the integrity of the organic material. The OCS uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (see above).