PURELY YOUR DESIRED FABRIC – Carefree on Unwanted Materials (November 2007)
Along with the rising consciousness of environmental awareness, the market is getting more concerned with the purity of the content of the fabrics from undesirable materials. Several major leading merchandize brands such as Marks & Spencer and Esprit etcetera have recently initiated working seminars focusing on this issue. Where in ADWIN, the stringent control of forbidden or limited substances in consideration of Health, Safety and Sustainability has been an ongoing program since our early active promotion of Environmental Friendliness, the ECO-Plan.
The common terminology adapted by most merchandize brands is RSL – Restricted Substance List – a means to assist in controlling the level of unsafe substances in the fabrics. The criteria of the RSL of different merchandize brands vary to certain extent. As an overview of the widely known unsafe substances, ADWIN observes that the market generally controls harmful components including azo and related aromatic amines, carcinogenic dye, allergenic disperse dye, specific heavy metals, formaldehyde, pesticides, tin-organic compounds, chlorinated organic carrier, PVC, APEO/NPEO (commonly contained in detergent), PFOA & PFOS in additives for easy-care effects, allergic solvents commonly employed in fine printing, any substances substantially affecting the relative neutral pH value, etc. Each brand dictates its own standard on the level of restriction on most of the above elements, which means the standards across the market deviate from brand to brand. ADWIN established a centralized monitoring scheme to ensure that each specific requirement of any brand’s standard is reached.
Since ADWIN first launched the ECO-Plan, a well-defined set of objectives was clearly set out and constantly reviewed in its effectiveness of execution. The key objective concerns the issue of Health, Safety and Sustainability. Apart from assuring the fulfillment of RSL, ECO-Plan has encouraged a proactive involvement in the global devotion to the topics of climate change, Sustainable resources, health.
l ECO-Plan: sustainable operation, reduce mill contamination.
l ECO-Plan: determines the direction for research and investigation of new recyclable and renewable raw materials and technical applications of stable finishes to the materials,
l ECO-Plan: in search of fabric materials which enhances the sense of well being to skin and health.