ZDHC Programme takes first steps towards cleaning up textile effluent in China

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals programme has completed its first year of trialling its wastewater guidelines for the textile industry in China. The country is only the first step in a longer game.

A band of progressive textile millers and materials processers in China are one year into a three-step programme to comply with a stringent set of voluntary wastewater treatment standards. They form part of a wider initiative to set up common environmental standards for the international footwear and apparel sector, currently promoted by more than 20 global brands.

In Shanghai on 10 October,...

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