In 2011 a group of major apparel and footwear brands and retailers made a shared commitment to help lead the footwear and apparel industry towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals. Scott Echols, Director of Technology at the ZDHC Foundation, will be discussing the latest developments of the project and launching the Leather ‘Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL)’ at the conference providing delegates with valuable insight into this important development in the use of chemicals in the leather industry. 

The ZDHC Foundation comprises the following signatory brands – adidas Group, Benetton, Burberry, C&A, Esprit, F&F, G-Star Raw, Gap Inc., H&M, Inditex, Jack Wolfskin, Levi Strauss & Co., L Brands, Li Ning, M&S, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc., NIKE, Inc., Primark, PUMA SE and PVH Corp. – and associate members – the Association of the German Sporting Goods Industry (BSI), European Outdoor Group (EOG), GermanFashion Modeverband Deutschland e.V., JINTEX Group, PolyOne, Everlight Chemical, SIWI

Please do not miss this unique opportunity to get the most up-to-date information on the ZDHC project and its implications for the leather industry.

Other topics on the agenda at the half-day (afternoon) conference include:

–   Animal welfare 

–   Alternative chemistries for leather production

–   Environmental Profit & Loss

–   Innovating to create viable processes and cut down on leather waste

–   Sustainable manufacturing

–   Moving to a Circular Economy

For a full agenda and registration please click here. For more information please contact Deborah Taylor: or call +44 (0)1604 679 940.

The conference is co-organised by BLC Leather Technology Centre and ILM, and is sponsored by Stahl and Lectra.