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Differences between a RSL and MRSL

A RSL is a list of hazardous chemicals that are restricted below a certain threshold in finished textile products.

A MRSL is a list of hazardous chemicals that are restricted below a certain threshold in textile, apparel and footwear manufacturing. This list includes process chemicals, which may be used in manufacturing but are not present in the finished product.

NGO Guide helps reduce hazardous chemicals in textile processing

NGO Guidance

The textile industry uses lots of water, chemicals and energy. 20% of industrial water pollution comes from textile processing. Detergents, lubricants and bleaches are used to pretreat fabric. Dyeing uses numerous auxiliary chemicals, and many fabrics are treated with chemicals to provide functional benefits such as water repellency and easy care attributes. A Textile Guide, […]

Seven steps to safer chemicals

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Today only a small number of chemicals used by American workers are regulated in the workplace. Many others are suspected of being harmful. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA has developed a toolkit to help companies and businesses reduce hazardous chemicals in the workplace. Transitioning to safer alternatives can be challenging, but […]

EPA Safer Choice Label enables purchase of safer household products

Safer Choice

Over 2000 commercially available products carry the Safer Choice label The USEPA Safer Choice program helps identify products that perform well and are safer for human health and the environment. The Safer Choice label recently replaced the USEPA Design for the Environment or DfE label. Although both programs are the same, Safer Choice is a better description of the consumer […]

Explaining GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals

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GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals assesses and compares chemicals based on their intrinsic hazard. GreenScreen® for Safer Chemicals (GreenScreen) is one of the tools in the chemical management toolbox! It can help determine if a chemical should be used or replaced with safer alternatives. Chemicals with high hazards, such as carcinogens and mutagens, are assigned a benchmark 1 […]

Some facts about the GHS

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The GHS is the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. The GHS, developed by the United Nations, is a system for standardizing and harmonizing the classification and labeling of chemicals according to their health, physical and environmental hazards. Because it is not a regulation, no country is obligated to adopt all, or […]

Benefits of Assessing Chemicals using the Chemicals Management Module

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The Chemicals Management Module is a strategic roadmap companies can adopt to better manage the chemicals used in their products. The Chemicals Management Module will help you protect your brand reputation and minimize your company risk by uncovering the right information needed to adhere to regulatory chemical requirements. I like the Chemical Management Module developed by the […]

What is the Outdoor Industry Association Chemicals Management Module?

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The Chemicals Management Module is a strategic roadmap companies can adopt to better manage the chemicals used to create their products. Originally written by members of the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), it has now been integrated into the Higg Index, a suite of sustainability assessment tools designed to improve the overall sustainability efforts in the footwear […]

What is a Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL)?

The MRSL 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.

Chemical Footprint tool tracks progress towards safer chemicals

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The Chemical Footprint Project (CFP) is an initiative for measuring corporate progress to safer chemicals. The CFP provides a metric for benchmarking companies as they select safer alternatives and reduce their use of chemicals of high concern. The CFP measures and defines the Chemical Footprint as the total mass of chemicals of high concern in […]

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