The future of fashion is Dimethylformamide (DMF(A)) free

29 March 2017
Fashion has changed the world more than once, yet sometimes it is the world that changes fashion.

The fashion industry has always been a breeding ground for real talent. Designers that are capable of creating iconic collections, and designers that use their talent and imagination to conceive materials and innovative solutions that go beyond what any of us deemed possible. Innovations that did not only change entire collections, but also changed our collective view on the impact that fashion has on our society.


The more we love fashion, the more we realize that fashion has a profound effect on how we live, interact with each other and feel about ourselves. And as we become more aware about the impact we each have on the environment, our health and the health of our friends and families have become one of our biggest priorities. Our choices have become more conscious, and we expect more from the brands we love and support.

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and other initiatives 
Today, designers and fashion brands are more aware than ever of the impact they have on our lives. Their innovations give birth to new sustainable materials, innovative ways of re-using materials and creating ways to improve the production process of materials that we already know and love. The fashion industry has collectively set a goal to ban all hazardous chemicals from being used in the fashion, accessories and footwear industries. They are joined by several key players from across the supply chain to secure a sustainable future, and we can proudly say that Stahl is one of the companies involved. 

Together the industry has created guidelines that are known as the “Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals” or ZDHC. With these guidelines, the industry is heading towards a sustainable, durable and successful future.

DMF(A)-free
With decades of experience in chemical innovation, Stahl takes its role in the supply chain very serious. Some of our more sustainable technologies where born long before the ZDHC was formed and since then many new technologies, improvements and innovations have been made. Through various Centers of Excellence all around the world Stahl continues to develop sustainable chemical solutions. Today Stahls portfolio contains a broad range of bio-and water-based solutions that are DMF(A)-free, VOC-free and solvent-free. We continue to innovate and invest in sustainable solutions so we will have the right technology available long before the changes in the market create a demand for it.

Stahl Campus®
Our goal is to contribute to a sustainable and transparent supply-chain and we believe education has a very important role to play to reach the goals that we and the industry have set for ourselves. At Stahl Campus® we educate industry professionals, students, NGO’s and partners about the processes and technologies that are part of the production chain for both leather and performance coatings. We offer several training courses that combine our collective knowledge and by sharing this knowledge we aim to set new standards for an even brighter future of our industry.

The fashion industry is changing, and now more than ever we collectively need to take on the responsibilities that go along with securing a durable, sustainable and successful future. We are here to help, and we would like to offer you all the knowledge that we can share with you so we can secure this bright future together. Because together we can open up endless possibilities.
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