Supporting sustainable developments in fashion at ITMA 2019

Supporting sustainable developments in fashion at ITMA 2019

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August 28th, 2019

Barcelona, we joined leading industry partners as we focused on chemical and environmental management in the fashion and footwear supply chain.


SAC (Sustainable Apparel Coalition) and ZDHC (Zero Discharge Hazardous Chemicals) organized a workshop to highlight the transformation in the fashion industry. Over 100 participants attended the event, which focused on environmental responsibility. ZDHC is a coalition of fashion brands, value chain affiliates and associates of which Stahl has been a long-term associate. As chemical supplier, we joined the coalition as a strong adherent of the ZDHC-founded manufacturing restricted substances list. A point of focus was the Higg index and MRSL as tools for businesses that are striving to combat climate change and reduce their environmental footprint.

The Higg Index

Developed by the SAC, the Higg index was created as a toolset that helps businesses to realize more sustainable practices. By envisioning sustainability as a holistic approach, it helps measure improvements throughout the whole process. Higg index is suitable for retailers, brands and facilities of all sizes, who require tools that support every step of their sustainability journey. The Higg Index toolkit contains:

Cleaning up the supply chain

Stahl’s director of sustainability, Michael Costello, joined the closing panel discussion ‘Implementation Best Practices & Lessons Learned’. The chemistry industry is particularly interested and highly involved in changes in affiliated industries regarding the reduction of the environmental footprint. Stahl’s chemical management system and its commitment to the goal of eliminating hazardous substances from the supply chain was highlighted. Other panelists complemented Stahl’s leadership in regard to responsible behavior and chemical management. 

Stahl is highly committed to helping industry partners achieve their sustainability goals and offers its solutions, expertise and services. Find out more about our cooperation and membership in sustainability initiatives.

Are you looking for more information?

Please get in touch with your relevant contact within Stahl:

Anne ter Braak, Corporate Communications & Marketing Manager at Stahl
Anne ter Braak
Corporate Communications & Marketing Manager