Fashion for Good and ZDHC have announced a joint venture which is seeking innovators in the field of textile chemistry to pioneer technologies to make the industry safer.
Companies that apply will run for selection into the Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator and get the opportunity to participate in December’s Friends of ZDHC event in Amsterdam.
The Amsterdam based collaboration is hoping to pool its collective global industry networks to identify ground-breaking innovations which could contribute to the phasing out of hazardous textile chemistry.
The duo is inviting innovations from fledgling firms in the following areas:
New dyeing methods that save water or hazardous chemical use
Solvents and auxiliaries that can safely enter biological systems
High performing natural dyes
Recycling/de-dyeing techniques that allow for colour matching of light shades
Water, stain and/or oil repellent finishes or stain release agents that are PFC-free
Sustainable finishes that specifically target antimicrobial or fire retardant resistant properties without the use of restricted chemical substances in particular heavy metals and chlorinated organics
Halogen-free bleaching methods for denim finishing
Sustainable tanning methods for leather free of Chromium and other heavy metals with performance characteristics meeting or exceeding those of Cr-tanned leather
Fibre production – elastic/spandex
DMAC-free or solvent-free production of elastane
The Fashion for Good-Plug and Play Accelerator – which recently debuted its fourth batch of participants – is a 12-week curriculum which offers fledgling firms development, mentorship and support from the fashion hub’s corporate partners, which include adidas, C&A, PVH and Zalando.
The annual by-invitation only Friends of ZDHC event is set to take place of 7th December 2018 and will once again see experts from the textile chemistry sector attend talks and discussions regarding the opportunities, challenges, best practices and innovations regarding the use of safer and more innovative chemistry.