- Europe and Central Asia
Sectors of activity
Consumer Goods, Waste, incl. Chemicals, Industrial Sector
Type of initiative
Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment
Type of lead actor
Government / public sector
A wide range of chemicals are used in textile manufacturing some of which are hazardous to health and the environment. It is difficult for actors along the supply chain, not least the final consumer, to gain an overview of the potential hazardous content of textile products due to complex supply chains.
This project explored opportunities and obstacles for tackling this poblem by requiring declarations of harmful chemicals throughout the textile value chain and developing a common Nordic standpoint on the issue of chemical declarations. An additional aim was to provide Nordic input to the coming EU Strategy for a Non-toxic Environment in the area of chemicals in textiles.
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No activities have yet been reported under this initiative
Impact and Results
The project produced the following results:
- An assessment of different legal options for declaration and/or labelling the content of chemicals in textiles (including possibilities and challenges). Two alternative proposals were assessed 1) use of the EU REACH legislation on chemicals to require labelling and declaration
2) creation of a new product safety regulation for textiles that could include CE-marking.
- Identification of parallel supplementary activities to labelling e.g. encouraging non-toxic initiatives, encouraging specificaiton of ecolabels/chemical control in procurement contracts etc.
- List of substances of relevance to a declaration/label requirement. Shows information and knowledge gaps in all existing hazardous chemicals in textiles.
Following the project the Nordic governments sent a letter to the European Commission with inputs to the coming Strategy for a Non-toxic Environment. The letter included proposals to phase out 'substances of very high concern' from consumer textiles, ensure that textiles are used in a resource efficient way and to increase consumer information on hazardous content in textiles.
It is expected that the Nordic input will have a key influence on the final Strategy. Nordic countries, and Sweden and Denmark in particular, have taken a leading role in chemical regulation at EU level.
Next steps and how to get involved
If you are a policymaker, industry association representative or consumer organisation interested in chemical declarations on consumer products, or other means for regulating hazardous substances in textiles, read the Nordic Council of Minisers assessment.
If you have any questions please contact the project initiator at the Danish EPA; Louise Fredsbo Karlsson, email@example.com or the project manager: Sandra Roos, firstname.lastname@example.org