Chemical circularity across textile value-chain - a comprehensive guide

Updated : October 2020


  • EHS professionals
  • Production professionals
  • Researchers or innovators
  • Textile chemicals professionals
  • Textile industry sustainability professionals

The report is aimed at providing textile chemical suppliers and users with recommendations and suggestions to increase the recycling and reuse of textile chemicals.

The suggestions include both existing and emerging practices that could benefit stakeholders as well as R&D to implement sustainable business models. In order to minimize the challenges faced by the use of textile chemicals and disposal, a new concept called chemical leasing is also proposed where the chemical supplier leases the function of the chemical rather than the volume of chemicals.

It suggests two complementary approaches to reduce chemical usage in the textile industry which are using lower amounts of chemicals by reducing the amounts deliberately applied in any given process and Increasing the amounts of chemicals that are reused and recycled by applying non-linear use models.

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Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)

Chemical use in leather processing

Non-linear chemical useage in textiles

Chemical user responsibility (CURE) model

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