Press Release Italian Detox Consortium

Press Release: Italian Detox Implementation Consortium (C.I.D) is born.  October 26th 2016 

The Detox enterprise of Prato Textile District – started one year ago thanks to Confindustria Toscana North – crosses today its local borders by the construction of Italian Detox Implementation Consortium . The purpose: encouraging a sustainable and innovative textile production model on a national and international level. This venture will be presented today at 12 p.m. in a press conference in Lazzerini Library in Prato.

The main purposes of CID, to whom have already joined twenty-three companies from Prato and Berto’s dry cleaner from Padova – previously Detox commitment signers – are research promotion, technical and operational support to associated companies, so that everyone will be able to respect Detox standards, and the encouragement of instruments of knowledge and technological innovation in productive processes.

«When our venture for a competitive and sustainable textile industry moved its first steps here in Prato, we couldn’t imagine that 27 companies would be willing to change completely their production method» says Confindustria Toscana North president Andrea Cavicchi, «today we choose to bring this venture on a national level making an association, because we believe that a quality textile production with no risk for the environment has to be a national aim».

The Association will also take advantage of a Technical-Scientific Committee, where there’s also the costless and independent presence of Greenpeace, that launched the Detox challenge to the textile industry against the use of hazardous chemicals in the supply chain in 2011 and that today finds one more partner in the Association, to reach the ambitious goal of a “toxic-free” textile industry by 2020.

During the press conference, will also be presented the results of a study, made by the testing laboratory BuzziLab and by CID, concerning chemical analysis of 228 dyestuffs, which represent the 90% of colorants used by the textile supply chains all over the world. This study summarise the level of contaminations of dyestuffs by chemical analysis of four of the eleven groups of hazardous chemical substances present Greenpeace’s Detox MRSL: Aromatic amines derived from azodyes, Ethoxylated Alkylphenols (APEOS), Phthalates, Chlorophenols. The results, deeply examined today, point out that in 70% of analyzed colorants the concentration of hazardous chemicals goes beyond Detox limits; whereas only a “insignificant” percentage of them (0,8%) wouldn’t be compliance with the ZDHC (Zero Discharge Hazardous Chemicals) MRSL limits «The research we’re presenting today identifies contamination’s hidden sources in colorants substances and enables to choose products according to Detox standards. An excellent work that confirms the seriousness of Prato companies about the committment» is comments Giuseppe Ungherese, project manager of pollution campaign for Greenpeace Italy.

After the press conference in Textile Museum of Prato there will be the round table discussion “How the italian fashion chain is facing the sustainability challenge” featuring Andrea Crespi (Sistema Moda Italia), Renato Lambiente (Miroglio Fashion Srl) and Alberto Gallina (Benetton Group).

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Members Italian Detox Implementation Consortium and Greenpeace press release

Members of Italian Detox Implementation Consortium and Greenpeace