You probably don’t have to re-invent the wheel. Use the work of others.

Start by making sure you know what information you already have within your organisation. Identify the materials used in your products (e.g. cotton, wool, polyester) as well as the desired functions (e.g. water repellence, fire resistance, printing). Identify which types of chemicals used to obtain the aesthetic expression and the functions needed (e.g. colour, crease resistance, softness, water repellency, flame retardency).

Relevant information can be found in specifications, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), contracts or orders, or may be known by those responsible for the preparation of such documents.

Next step is to contact your trade association. They may be able to provide information about the latest chemical news, advice on where to find additional information and which substances to avoid or restrict in your specific products.

Further below you can find useful links to additional sources of information.

Regional/International industry associations

European Apparel and Textile Confederation

International Association of Natural Textile Industry

International Apparel Federation

International Textile Manufacturers Federation

International Wool Textile Organisation

African Cotton & Textile Industries Federation

US National Council of Textile Production

The International Textile and Apparel Association

Industrial Fabrics Association International

Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council of India

Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council of India

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