In 2014 we initiated a program for safer use of chemicals in the textile production and also joined the Greenpeace Detox Campaign.
With our Detox Program, we are dedicated to implement transparency in the textile supply chain, promote the use of non-hazardous chemicals in textiles production and significantly reduce the release of hazardous substances into the water.
Through training events and information material, we support our suppliers to more easily detect and monitor the chemicals used and subsequently substitute the hazardous chemicals. Continuous water and product tests ensure that the implemented measures are effective.
An introduction to our Detox Program you can find in our information brochure.
In our annual status reports you can find an overview of our Detox related activities and projects:
Chemical usage and its consequences
Why are chemicals used during textile production and what are the consequences?
The use of harmful substances and chemicals in the production of textiles is attracting more attention from consumers. Although these chemicals cannot be detected in the final product, they often have a damaging impact on the environment in producing countries.
At different points in the textile production chain, the use of chemicals is necessary. Chemicals are used to bleach raw cotton and in dyeing or printing processes. To make materials water resistant or more durable, they are treated with chemicals.
Today, hazardous chemicals are often used in these processes. They are harmful to the workers who are exposed to these chemicals and often not provided with personal protective equipment. Chemicals leak into rivers and groundwater through mostly untreated wastewater. The consequences for the environment and also for the quality of the drinking water are dire.
Supplier support during the substitution process
Our suppliers and the wet process factories are our most important partners on the path toward the safer production of textiles. We developed a number of information documents to support our suppliers in the process of substitution, which you can find here.
The REWE Group supports responsible handling of resources and sustainable consumption. For us, that means keeping an eye on the complete life cycle of our textiles and supporting closed loop systems. A description of our closed loop approach and an overview on the realized and planned measures can be found here.