ZDHC releases updated MMCF guidelines to promote sustainable fibers

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2023-01-06 09:26:40 – Netherlands

ZDHC Releases Updates to the ZDHC Man-Made Cellulosic Fibres Guidelines Version 2.0, and its Supporting Document.

ZDHC has announced the release of updated ZDHC Man-Made Cellulosic Fibres (MMCF) Guidelines Version 2.0 and its supporting document. By making these documents public, they continue to encourage the textile sector to produce fiber in increasingly inventive and sustainable ways. The Responsible Fibre Production Guidelines, Wastewater Guidelines, and Air Emissions Guidelines are now included as three independent chapters in the ZDHC MMCF Guidelines V2.0, which is important to highlight.

Since the first ZDHC MMCF Guidelines were published in 2020 and we expanded the scope of our work to cover the production of fiber, brands, and MMCF manufacturing facilities have been able to adopt a consistent approach to emissions management. This covers both by-products produced during the production process and the recovery of sulfide compounds used as inputs. 

Zheng Luo, Lenzing Group, said that Lenzing Group actively contributed to the writing and updating of the ZDHC MMCF Guidelines V2.0 as part of the ZDHC Foundation's Roadmap to Zero Program. The entire procedure was fact-based, open, and serves as a model for supply chain and sector cooperation. The updated ZDHC MMCF Guidelines V2.0's more challenging goals demonstrate the MMCF Suppliers' unwavering dedication toward improving the environmental performance of the industry at large.

In the textile and fashion value chain, fibers play a vital role in production processes, making it essential to minimize the environmental impact of their creation. Our recommendations provide vendors making MMCF with uniform standards for gauging output parameters like wastewater, sludge, air pollutants, and other factors pertaining to the process.

C. K. Dutta, BIRLA CELLULOSE, said that this is another accomplishment for ZDHC. The release of the ZDHC MMCF Guidelines V2.0 will aid in the systematic pursuit of environmental stewardship and sustainable development pathways. They are happy to have been a part of this Task Team because it allowed them to collaborate with stakeholders from many industries to develop a universally recognized standard for the sector.

The update includes a number of modifications, including an expansion of ZDHC's scope to include Cellulose Acetate, Lyocell, Cuprammonium Rayon (Cupro), and Viscose Filament Yarn (Acetate). A coordinated method for included fibers, comprising defined chemical recovery, wastewater and sludge discharge, and air emission discharge, is provided by the ZDHC Man-Made Cellulosic Fibres (MMCF) Guidelines V2.0.

ZDHC continues to promote the development of procedures that reduce emissions while also aiming to recover byproducts and input materials. According to the statement, these two objectives—reduction and recovery—directly address the detrimental effects of outputs resulting from MMCF manufacture.

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