SwitchMed implements pilot projects for safer chemical management practices in textile production

April 26, 2021
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Early March, two textile companies from Morocco and two from Tunisia were selected to participate in pilot demonstrations for the second phase of the SwitchMed/MED TEST III project in order to achieve Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) compliance within their production facilities.

The first phase of the MED TEST III project in Morocco and Tunisia has already given 88 staff members from 19 small and large textile producers training on managing chemicals according to the ZDHC protocol and acquiring 171 certifications.

By the end of the pilots, in 2022, the participating companies will have developed their roadmaps for ZDHC compliance. Meeting ZDHC criteria will help businesses meet environmental requirements and sustainable production criteria from international retailers and brands, increasingly attentive to sustainable and environmentally conscious suppliers.

The SwitchMed sustainable consumption and production programme aims to promote a switch by the Mediterranean economies towards sustainable consumption and production patterns and green economy, including low-emission development, through demonstration and dissemination of methods that improve resource and energy efficiency. It also seeks to minimise the environmental impacts associated with the life cycle of products and services and, where possible, to promote renewable energy.


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Countries covered:

  • Morocco
  • Tunisia