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EU Initiative to create awareness on hazardous chemicals in textiles

Life AskReach-an initiative funded by the European Union’s LIFE Programme aims to collaborate with companies to create awareness amongst consumers about the presence of potentially hazardous chemicals in the textile supply chain.

The project, set to run until August 2022, involves 20 partner organisations including governmental institutions, research institutes and NGOs from across Europe. It will mainly focus on raising consumer awareness on SVHC (substances of very high concern) in garments, training them to make more informed purchasing choices; increasing awareness about their obligation to comply with REACH criteria; improving the flow of information relating to SVHC lists between consumers and suppliers; and improving supply chain communication processes that ultimately aim to substitute SVHC in articles.

One of the outcomes of the project will be a database which can be populated with relevant information on SVHC in product portfolios. The resource will subsequently be connected to a smartphone app which consumers can access in order to more easily obtain information on SVHC in garments.