Transparent approach to chemical testing and chemical management for the textile and fashion industry
LITTLETON, Ma., March 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — TÜV Rheinland, a global leader in independent technical services, announced its partnership with digital chemical management platform, The BHive. This strategic partnership between the two entities will provide a seamless approach to chemical testing and management to the textile and fashion industry. To achieve this goal, the partners will offer a holistic portfolio of services to new and existing customers of TÜV Rheinland and The BHive, covering the entire chemical management process, from input and process to output.
Growing pressure on textile manufacturers
Today’s consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental impact associated with the manufacturing process of consumer products. With the demand for safer, cleaner and more sustainable chemical management in the fashion and textile industry, manufacturers are under increasing pressure from brands and retailers to not only increase chemical transparency , but also demonstrate good control of the chemicals used throughout the production process.
This new strategic partnership combines TÜV Rheinland’s global expertise in testing, auditing and training with The BHive® innovative chemical management platform – a ZDHC approved solution provider for the Performance InCheck report. TÜV Rheinland is an accepted service provider for ZDHC MRSL Level 1-3 certification and is approved by ZDHC for wastewater testing at one of their many global facilities. In addition, they are also an approved auditor for the environmental module of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (FEM) Higg facility and an approved trainer under the ZDHC Academy.
Through the partnership with The BHive®, TÜV Rheinland can provide fashion and textile manufacturers with a seamless approach to the entire chemical management process, offering solutions and all necessary compliance services from a single source. Manufacturers can leverage this partnership not only to ensure chemical compliance, but also to communicate their use of sustainable chemistry to the textile and fashion industry. This in turn can enhance brand image while demonstrating their contribution to a more sustainable circular textile economy.
Promoting supply chain transparency in industry
Lars Doemer, Managing Director of GoBlu International Ltd., the company behind The BHive, said: “We believe this strategic partnership with TÜV Rheinland is a critical step towards our shared goal of accelerating the elimination of products hazardous chemicals from textile production. Additionally, we aim to promote overall supply chain transparency in the industry. As one of the world’s leading testing service providers, we see TÜV Rheinland as a strong partner on this journey to improved chemical management.
Mohammed Dkhissi, Global Field Manager Softlines at TÜV Rheinland, said: “The BHive offers a smart and innovative solution to the otherwise complex chemical management process. By partnering with The BHive, we are expanding our portfolio of sustainability services. We are proud to now announce our shared goal to provide a transparent approach to sustainable chemical management, which will help promote the use of safer chemical alternatives in textile production and provide increased chain visibility. of chemical supply to our customers in the fashion industry. »
Learn more about the partnership here.
About TÜV Rheinland
TÜV Rheinland stands for safety and quality in virtually all areas of business and life. Founded 150 years ago, the company is one of the world’s leading testing service providers with over 20,000 employees and annual revenue of approximately 2 billion euros. TÜV Rheinland’s highly qualified experts test technical systems and products around the world, support technological and business innovations, train people in many professions and certify management systems according to international standards. In doing so, independent experts generate trust in products as well as in processes across global value chains and the flow of raw materials. Since 2006, TÜV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and fight corruption.
About the BHive
The BHive is a smart digital chemical management platform developed by sustainability accelerator GoBlu International Ltd. for the textile and fashion industry. The BHive mobile app allows manufacturing facilities to take photos of chemical labels on their smartphone and identify in seconds which products meet the sustainability requirements of many brands and retailers. Once uploaded to the desktop platform, the system automatically generates a complete and accurate chemical inventory. Additionally, the user is allowed to create the ZDHC Performance InCheck report through the platform.
Facilities can then see which chemicals they need to dispose of, all at a glance. They can also share this information with their brands and retail customers, giving them a complete overview of the chemicals used in their global supply chain. In this way, The BHive enables radical transparency and promotes the use of more sustainable chemicals.
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