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Global Sustainability Initiatives: Hazardous chemicals and the impact of the Greenpeace Detox campaign on the textile dyeing and printing supply chain

Date: September 24, 2014 6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: Mercure Norton Grange Hotel and Spa, Manchester Road, Castleton, OL11 2XZ

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  • You are warmly invited to attend this SDC North of England Region’s lecture.  It will take place at the Mercure Norton Grange Hotel.  The hotel is less than a mile from the M62 and just 8 miles from central Manchester.

    Free to attend! The event starts with a buffet from 6.15pm, with presentations commencing at 7.00pm.

    The textile industry is on the cusp of dramatic change. It is facing increasing pressure from NGOs as well as tighter regulation and rising costs. Developments arising from the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) Joint Roadmap present a challenge as well as an opportunity. For some, dyehouses are obvious and very visual examples of poor practice within the textile supply chain. Discoloured effluent and water courses, unpleasant smells and the perceived use of dangerous chemicals are just some of the problems associated with poorly run dyehouses. However, for many retailers, dyehouses are part of the supply network that is sufficiently far away from their business for them to be to be considered someone else’s problem. And for those responsible retailers who want to minimise the impact of their supply network the coloration and finishing industry is complicated and difficult to influence.

    These challenges are complex and urgent. And we are facing them at a time when textile mills’ operating costs are rising rapidly, along with consumer expectations for quality and sustainability within a cleaner supply chain.

    Dr Mark Sumner, formerly of M&S, now Lecturer in Sustainable Design, University of Leeds, School of Design, will outline the retailers’ perspective of the dyeing and printing industry and discuss the origins of the ZDHC Group.

    During this presentation the perspectives of different retailers towards the dyeing and finishing industry will be explored, highlighting the complexity of the supply chain as well as the impact of accountability being forced on the retail community for actions taking place in dyehouses, printers, finishing units and even chemical manufacturers around the world. The Greenpeace ‘detox’ campaign will be used to explore these issues as well as looking at how the ZDHC response to the campaign developed. The wider sustainability issues beyond ‘detox’ will be discussed and a vision of the future will be proposed.

    John Murphy, Huntsman Textile Effects, will then follow with the Chemical Manufacturer’s perspective and what it actually means in practice for dyehouses and mills.

    This presentation will show how the chemical industry, with expert advice and innovative products and processes, can help partners reduce their environmental impact and remain economically viable. It will illustrate how it also helps mills support the world’s top brands and retailers in meeting their environmental commitments by aligning chemical suppliers recommendations with the industry’s most exacting standards and how we actively support industry collaborations such as the ZDHC Group.

    For more information about the speakers, go to the Speakers tab.

    This event is free to attend and there will be a buffet available from 6.15pm therefore booking is essential. Please confirm your attendance to John Wyles, email:





  • John Murphy works for Huntsman Textile Effects responsible for the Global Technical Network and providing support from Huntsman to the ZDHC group. Until recently he was the Technical Resource Director Europe. He has extensive practical experience within the chemical sector gained through a background of sales management and leading technical service teams within Textile Effects.

    Huntsman Textile Effects is the leading global provider of high quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries. Research, innovation and sustainability are at the heart of what we do. We use cutting edge technology to develop solutions and create innovative products with intelligent effects such as built-in freshness, sun protection or state-of-the-art dyes which reduce water and energy consumption. All these go toward meeting the needs of our customers in supporting a more sustainable environment.

    With operations in 110 countries including eight primary manufacturing facilities in seven countries (China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand, Switzerland) and 15 Formulation Distribution Centers spread across the various regions, Huntsman Textile Effects is uniquely positioned to provide fast and expert technical service wherever our customers are based.

    John is based in Macclesfield, England and is a Silver Medalist and a Fellow of the Society of Dyers and Colourists .

    Mark Sumner has recently joined the University of Leeds as a Lecturer on Sustainability in Fashion and Retail. During his short time at the University he is establishing his research areas with specific focus on sustainability in supply chains, consumer’s and their attitudes to sustainability and the circular economy for textiles and clothing. In addition to his research Mark is developing teaching modules on sustainability and textiles for the undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as managing the ‘Year in Industry’ module, where over 100 undergraduate students complete internships at over 120 companies across West Yorkshire, the UK, Europe and further afield.

    Prior to joining the University of Leeds, Mark completed an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Textile Engineering, during which he developed a new process for colour application to wool and cotton yarns. The EngD research lead to the development of a dye application process for yarns using ultra low liquor levels which had the potential to reduce costs for short run dye lots and reduce environmental impacts. On completion of his EngD, Mark began his career with Marks & Spencer. For the first 10 years of his time at Marks & Spencer he was a Product Technologist responsible for product development, supply chain management, costing analysis and quality management. Mark then became the Sustainable Raw Material Specialist where he developed and delivered key aspects of the retailer’s sustainability strategy, Plan A. During his 6 years in this post he was responsible for many of the projects that the retailer delivered within the clothing and homeware division; these included management of the retailer’s sustainable cotton project, creation of eco-dyehouses in Turkey and China, development of the supply chain traceability project and the project management of the innovative ‘Iconic Products’ series. Before leaving Marks & Spencer, Mark created the retailers first closed loop cashmere & wool coat, the sustainable suit and the ground breaking Shwopped coat.



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