CHARLOTTESVILLE (USA); MUMBAI (INDIA) (November 17, 2020) Global chemicals management software provider, Scivera, and international analytical chemistry lab, NimkarTek Technical Services Pvt Ltd., today announced the successful results of their Safer Commodity Screening program pilot, featuring a pioneering methodology for screening, scoring, and tracking commodity chemicals in the global apparel supply chain. Launched in January of this year at pilot scale with Levi Strauss & Co. as a partner brand, Scivera and Nimkartek are now reporting on results of the initial round of apparel facility engagement.
As known at the outset of the project, commodity chemicals are produced in bulk for industrial use and account for 80 percent of process chemicals by volume used in the apparel supply chain. These chemicals include sodium chloride (salt), acetic acid, sodium hydroxide, and citric acid, among others. Commodity chemicals are used at every step of wet processing, including bleaching, dyeing, and finishing. After use, commodity chemicals are discharged directly into wastewater.
A preliminary 2018 study of textile processing commodity chemical inputs by LS&Co and NimkarTek indicated that these contaminants in these chemicals could be a significant contributor to unwanted and hazardous chemicals occurring in textile chemical wastewater worldwide. This initial data, and the early identified need for an established platform like SciveraLENS to enable scale-up and consistent tracking of the ensuing dataset, prompted the formation of the Scivera-NimkarTek collaboration.
During the 2019 and early 2020 pilot, Scivera and Nimkartek registered, processed, tracked, scored, and reported on over 330 commodity chemical samples from over 55 different textile and apparel manufacturing facilities. The samples represented 36 different commodity chemicals with Sodium Carbonate and Sodium Hydroxide being the most frequent and Formic Acid and Sodium Sulfide among the least frequent. The results of these evaluations have been summarized in the chart below.
In their work with leading apparel and footwear brands, Scivera and NimkarTek support these companies and their diverse supplier networks on chemical management and sustainable chemistry programs. Safer Commodity Screening consists of NimkarTek’s IN-SCREEN process and Scivera’s cloud-based software platform, SciveraLENS®.
IN-SCREEN is a cost-effective, qualitative, analytical screening program for testing the full range of commodity chemicals used in the textile, footwear, and apparel industries. It provides quick and reliable review of commodity chemical samples, thereby offering an unprecedented ability to identify substances restricted for use by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme or impurities that may originate from other industries.
“The data indicate that common contaminants of these chemicals are heavy metals, phthalates, and halogenated solvents,” revealed NimkarTek CMD, Ullhas Nimkar.
Scivera’s President, Joe Rinkevich, added, “Being able to view the meta-data for even this modest sample size we have to date is starting to show connections between specific commodity chemicals, their contaminants, which ones pass more often than others, and some early clues to why some fail.”
Commodity screening enables brands and suppliers to identify the best, safest alternatives for bulk chemistries and prevent potential hazards from entering their supply chains.
Scivera configured their SciveraLENS platform to create SciveraLENS Safer Commodities [safercommodities.scivera.com] to provide brands and manufacturing facilities with a low-cost, scalable method to register, track, score, and compare commodity chemical screening results.
Scivera’s flagship software product, SciveraLENS Rapid Screen, has been used for years by LS&Co. and other brands and their specialty chemical suppliers to support the scale-up of the Screened Chemistry program for textile auxiliary and dye formulations. SciveraLENS Rapid Screen also enables efficient exploration of safer alternative chemicals and reduces the cost of chemical management business processes for brands and suppliers in diverse consumer product categories including electronics, toys, cosmetics, and household items.
Now, Safer Commodity Screening will go to scale and become available for any brand, user of commodity chemicals, or commodity chemical trader/supplier to join the Safer Commodity Screening Program. Companies can subscribe to SciveraLENS Safer Commodities Platform, view the dataset of results and trends, and manage the Safer Commodities progress. The Program enables the efficient screening, scoring, and tracking of this critical part of textile chemical throughput at dyehouses, mills, and laundries. The innovative combination of SciveraLENS Safer Commodities and IN-SCREEN makes commodity chemical management and improvement accessible to all participants in the apparel and footwear supply chain.
Factories and traders can consult scores and trends to make informed commodity chemical purchasing and use decisions ⎼ and to phase out use of poorly performing commodities. This much needed transparency will make a significant contribution toward safer, more transparent, more sustainable chemical supply chains.
Following the initial work with LS&Co., NimkarTek and Scivera are supporting the expansion of the program to several other brands in 2020 and 2021.
For more information about the program, please visit https://www.scivera.com/certifications/safercommodities/
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