Benetton Group zero discharge detox commitment
– Substitution case studies.
Benetton Group’s commitment for the respect of the environment and for consumers’ safety is enacted also through the participation in the global effort to achieve zero discharges of potentially hazardous chemicals in the supply chain. As part of this commitment, the company develops case studies for the substitution of hazardous chemicals with sustainable chemistry in the textile sector.
A biodegradable, protein-based biopolymer to replace acrylic resins and their additives in textile printing
This case study describes an alternative to acrylic resins used in textile printing. The use of acrylic resins is problematic since these are sensitizers and also since they require the use of additional additives that may also be problematic, such as alkylphenols, phthalates and organotins. Grafco Srl has developed an alternative polymer based on milk-protein that could replace the acrylic resins along with the required additives.
– APEOs investigation report.
Within its commitment to zero discharges, Benetton Group is engaged to completely eliminate Alkyphenol ethoxylates (APEOs) from all its products and processes.
Benetton Group has carried out an intensive testing program to screen the supply chain and to identify materials, products categories, suppliers, processes and geographical areas of higher concern. Moreover, chemical intensive manufacturing units/suppliers are audited by independent external experts, aiming at highlighting and handling existing or potential risks of APEOs contamination.
This investigation report focuses on the key findings of a three-month benchmark on materials, treatments and prints.