A Guide to Chemical Compliance

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BFC Positive Fashion Committee
Most fashion designers know that chemicals are a necessary part of the textile production process but must be used with caution in order to meet compliance standards for health and environmental safety.

Natural fibres, for example, cotton may be exposed to pesticides, detergents, sizes, lubricants, bleaches, strong alkalis, acids, dyes, levelling agents, fixing agents, resins and softeners and so on. Synthetic fibres such as polyester, polyamide and acrylics, regenerated cellulose fibres such as viscose, Lyocell and acetates, and protein fibres such as wool, cashmere and silk are also subjected to chemical processes of various intensity.

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