All products ( textile and non-textile) that are imported or traded in Europe traded must comply to European Legislation on Environmental and Chemical compliance. Textiles are tested based on the European REACH system (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals). REACH encompasses registered chemicals that up to a specific level (limit) are not allowed to be found in a final product that is put on the market. Textile products such as garments need to be tested at all times by international accredited testing labs to check if they comply with REACH before being traded on the market. Netraco is diligent in this procedure.
Material testing (Leather and Textile)
Brands or retailers can request a factory to test on chemical compliance before a product goes into production, mainly to detect any chemical non compliances with the fabric before the start of a production of large quantities especially. When the factory receives the fabric, a piece of the material is cut out and sent to the testing lab together with the applicable RSL. On the same piece of fabric, tests can be applied for water repellence or other quality requirements.
When the material is leather we advise a Chrome VI aging test on a piece of the hide. The Chrome VI aging test can be done at a testing lab. Some factories or leather tanneries have the ability to apply the test themselves. When hides come from big tanneries then results of an aging test can be requested from the tannery. When chemical testing of Chrome is applied on the end product and the levels of Chrome VI are too high this can cause serious problems. Products that contain levels of Chrome VI will not be marketed.
Water & Sludge testing (MRSL)
A hot topic that is becoming increasingly relevant is water & sludge testing at wet processing facilities. Tanneries, dye houses, laundries are a few examples of wet processing factories. RMG’s with several different wet process or that are completely vertical are also considered as wet processing factories. To conduct water & sludge testing a testing company will take samples of the water and sludge being discharged from the factory. The samples are tested on hazardous chemicals. The list of chemicals and limits that is used for conducting the water and sludge testing is called a MRSL, Manufacturing Restricted Substances List. Most brands make use of a RSL and a MRSL. Netraco takes into account each brands requirements.
When Netraco receives an order, we will start a selection process to match the requirements with the customer’s needs. In regards to Corporate Responsibility this means that a social compliance check is requested from the factory before the order process starts. When a factory is chosen for the production of an order we advise the factory to go through the compliance information in detail with Netraco CR to make sure all requirements are clear. Corporate Responsibility is a continuous process for both factories and brands, and only by working together can we strive for maximum compliance.
Netraco has direct and regular contact with the supplier partners. We aim for constructive dialogue with the factory teams and assist our supplier partner in reaching the required social and environmental standards. Netraco also makes sure that it pays attention to its own business conduct in relation to its production, creating a holistic approach towards social and environmental compliance.