The Amsterdam-based ZDHC Foundation (ZDHC) became part of The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) as a research member to help develop science-based solutions for the textile industry to minimize fiber fragmentation and release to the environment during textile manufacturing and the product life cycle. The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) is part of the European Outdoor Group (EOG) initiatives.

ZDHC and TMC will work together to address industry needs and improve the understanding of microfibers released in wastewater from manufacturing and textile finishing facilities. The two organizations will release a white paper to improve understanding of the issue before the launch of the ZDHC guidelines update. The guidelines, scheduled for release in November, will address microfibers and include testing methods and limits for which industry will be responsible.

ZDHC will engage all of its stakeholders, including brands, manufacturers, textile and leather processing companies, in the guideline update to increase understanding and urgency of the issue while providing support through its platforms and solutions.

Following the formation and management of The Outdoor Microfibre Consortium by the European Outdoor Group in 2017, The Microfibre Consortium (TMC) was established as a standalone organization in November 2018 to reflect the importance of the topic and expand the consortium’s membership. TMC promotes the collaborative development of practical solutions for the textile industry to minimize the release of microfibers.

For the full list of TMC members, visit the TMC website.