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Webinar: Removing Dangerous Chemicals from the Supply Chain

Join this webinar and hear how sustainability solutions can help detox your supply chain.
Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


Apparel and footwear companies are under immense pressure to minimize their effects on the environment and to improve the sustainability of their supply chain. Organizations and consumers are demanding increased transparency about where and how products are manufactured, and what ingredients they contain.

Industry programs and organizational stewardship provide companies with guidelines and support the implementation of sustainable chemical management practices. AAFA’s Restricted Substances List provides companies with information related to international regulations and laws that restrict/ban certain chemicals and substances, and the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) program is a global cooperation of more than 50 companies that are jointly looking for safe, sustainable chemical management solutions with the goal of complete removal of dangerous chemicals from the textile supply chain. This webinar will discuss the ZDHC program, AAFA’s Restricted Substances List, steps to detox a supply chain, and how to minimize harmful effects to the environment.

Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • The Negative Effects of Poor Chemical Management Practices.
  • The ZDHC Road-map: A Comprehensive Approach to Sustainability.
  • The Steps to Detox a Supply Chain.



Elisa Gavazza
Global Lead for Chemical Management

With over 13 years of regulatory and quality assurance experience, Elisa leads the UL EU team responsible for the procedures and testing protocols for product safety requirements, providing companies updated information to help ensure compliance with the evolving legislations of consumer products. Elisa follows new legislations and standards development at European and National levels, and supports clients with technical issues to help expand their business. As Global Lead for Chemical Management of UL CRS, she is experienced in chemical requirements related to textiles and apparel (REACH, CLP, DETOX Greenpeace Campaign), jewellery and general merchandise.

Scott Echols
Technical Director
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Programme (ZDHC)

Scott Echols is an expert in sustainable materials and processes for the apparel and footwear industries. He has B.S and M.S. Degrees in chemistry and is working towards an MS degree in Textile Chemistry.  He has over 30 years of experience that has ranged from environmental chemistry to textile and footwear product chemistry. He is currently an independent consultant and is the Technical Director for the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Programme (ZDHC). Previously, he was part of the Nike Materials Science Innovation group and was the Environmental Manager for C&A Europe. Scott currently serves on the steering committee for the Outdoor Industry Association Chemicals Management Working Group (OIA CMWG) and is on the North Carolina State Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science (TECS) Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). He is based in Portland, Oregon, USA.


Nate Herman
Senior Vice President, Supply Chain 

Nate Herman oversees AAFA’s government relations department, managing the association’s lobbying, policy, and regulatory affairs activities. Nate leads AAFA’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, formulating and implementing CSR policy and representing AAFA and the industry on CSR issues before governments, NGOs, and other key stakeholders. Nate also leads the association’s work on sustainability, transportation, logistics, and customs issues. In addition, Nate develops all apparel and footwear industry data and statistics as AAFA's resident economist. Prior to joining AAFA, Nate worked for six years at the U.S. Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration assisting U.S. firms in entering the global market. Nate spent the last two years as the Department's industry analyst for the footwear and travel goods industries. Nate received a Masters of Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994 and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Economics from the University of Delaware in 1992.

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9/6/2018 2:00 PM - 9/6/2018 3:00 PM