Wednesday, March 19, 2014

AAFA Releases Updated Chemical Management Tool

The Voluntary Product Environmental Profile ("VPEP") is a supplier disclosure form that allows suppliers and buyers to easily exchange vital information on the chemical makeup of products and the environmental impact of apparel and textile products and processes. Developed by a group comprising of dyestuff and chemical suppliers, apparel and textile manufacturers, and professional staff of academic institutions and trade associations representing the chemical, dyestuff, and apparel and textile industries, VPEP can be used by apparel and textile companies and chemical suppliers to facilitate the efficient exchange of information necessary to make decisions regarding the environmental impact of textile products and processes.

VPEP was originally released to the public several years ago by the National Textile Association (which since then has merged with the National Council of Textile Organizations). The American Apparel and Footwear Association ("AAFA") has adopted the project and updated the form in 2013. White the use of VPEP is completely voluntary, it is preferred and has been widely implemented by many major companies in the chemical and textile industries. For more information, or for a free downloadable VPEP form, go to the AAFA website.

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