SCTI to develop globally harmonized ‘sustainability standard’ for textile chemical products


7 of the world’s foremost chemical companies have launched Sustainable Chemistry for the Textile Industry (SCTI).

SCTI is an alliance of chemical companies that strives to empower the textile and leather industries to apply sustainable, state-of-the-art chemistry solutions that protect factory workers, local communities, consumers and the environment.

With a commitment to collaboration, innovation, and transformational change, the new alliance aims to lead the textile and leather industries towards a more sustainable future.

All of the founding members of SCTI, Archroma, CHT group, Huntsman, Kyung-In Synthetic Corporation (KISCO), Pulcra Chemicals, Rudolf group, and Tanatex Chemicals, have made substantial investments in sustainable solutions in recent years. They are now committing to investing and working together to further advance chemistry knowledge and its safe and sustainable application in the textile and leather industries, according to SCTI.

Specifically, SCTI will support brands, retailers and manufacturers of all sizes at every stage in their sustainability journey to achieve the highest levels of sustainability, by sharing members’ knowledge of chemistry and its application, and by providing training and tools to ensure stakeholders can adopt technologies and optimise processes. SCTI is also developing a global harmonised sustainability standard for chemical products used in the industry, along with a supporting assessment tool that covers all aspects of the products, from hazards through to environmental, ecological and social impacts.

The ultimate aim for SCTI is to help the industry produce more sustainable textile and leather end products for consumers through cleaner and more transparent supply chains that use less water and energy and produce less emissions and pollution.

“As the global textile and leather industries strive to become more sustainable, chemistry solutions have a defining role to play. Sustainable chemistry enables brands, retailers and manufacturers to better protect the well-being of factory workers, local communities, the environment and, ultimately, consumers. But while meaningful improvements are possible, no one company can achieve the shift to sustainability on its own. This is the impetus for SCTI,” Rohit Aggarwal, SCTI chairman and president of Huntsman Textile Effects said.