Management of restricted substances in the apparel supply chain
Abstract: The supply chain of a consumer product, such as a garment, is often very long and complicated with various subcontractors spread out geographically in a borderless manufacturing environment. For a typical garment, these subcontractors could include farmers, traders, spinners, weavers, dye mills, printers, accessories producers, chemical manufacturers and garment factories. To get the right information through to all involved people is probably the biggest challenge in getting compliant products. In the first part, the chapter explains the purpose and importance of the list of restricted substances in the apparel industry, and the education of the supply chain. The chapter then discusses the role of the laboratory and the implementation procedure of a RSL program in the supply chain.