Context and description
The ennobling stage gives new properties to the product thanks to processes such as dyeing, finishing, printing or coating.
To transform the appearance and the properties of the textile, this stage calls on numerous chemical products and can consume a large quantity of water. It can also impact on the health of personnel involved in manufacturing. As an example, the bleaching process via the sanding technique is banned by numerous brands as it is harmful to the health of workers assigned to this task - it provokes silicosis, an uncurable and deadly disease.
Furthermore, the Detox campaign initiated by Greenpeace in 2011 and relayed by the ZDHC initiative has committed brands to greater transparency and the drastic reduction in toxic chemical product discharges in their production and supply chain.
Today new, more respectful production processes for man and the environment are being developed and should be preferred by brands in order to reduce their environmental footprints.