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Driving Focused Impacts with the Chemicals Management Community of Practice

June 17, 2019, 3:00 pm
The Studio Loft, Kevin Taylor, 908 14th St Denver, CO 80202

Stemming from almost ten years of industry collaboration, the Chemicals Management Community of Practice (CMCoP) began as OIA’s first sustainability working group focused on driving best practices. While the players, the landscape and the issues in chemicals management have slowly evolved, knowing the chemistry in your materials, products and supply chain remains paramount. Join this session to workshop with your peers two issues with big impacts for the outdoor industry – Durable Water Repellents (DWR) and Solvents – and learn what key areas OIA will be focused on driving impact reduction this coming year. 

 

Part I (15 minutes): What is the CMCoP and what’s it driving in 2019?   

Part II (60 minutes): How can I participate and what tools can I use to drive impact? (Breakout)  

  • DWR track: While you may know how critical this chemical finish is for water repellency (and sometimes also oil repellency and stain resistance), do you know what type is on your products, where it’s being applied and the performance requirements you’re spec’ing? There are many questions to ask, resources to reference and alternatives to consider but gathering the right information to support your informed decisions should come first and foremost. We’ll practice this process with a new guide – the DWR Summary Brief – designed to support your actions, and we’ll discuss your questions, feedback and opportunities to help us improve this resource over time.  
  • Solvents track: This varied group of chemical substances or mixtures play an important role for manufacturing – specifically in production, finishing treatments, coatings, adhesives, printing and other processes like surface prep/cleaning. They’re a necessary ingredient in our supply chain, yet require proper management and precaution to prevent exposure and unnecessary harm. So where are they found within the outdoor industry supply chain and how should brands take steps to mitigate their impacts? We’ll discuss these questions together, using a new draft Solvent Management Priority Issues Brief, and explore opportunities for potential collaborative supply chain projects.   

Part III (15 minutes): What’s coming next?  

The CMCoP Steering Committee has identified key chemicals management indicators from the Higg Index Facility Environmental Module (FEM) that are crucial for driving impact reduction for the outdoor industry. Learn what they chose, why you should be tracking them and how you can prepare until the FEM tool opens in November.   

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