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Footwear and leather test introduced
EU’s new rules for footwear eco-label(2009/563/EC)
    European Commission resolution No. 2009/563/EC issued on July 28, 2009 establishes new rules for EU’s footwear eco-label, and 2002/231/EC currently in force will become invalid on March 31st, 2010. These revised new rules emphasize that the covered footwear includes the fixed external sole touching the ground and the apparel for protecting or covering feet.
    THE new regulations aims at controlling the use of VOC and toxic residues, and also spreading to a wider range. For instance, suppliers need to make sure there is no hexavalent chromium in foodwear/leather products, by submitting EN ISO 17075 testing reports to prove it. Meanwhile, suppliers need to submit testing reports proving there is no arsenic cadmium and lead in products. Meanwhile, in footwear and textile components, the free formaldehyde must be as small as non-detectable, and shoe letter parts are no more than 150ppm.
    For the usage of hazardous substances, the resolution banned the use of pentachlorophenol (PCP) and tetrachloro-phenol, aromatic amines and other 22 kinds of azo dyes in the list. In addition, the content of nitrosamines in the rubber must be small to non-detectable.
    In addition, the resolution also contains provisions of the final product packaging. Cardboard boxes should use 100% recycled materials, plastic bags must contain at least 75% of recycle materials, or to be biodegradable or corruptible material. In addition, suppliers must also provide ways to protect the environment and how to get more information about the EU eco-labels.
 

    Indicators

    Resolution 2002/231/EC

    Resolution 2009/563/EC

    Hexavalent chromium in finished products

    10ppm

    Not allowed to be contained(detection limit 3ppm)

    Formaldehyde in textiles

    75ppm

    Not allowed to be contained(detection limit 20ppm)

    Large leather water consumption

    No limitations

    35 m3/t

    Small leather water consumption

    No limitations

    55 m3/t

    Leather and textile wastewater COD

    Separate treatment or centralized urban sewage treatment results in reducing by 85%

    Less than 250mg/L in the case of direct discharge,satisfying the requirements of urban sewage pipe network

    Content of trivalent chromium in wastewater after leather treatment

    5 mg/L

    1 mg/L

    Chlorophenasic acid,
    Tetrachlorophenol and salt, esters in leather

    Not allowed to be contained(detection limit 5ppm)

    Not allowed to be contained(detection limit 0.1ppm)

    Part of R series dyes which are carcinogenic, induce reproductive mutation and are environmentally harmful
    Nil
    Part of H series substances complying with 1999/45/EC or 67/548/EEC;or satisfying
    1272/2008 requirements
    APE(alkylphenol polyoxyethylene), PFOS(perfluorooctane sulfonate)

    No requirement

    Use is prohibited

    Dyes causing skin allergy

    No requirement

    In compliance with 67/548/EEC or 1999/45/EC,using R43 is prohibited;in compliance with 1272/2008,using H317 is prohibited

    Part of phthalate

    No requirement

    Use is permitted only to the extent of passing risk assessment when applying or complying with 67/548/EEC; DNOP, DINP, DIDP are not permitted to be used

    Biocides

    No requirement

    Only those permitted for use ?and authorized for use in footwear as specified in Appendix IA attached to 98/8/EC are permitted for use

    Volatile organic solvents VOCs

    Different limits for different kinds of shoes,20-25g/pair

    20 g/pair for all

    Application of PVC

    Not permitted to be contained except in sole

    No requirement

    Raw materials for packaging carton

    80% recyclable

    100% recyclable

    Raw materials for plastic bag for packaging purpose ?

    Use of recyclable materials

    75% recyclable

    Information on package for consumers

    No requirement

    Declaration for environmentally sustainable development

    Content on eco-label

    No harmful substances contained

    Reduced content of harmful substances


        Other governing standards including without limitation

    •     Oko-Tex Standard 100(eco-textiles standard 100)
    •     EU REACH ?
    •     U.S Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act(CPSIA)
    •    Dimethyl fumarate(DMF)Limitation Directive(Directive 2009/251/EC)
    •    ……