Chemical management

As part of our Environmental Sustainability Programme we have strict chemical management requirements for our products that comply with EU and US legislation. We also look for opportunities to go beyond EU and US legislation to reduce the environmental impact of the textile manufacturing processes. Our suppliers agree to adhere to our standards as part of the terms and conditions of doing business with us.

We actively engage with our suppliers, chemical experts, other retailers and organisations to help bring about sustainable change. Primark’s approach is to empower our suppliers and their factories by providing them with an assessment programme and screening methodology that supports continuous improvement.

Primark provides suppliers and their factories with formal training, tools and support on Primark’s standards to make improvements throughout the manufacturing process including washing, dyeing and printing, in order to ensure Primark’s standards are met.

Restricted Substances

As part of Primark’s chemical management requirements we have two restricted substance lists, a Product Restricted Substance List (PRSL) and a Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL).
Our PRSL details the limits for chemicals found in the materials used to make our products. Our MRSL details all the chemicals that we require suppliers not to use in their manufacturing processes, including chemicals used for dyeing and washing.

The Primark PRSL and MRSL guidelines are issued to all our suppliers and their factories.

Our MRSL can be viewed in: English or Chinese.

Our PRSL can be viewed in: English, Chinese or Bengali.

Our Greenpeace Detox commitment

Primark is working towards eliminating certain chemicals from our global supply chain by 2020. In conjunction with our own chemical management requirements we also signed up to Greenpeace’s Detox commitment in February 2014.

You can view a copy of our Greenpeace Detox commitment here.

Our progress reports are available here:



Case studies

We have also produced case studies of how certain chemicals can be substituted with safer alternatives.

Case Study - NPEO view in:
English, Bengali or Chinese.

Case Study - PFC view in:
English, Bengali or Chinese.

Case Study - Chlorophenol view in:
English, Bengali or Chinese.

Case Study - 4-Chloroaniline view in:
English, Bengali or Chinese.

Pilot overview

We have been working with chemical experts and our main suppliers, looking closely at how chemicals are used in the washing and dyeing process and conducting waste water testing to verify this. This is to understand current levels of chemical compliance and to understand current practices within dyeing mills and washing units. A copy of our different pilot investigations are available below:

2014 China’s investigation phase I report view in:
English, Bengali or Chinese.

2015 China’s investigation phase II report view in:
English, Bengali or Chinese.

China’s PFCs investigation report view in:
English, Bengali or Chinese.

Bangladesh’s investigation report view in:
English, Bengali or Chinese

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