Manage Detox with gsm

15 August 2016
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COLOGNE. The management of Detox and the implemetation of the connected customer requirements within the supplier chains is a great challenge for many companies in textile industries. gsm who has long-term experience in the development and implementation of chemical management systems as well as expert knowlegde of value chains and production processes knows where critical and hazardous substances are used and how to reduce, avoid and substitute them. With module-based services,  custom-tailored packages covering all kind of needs around the Detox-topic can be offered.

gsm on Innatex 36

28 January 2015
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HOFHEIM/WALLAU. ALso this year, gsm supported the just ended international trade fair for sustainable textiles, Innatex, which takes place twice a year in Hofheim-Wallau, near Franfkurt, Germany. As partner of the organizing Muevo GmbH, gsm assumed the task of checking the compliance fo the exhibitors with the admission criteria and was part of the panel discussion about the sustainability of fibres.

gsm at the AFIRM RSL Seminar 2014

17 November 2014


SHANGHAI. gsm participated as a sponsor at this year’s AFIRM RSL-Seminar taking place in Shanghai on November 13th. The Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Group is a recognized association of numerous top brands providing resources to reduce the use and impact of harmful substances in the apparel and footwear supply chain. With its long-termed experience in the area of Restricted Substances Management and Value-Chain Analysis, gsm provides tools, training and practical advice that offer support to put requirements concerning clean production into practice.

Successful closing of PPP-Project

27 October 2014

COLOGNE/DHAKA. More than 50 participants joined the gsm seminar about cleaner production and phase-out of Restricted Substances in textile and apparel industry taking place in Dhaka on October 25th. Provided as closing event for the participating companies in the PPP-Project “Chemical Management Systems for the textile and apparel industry in Bangladesh, gsm and its local partner, the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), have successfully managed to bring together important producers and stakeholders from different areas of textile industry. The resulting multiplier effect reaches far beyond the project.

press review

26 September 2014

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COLOGNE. Find current reports on gsm Global Sustainable Management GmbH here:

 27th August 2014: Textile Network, Issue 9-10/2014, German Edition

Article "Corporate Responsibility: Kleidsame Transparenz" + short interview with gsm managing director Birgit Karpa-Beuth

22nd March 2013:  Forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften

Ein Weg entsteht, wenn man ihn geht — Nachhaltiges Lieferkettenmanagement in der Textilindustrie

gsm at INNATEX 35

04 August 2014
HOFHEIM-WALLAU. How effective are labels for the improvement of social standards in textile production? This issue has been illuminated from gsm-staff member Lavinia Muth together with experts from trade and production in the context of a panel. The lively disucssion on the subject "Social standards in textile production" took place in the framework of the INNATEX 35, Europe's most important trade fair for sustainable textiles, in Hofheim-Wallau near Frankfurt und has been led by renowed RTL-presenter Janine Steeger. All events supporting the exhibition have had as their theme "social compatibility". 

Four new SVHC

30 June 2014

Photo:Lauri Rotko, © European Chemicals Agency 2013

HELSINKI. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has added four substances to the REACH Candidate List, which now contains 155 substances of very high concern: cadmium chloride, the phthalate DIPH and two boron substances.

New Classification for Formaldehyde

20 June 2014

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BRUSSEL. After long times of dicsussion, Formaldehyde is officially classified as carinogen and mutagen. So far, the gas with the pungent smell was categorised only as "suspected human carcinogen" respectively with "possible carcinogenic effects"

EU Commission restricts Chrome VI

22 April 2014

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BRUSSELS. Unfortunately leather goods are still frequently contaminated with high concentrations of Chromium VI that is considered as very allergenic and carcinogenic. From 1. May 2015 the allowed limit of Chromium VI in leather goods or articles that contain leather parts is limited to 3mg/kg (based on the dry weight), provided that the goods can come in contact with the skin. This Regulation issued by the European Commission at the end of march, amends Annev XVII of REACH Regulationin (EG) Nr 1907/2006.

New EU-Regulation for PAH

13 January 2014

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BRUSSELS. According to the new EU-regulation 1272/2013, from December 2015 consumer products only shall be placed on the market, if they comply with the new limits for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) classified as carcinogenic. The regulation refers to products, which contain components which during normal use come into contat with skin or oral cavity, like toys, clothes, sport equipment etc.

Green chemistry for healthy clothing

06 January 2014

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HAMBURG. The use of chemicals is essential for many production processes in textile and apparel industry. A lot of them can be harmful for the health and the environment. To reduce the future use of these chemicals, the Kooperationsstelle Hamburg, Institut für internationale Forschung, Entwicklung, Evaluation und Beratung (IFE) GmbH, has just started the project „SUBSPORT Textil“. SUBSPORT Textil is an information platform especially for the the textile and apparel industry offering harmless alternatives to the use of harzadous substances. It is an extension of the existing online portal SUBSPORT (, that already offers support for the substitution of harmful substances in plastics, metal and electrical industries.


ECHA names seven new SVHC

20 December 2013

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HELSINKI. In December ECHA adds seven new substances to the candidate list of Substances for Very High Concern,which is part of the REACH regulation. The updated list that is part of the REACH regulation now contains 151 substances. 

The TM Sustainable Fashion Day

30 April 2013

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DÜSSELDORF. This year’s Sustainability Fashion Day, organized by the professional textile magazine TM, has taken place april 25 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The journal sees itself as a communication platform for industry, wholesalers and trade in textile and apparel industry. Aim of the event was to draw attention of trade and industry to the increasing number of questions concerning sustainability.

More expertise for Bangladesh

19 April 2013


COLOGNE/DHAKA. The latest accidents in textile manufactures in Bangladesh show how urgently textile industry in Bangladesh needs to renew production processes. For experts like the German company gsm Global Sustainable Management GmbH, the problems are already well known for a long time.

New: Digital Learning System

20 February 2013

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COLOGNE. A new digital learning system helps textile companies, their suppliers and producers to deepen their knowledge about the identification, handling and avoidance of restricted substances independent of time and location.

Detecting chemicals by barcode

03 December 2012


BERLIN. Harmless or toxic? Detecting chemicals by barcode. Under the REACH regulation, traders and producers are obliged to inform about whether and to what extend a product contains hazardous substances, if requested. For consumers it has now become easier to get this information for everyday products.

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