To create the best possible product we have gone out to find the besta technical labs in which to manufacture. As a consequence of constructing products in the cleanest, most high tech controlled conditions we are minimizing our environmental impact. The highest quality production leads to the cleanest output. The cleanest producers stand out by having Bluesign certification, yet no one knows how important it is.
Developed in the early 2000s, the Swiss production standard Bluesign was created as a mark of excellence for textiles demonstrating the least possible impact on the environment, coupled with resource-conserving production and safety for workers and consumers. To this day, Bluesign is still one of the only internationally recognised independent industry textile standards.
Textile supply chains rely on hundreds of ecotoxic acids, bases, colourants, dyes and softeners for the making of their products. In countries that lack rigorous regulation, untreated chemical residue is often discharged directly into water sources, where it eventually destroys the soil, water and the environment. In addition, textile manufacturing processes like dyeing and printing are notoriously excessive regarding the amounts of water, fossil fuels, and electrical energy they consume. Each year, over a half trillion gallons of freshwater are used in textile dyeing and approximately 8% of global oil produced goes into making virgin polyester used in the manufacturing of fabrics.
Bluesign is based on three main ecological principles:
- Resource productivity
The aim is to produce high-quality textiles while minimising the consumption of resources and environmental impact. Using the fewest resources as possible during the complete process automatically involves cost-efficiency. The environmental impact decreases while the added value of the products increases. Finally, the textile companies reduce their ecological footprint, minimising energy and material input per kilogram of manufactured textile products.
- Water emission
Water emission control includes returning purified water into the water cycle and reducing impact on the aquatic environment to a minimum. Documentation of an intelligent selection of process components is required by Bluesign to ensure that harmful substances in wastewater are minimised. Manufacturers are also required to install well-functioning wastewater treatment systems to produce effluent streams that adhere to stringent contaminant standards.
- Air emission
Each process step of textile production causes air emissions. To earn accreditation, Bluesign imposes strict selection criteria for substances and components that have an emission impact. Exhaust air has to be treated and recycled with state-of-the-art filtration technology. This is an essential condition in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to make an active contribution towards climate protection.
Rest assured that we believe there’s no such thing as a finish line where environmental standards are concerned. We’ll always push for greater sustainability without compromise on performance.
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