Pioneer for sustainable manufacturing in the industry
BLUESIGN is a true millennial. The company was not only founded in 2000, it set out to change the standard mentality within the industry.
The millennium not only marked a new era, but for many people throughout the world, it also represented a switch in mindset. Dirty waters, smoggy air and tainted soils – the global environmental burden as a result of human action increasingly became clearer. Immediate action was urgent.
This question was posed from the very beginning of BLUESIGN. In 1997, in Switzerland, an effort was made to develop a textile product with the lowest possible environmental burden, resource-improving production as well as augmented safety for workers and consumers. In order to make this concept accessible to as many textile companies as possible, an independent company was formed from the project: BLUESIGN. The founding goal was to motivate suppliers, manufacturers and top brands to reduce the overall footprint of textiles, with a particular focus on the chemicals used.
Years before the REACH regulation went into force, BLUESIGN laid the groundwork for its comprehensive chemical management with the most comprehensive list in the world of chemical substances, the Restricted Substances List (RSL). Today, the RSL includes over 900 chemical substances and approximately 600 substance bans.
With its unique risk-based chemical assessment, which is supported by the first non-company specific Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL), more than 20,000 chemical products from the industry were identified and classified. With the introduction of the first positive list for textile chemicals, hundreds of tons of hazardous chemicals could be replaced with safe alternatives in the global manufacture of textile products. As a result, the risk to people and the environment were drastically lowered.
Advising companies with regard to resource-improving production reduces the impacts on people and the environment while saving money. BLUESIGN, along with the leading manufacturers of textile chemicals, is convinced that the use of the best technology available, smarter chemistry and intelligent processes allows for tremendous savings to be achieved globally – a significant portion of which would contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
With BLUESIGN’s introduction of the Cloud Computing Solution, an additional ten thousand textile consumer products can be traced from the product level all the way down to the chemical supplier (known as Tier 3).
As a result, BLUESIGN, with its partners, is responsible for a considerable portion of all detox efforts in the industry, which results in the consumer being able to wear textile products that are increasingly being manufactured responsibly.
The Input Stream Management approach from BLUESIGN has become the recognized solution and is used in diverse initiatives as the basis for chemical management. BLUESIGN sets the benchmark for sustainable production in the industry with the bluesign® SYSTEM solution. The number of partner companies is increasing yearly, including worldwide fashion, outdoor, and athletic brands, and manufacturers clothing and apparel, as well as important chemical manufacturers and textile producers. Over 600 companies already use bluesign® SERVICES to increase their sustainability performance. And thus also their competitive advantage. They have avowed themselves to environmental responsibility and demonstrate that people and the environment matter to them.
As a solution provider, BLUESIGN acts as an independent verifier to ensure trust and transparency. We support the industry in its efforts to improve its sustainable processes, step by step.
bluesign SYSTEM PARTNERS
bluesign technologies is led by a dynamic group of individuals with many years of experience in the textile and chemical industries. The management uses its experience and expertise to enhance the manufacturing processes of its customers while cultivating a positive movement toward sustainability in the textile industry.