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.

Environmental solutions 20 years ahead of their time

Know your input. Understand your output. Input Stream Management: an idea 20 years ahead of its time.

Bluesign was established by a Swiss textile company that developed a process allowing for the lowest possible environmental impact and an increase...

Bluesign at ISPO

ISPO and Bluesign have a long relationship. Bluesign launched its first product produced with the trademark bluesign® in 2001.

Pioneering a mindset shift for environmental chemicals

Together with leading chemical suppliers, Bluesign developed the world’s first MRSL. This was followed by the introduction of the first comprehensive chemical positive list. Both of which are still in use today for evaluating and preventing environmental and human risks.


Technological breakthrough for the industry: a search engine for responsibly produced materials

The bluesign® GUIDE was introduced. This bluesign® SYSTEM Input Stream Management provided a search engine that allowed converters and brands to replace expensive and time-consuming end-sample testing.

This industry breakthrough introduced the...

Bluesign hits the Consumer Market

Together with VAUDE, the first ever bluesign® label was released on the market.


EU chemical law and SGS investment triggered growing interest in sustainable solutions from Bluesign

EU REACH laws recognized the need for human and environmental protection from chemical risks. REACH solidified the long-established Bluesign mentality of a best practice approach without economic compromise.

In 2008, SGS...

Launch of the world’s most extensive list of chemical substances

bluesign® SYSTEM SUBSTANCE LIST (BSSL) was introduced with more than 900 chemical substances and 600 banned substances relating to the textile industry.

A chemical management approach for the...

From the outdoors to the runway

The outdoor industry forged the path for sustainable fashion. Through its direct interaction with nature, they recognized their impact on the environment and society much quicker than those in the fashion industry. The bluesign® SYSTEM, using Best Available Technology (BAT),...

Benchmark for chemical product stewardship

A benchmark was set within the industry based on the publicly available criteria developed by Bluesign. This benchmark determined the most important step for chemical management in order to reduce the negative environmental and human impact. These criteria have since been implemented...

500 partnerships working towards sustainability

500 partners strong! 133 chemical suppliers, 370 manufacturers, 89 brands and 2 industry machine firms recognized the need for an increased systematic approach towards...

The need for sustainable data transparency

Data became king. Consumer demand for the utmost transparency and supply chain traceability was met with the launch of the bluesign® CUBE. This platform allows for verifiable actions on eKPIs and simplifies system standardization...

Future trends in sustainable textiles

The market is changing faster than ever before. The impact of this on the environment and society reflects these changes. Consumer awareness is increasing and consumer demands on the market speak volumes.

How do you foresee the upcoming trends...

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 complete 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 risks to people and the environment were drastically lowered. Advising companies on 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 can contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

- 50% Water consumption
- 30% Power
- 15% Chemicals

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.


“Because the value chain of the textile industry and similar industries must be increasingly accountable, Bluesign inspires and equips brands, manufacturers and chemical suppliers with comprehensive sustainability solutions, so that the industry continuously fosters safer work environments, increasing levels of environmental responsibility, enhanced business value and deeper consumer trust.”


Stakeholder commitment is a continuous and integral part of our everyday business practices. Whether the further development of chemical management or expansion of our criteria for responsible production, the commitment of our partners and other experts is essential.


SGS, the world’s leading inspection, audit, and certification company and bluesign technologies decided in 2008 to work together to further develop bluesign® SERVICES and the independent bluesign® SYSTEM solution. This partnership allows further access to the extensive and globally established SGS network and guarantees a constant and reliable partnership for all stakeholders.


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.


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