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A responsible textile products industry ensures safety and a clean environment, thus ensuring a long-term business model for all involved companies. The latest technology and the best applied practices result in a competitive advantage while simultaneously reducing effects on the environment and people. This is what we understand under the blue way. Together we change the environmental impact of textiles for the better.
Managing chemical substances from the beginning of the manufacturing process of textile products and onward – a vision to which BLUESIGN is committed. Input Stream Management is the route through which this is achieved. That’s why partners in the chemical industry undergo a strict on-site assessment in order to examine the effectiveness of the implemented Product Stewardship System. This allows for a transparent look at the manufactured chemical products and their risks. Accurate data and the development of new chemicals with low risks are the key to risk management and a sustainable departure from hazardous chemical substances. Real Chemical Change Management facilitates a detox of the entire supply chain, which in turn provides safer and more sustainable work and living conditions.
Textile materials and accessories manufactured exclusively with inspected chemicals in a safe and clean production facility without compromising quality, performance or design – BLUESIGN guarantees this through on-site company assessments and the implementation of comprehensive risk management plan for all types of manufacturers. In addition to qualitative and quantitative chemical management, the concept promotes resource-improving processing in order to reduce the impacts on people and the environment overall. Adherence to a social standard is a basic prerequisite for us. Satisfied employees in the supplier chain and convinced consumers are the outcome.
Traceability of textile products requires verified data and qualified information. Moreover, traceability needs to be fast and uncomplicated in order to make responsible business decisions. A Cloud Computing Solution provides continuous traceability of products, an online risk warning if there are changes, as well as recommendations for additional risk minimization. A networked supplier chain connects the right partners together. Thus, products are manufactured with high efficiency and maximal benefit to the consumer and environment. This is direct traceability.
The world wears it: Textile products that follow the blue way and have clear and continuous traceability. Brand quality thus represents minimal environmental burden with maximum sustainability. Open communication through third party-verified and fact-based information tells a new product story ensuring an honest, sustainable image while building trust. We show the industry’s enormous effort and guide the consumer along the blue way.
Each year, our 600+ partners ensure that increasingly less hazardous material is released into the environment using “the blue way” concept. They strive to use only smart chemicals and act responsibly. Each year, they save volumes of water that could fill multiple mountain lakes. Thousands of households can be supplied with the energy they save. The carbon footprint is reduced daily. We are continually striving for additional improvements to the bluesign® SYSTEM and on expanding the idea.
Among them, over 900 are hazardous substances, which must be managed accordingly. More than 50,000 chemical processing products are provided from hundreds of chemical suppliers as process and effect chemicals. Thus, it is not an easy task for textile processors to choose the right chemicals while also taking into account the requirements for quality, performance and design as well as the applicable legal regulations. Chemical exposure to people and the environment must therefore be given the highest priority.
Our daily life and routines demand increasingly more energy. Energy is, of course, needed for the manufacture of products in industry, including the production of textile products. Moving parts, pressurized elements (hydraulics, pneumatics) and high temperatures make textile manufacturing processes energy intensive. The latest technology in machines, new materials, optimized processes as well as the use of smarter chemicals have minimized the use of energy in the manufacture of textile products.
By using smarter chemistry, intelligent processes, the Best Available Techniques (BAT) and Best Practices, it should be possible to attain global savings of 50 % in water, 30 % in energy and 15 % in chemicals through the use of non-disruptive innovations. The goal is to increase resource productivity so that the impacts on people and the environment are kept as low as possible. We are on the blue way together in an effort to keep the impacts of textile consumer products manufacturing as low as possible for our blue planet.
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker at the 4th bluesign® CONFERENCE
Look at how much your company has already achieved and what can still be optimized. Inquire about a comprehensive company assessment.
Thursday, December 5, 2019
At the OIA Sustainability Boot Camps in Costa Mesa, CA, BLUESIGN will talk about better chemicals management.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
bluesign® CUBE demonstration: Join and learn about our vision and how we provide tools and services for the responsible value chain within our cloud computing solution, and how you as a system partner...
Sunday, January 26, 2020
The largest trade fair for sports business
BLUESIGN is a system with solutions for industry and brands with which companies can increase their sustainability performance. The stringent criteria can be achieved by using specifically developed auxiliary materials and with the support BLUESIGN can offer. As an independent authority, BLUESIGN checks the progress of participating companies and ensures ongoing continued development of the criteria and solutions.More questions