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bluesign® Explained

We all try to do our part to help the environment, and the bluesign® System is how clothing companies do theirs. Established in 2000, the bluesign® system was created to help the production of textiles become more sustainable by eliminating harmful substances in the manufacturing process and setting specific safety standards to help reduce their impact on people and the environment.

Did you know that 600 liters of water is used to create just 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of textiles? Or that it takes 1 kg of chemicals to make 1 kg of textiles? That’s about 10 million tons of chemicals being used every year to create the fabrics that we use every day, and not all of those chemicals are safe; but bluesign® is working to change that.

How It Works

The bluesign® System isn’t easy for companies to become a part of, there are very strict guidelines that need to be followed, and it can be quite the process for companies to become certified as a bluesign® partner. If companies want their products to be bluesign® approved they have to go through a rigorous process that asses resource productivity, consumer safety, water emissions, air emissions, and occupational and health safety. The bluesign® system has the highest standards for environmental and consumer protection. On top of that, they require companies to send regular reports of their progress to bluesign® and on-site audits are also a requirement if you want to be bluesign® certified.

One of the first things that bluesign® does is make sure that the company is running as efficiently as possible. By consulting with the company on every step of the manufacturing process, bluesign® can help them to run more efficiently and reduce their overall water, chemical, and energy use.

Companies are also required to have state of the art water filtration systems for better protection of the environment, and ventilation systems for increased worker safety. They also provide companies with a chemical list that helps distinguish which chemicals that they should be using. Chemicals that fall under the blue category are safe to use, ones under the gray category need special handling, and if a chemical falls under the black category it’s not allowed to be used at all for product to become bluesign® approved.

Where To Buy bluesign® Approved Products

Whether you’re looking at jackets or backpacks, there’s a decent chance that you can find one with the bluesign® approved logo. The bluesign® system covers everything in the textile based product, zippers, buckles, and trim also have to be bluesign® approved for the product to get that sought after label.

More than likely if you’ve shopped for outdoor gear before, you’ve probably seen the bluesign® label, but if you haven’t, there are plenty of companies that have partnered up with bluesign® since 2000. Patagonia was one of the very first companies to acquire bluesign® certification, but since then over 400 other companies have joined the fight to make textile manufacturing as safe and environmentally friendly for everyone. The North Face, Polartec, and Mammut, are just a few of the big name brands that now carry a wide range of bluesign® approved products.

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