What is Bluesign®?

Updated: 6 days ago

It is one of the standards that helps the textile industry move towards its sustainability goals. It is a company established in Switzerland in 2000, in which the international testing firm SGS was a shareholder in 2008.


The Swiss-based organization, officially known as Bluesign Technologies AG, provides an independent audit of textile mills, examining production processes from raw material and energy inputs to water and air emission outputs.


Unlike other standards, it covers sustainability parameters such as environment and resource efficiency, product synthesis processes and life cycle, as well as consumer safety.

Bluesign is an emerging standard for environmental health and safety in textile production. Each ingredient is evaluated according to its ecotoxicological effect.




Bluesign lists the audit findings in order of concern and suggests ways to reduce consumption while recommending alternatives to harmful chemicals or processes where appropriate. Textile mills committed to verifiably adopt Bluesign's advice can become certified “System Partners” and attract the business of a wide variety of brands and retailers seeking greener resellers around the world.

Environmentally conscious consumers can feel safe when purchasing clothing with the Bluesign label, where they buy the most environmentally sensitive, socially conscious version of the jacket, shirt, sweater, pants, hat or gloves in question. Considering the pressure for greener products of all kinds, Bluesign has attracted considerable attention among some of the leading brands in the outdoor clothing and gear business over the past few years.

Thebluesign® SYSTEM

The textile and apparel industries and their related industries are characterized by a distributed and diverse global supply chain. Industries that increase the demand for resources and use of hazardous chemicals throughout the supply chain have a huge negative impact on the environment and society.


To counter these adverse effects bluesign® SYSTEM is a comprehensive, full package service solution for chemical suppliers, textile and coatings manufacturers, and brands.

This premium solution is a support mechanism for the entire supply chain, providing the tools needed to promote, adopt and implement safe chemical use and responsible practices in factories.


The application of the Bluesign® SYSTEM ensures occupational safety and the reduction of adverse environmental effects. These reductions potentially include reducing water use, reducing wastewater, reducing energy use, reducing overall chemical use, and eliminating hazardous substances through smarter chemistry and the application of the Best Available Technique (BAT).


This was made possible thanks to the Inflow Flow Management approach. This approach states that using BAT and eliminating hazardous chemicals from the start and along the supply chain will produce safe end products and safer work environments.


Company ratings that show sustainability performance and environmental key performance indicators (eKPIs) can be validated through the Bluesign data-driven system.


These data-driven metrics lead to increased value-based offerings by giving more connectivity and the opportunity to supply chain partners to present traceability and company developments to customers.


Bluesign envisions a responsible and sustainable textile and apparel manufacturing industry actively working to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDG).

This vision creates a path for the industry to follow: The Blue Path. This path provides services and tools for companies throughout the supply chain, for which bluesign® SYSTEM is a holistic solution.



BLUESGN PRINCIPLES


  • This standard is based on five principles:

  • Resource efficiency

  • Consumer safety

  • Air emission

  • Water emission

  • Job health security

Resource efficiency

It aims at the highest quality and added value for your product, with the least resources and the lowest possible environmental impact.


Consumer safety

Consumer safety means not only that your textiles are of high quality and have no health risks, but also that you apply sustainability principles in your manufacturing process.


Air emission

Air emission must remain within tightly controlled limits throughout your production process. Using low emission components and improving your energy use also reduces your CO2 load.


Water emission

Water emission control aims to feed pure water back into the natural cycle, causing the least possible pollution to rivers, lakes and seas. You can achieve this by using ecologically harmless ingredients and improving your production and wastewater treatment processes.


Workplace Health and Safety

This is about the health and safety of your employees in the textile industry. This means that weak spots that exist locally can be identified and improved in compliance with the legislation.


What requirements should a Bluesign product meet?


A bluesign® PRODUCT is offered only by brands that have committed to the bluesign® SYSTEM. A sustainable product of this type consists of at least 90% bluesign® APPROVED textiles and 30% bluesign® APPROVED accessories. The goal is to achieve 100% BLUESIGN certified components. The entire product guarantees the highest assurance to the consumer.


Turkey Partner List

  • Veskim Kimyevi Madde It. Ihr. A.S. Turkey

  • Setas Kimya Sanayi A.S. Turkey

  • Resas Chemie Endustriyel Kimyasallar A.S. Turkey

  • KEMITEKS Kimya San. Ve Tic. A.S. Turkey

  • Eksoy Kimya Sanayi ve Ticaret AS Turkey

  • Denge Kimya ve Tekstil San. Tic. A.S. Turkey

  • Clearity Kimya Tekstil Turkey

  • Busan Kimya San. Tic. A.Ş. Turkey

  • Bersa Tekstil ve Kimya San. Ltd. STI. Turkey

  • Alfa Kimya Sanayi Ticaret AS Turkey

  • Ak-Kim Kimya Sanayi ve Tic. A.Ş. Turkey

  • Zeynar Mensucat Inc. & Trade Comp. Turkey

  • ISKO Turkey

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