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Bluesign is a system for sustainable textile production than from the beginning eliminates harmful substances of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly production. The Bluesign system membership is open for chemical suppliers, textile accessory manufacturers, and apparel brands. Bluesign has developed a sustainability tool called Input Stream Management that makes sure that the production as a whole is safe and free of a harmful substance and seeks to integrate sustainable practices across the entire supply chain.

Bluesigns five main principles include

  • Resource productivity
  • Consumer safety
  • Water emission
  • Air emission
  • Occupational health and safety

Green chemistry  approach

The Input Stream Management takes the applied production processes, and all the components through an audit and Bluesign build the performance on a systematical approach to green chemistry, not unlike The Natural Step. The advantage of looking at the whole process is distinct, as textiles and garments in most cases require several process steps. If only one of these steps contains harmful chemicals or are not safe for customers is best to be not produced at all. It minimises risk to people and the environment and is essential for brands to build and maintain confidence in an increasingly more aware consumer culture.

Web-based software

A special web-based software application guides the process that contains a comprehensible database for brands and retailers. It contains data of Bluesign approved fabrics, detailed information about the environment, safety, consumer protection, etc. The database of chemicals (900 chemical substances covered) based on the best available technique (BAT) and advice is given to the industry to minimise the risk to people and the environment. Furthermore, it contains a lot of different options and necessary information on the evaluation of products and processes. Visit their website:

A few brands that use Bluesign

  • La Sportive
  • Edelrid
  • The North Face
  • G Star
  • Mammut
  • Burton
  • Haglöfs
  • Jack Wolfskin
  • Bergans
  • Nike
  • Eagle Creek
  • Black Diamond
  • Patagonia
  • Helly Hansen

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