The Bluesign Label

Seal of approval and certificates is there just in the textile industry as sand on the sea. But what certificate is committed for what? What are the different standards? And everything is just window dressing, or the specified guidelines to really take effect?

 

Because it is hardly possible for the plethora of certificates and labels to keep track, we want to introduce a standard in this article, which has a comparatively wide approach: the bluesign label.

 

Approach

The bluesign label is by the Swiss company Bluesign technologies AG awarded and is more than just a simple standard. It rather is a technology-based system that tries with a possible integrated approach to bring about continuous improvement of textile production. The aim is an eco-friendly textile manufacturing to ensure, without dangerous pollutants. The input stream management evaluates raw materials even before the actual start of production. This ensures that materials that do not meet the prescribed standards, not even entering the production chain. While this system is based on five fundamental principles: resource productivity, consumer protection, water protection, Immissions protection and occupational safety.

 

Resource productivity

This mainly involves the sustainable use of raw materials and energy. The bluesign system sets in this area for an optimization of the production processes and a constant improvement of process efficiency. Thus a high degree of efficiency aims with a minimum use of resources, so that the environmental impact.

 

Consumer protection

The eye of consumers increasingly focuses on quality and origin in addition to functionality and price. Here too the bluesign system sets and the promise to award from sustainable production only high quality textile products without health risks. So only materials and substances are allowed a according to equity in the manufacturing process, which affect the environment as low as possible.

 

Water protection

Versatile discussed the theme of clean water is, however, still a comparatively high water pollution takes place just by textile manufacturing processes. Here too the bluesign system provides clearly defined requirements and defines standards for water pollution control. Through the use of modern wastewater treatment technologies, optimized production processes and sustainable feedstocks using the environmental impact should be kept to a minimum. The compliance with the limit values is continuously controlled and monitored.

 

Immissions protection

Through the use of certain raw materials, chemicals and utilities there are high emissions in textile manufacturing processes. The buesign system controls all areas and process steps, so that technologies, as well as the specific choice of raw materials and chemicals, a reduction of air pollution is achieved by optimizing. This clearly defined selection criteria for immissionsrelavante substances used. In addition the system advocates a modern purification, to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.

 

Occupational safety and health

Also the large range of safety at work flows into the bluesign system. Clearly defined directives lay down the working conditions of the workers. Also it has become bluesign mission, to uncover vulnerabilities and countermeasures. In addition to the usual safety measures are also training for the handling of hazardous materials. All work conditions are checked at the premises in terms of security.

 

Transparency, credibility and development

Paper is patient and sometimes sugarcoated truths contain the information carried by companies to the outside. What’s in this regard with the bluesign system? How can consumer about the applied standards and guidelines inform?

This seal performs very well in the area of transparency and credibility. Thus, access to lots of information is easily possible. All statements and information are verifiable and from reliable sources. Relevant information to administrative bodies, donors and the implementation system are disclosed. In addition, participation in the implementation process is possible for interested parties. Also, the credible enforcement of policies is monitored through an effective control system, avoiding unnecessary costs and obstacles. Thus, it is possible to meet the requirements of the seal even for smaller businesses.

 

The system of the bluesign label is based on a continuous evolution. Also the lasting improvement of production processes within the companies is being driven.

 

Criticism

Greenpeace criticized the Detox campaign repeatedly that too many dangerous chemicals in the textile production are released just in the throughout. The bluesign Sigel has put the focus on technologies and materials, all prohibited or regulated substances are clearly defined. Also the respective limits are clearly defined and the compliance is checked regularly. Greenpeace complained however, that some requirements do not closely enough taken or limits are too high. As a consequence of the Detox campaign some limits were increased within the bluesign system though, but Greenpeace criticised still, that the standards in certain areas still not closely enough drawn were.

 

The bluesign label is a certificate that relates strongly to the technology. Social aspects, such as a ban on child labour, fair wages or social security itself not be governed by the seal. However all participating companies the UN must undertake GLOBAL COMPACT.

 

Conclusion

The bluesign label helps a good bit to minimize the ecological footprint in the textile industry. In the area of technological development, as well as in environmental protection this certificate ensures clear standards and monitors compliance. The structure, objectives, and policies of bluesign are transparent and consistent. In the areas of credibility, transparency and environmental friendliness, high requirements are met.