Environmental Standards

Bluesign

The bluesign standard starts from the ground up. It's not about testing finished products. Instead, before production begins, components and processes are selected to ensure they meet the specified criteria. This is the only way to guarantee maximum implementation of resource productivity and EHS - that's Environment, Health and Safety - in the most efficient and cost-effective way for everyone involved.

The bluesign standard is practice-oriented. Instead of working with bans and restrictions, the bluesign standard provides solutions for EHS issues on all levels, from raw material and chemical components suppliers to manufacturers and retailers. The bluesign standard is widely recognized within the complete textile production chain. To assure efficient and economical solutions, the bluesign standard includes all levels of the manufacturing chain. It is recognized by leading chemical companies, numerous textile manufacturers as well as well-known retailer and brand companies.

ISO 14001

A primary component of the ISO 14001 standard is the "Environmental Policy" which must be defined by an organization's top management. This environmental policy must include a commitment to both compliance with environmental laws & company policies, continual improvement and prevention of pollution. A system is then created (or if already existing, documented) that ensures that the environmental policy is carried out by the organization. This involves planning, implementation and operations, checking and corrective action, and management review.

ISO 14000 benefits:

The ISO Environmental Standards for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) are a series of completely voluntary standards and guideline reference documents which include environmental management systems, eco-labeling, environmental auditing, life cycle assessment, environmental performance evaluation, and environmental aspects in product standards. It is the focus on management" that distinguishes these standards from "performance" standards. An EMS help and organization to establish and meet its own policy goals through objectives and targets, organizational structures and accountability, management controls and review functions all with top management oversight.

EMS does not set specific requirements for environmental compliance nor do these standards establish requirements for specific levels of pollution prevention or performance.

EMS Benefits:

Eco Labeling

Eco labeling guarantees certain ecological criteria for all sorts of textile items and their manufacturing processes. It identifies:

Oekotex 100 is one of its classified standards.

Made in Green

Made in green is a special symbol for all those who provide or who are seeking textile products manufactured with the guarantee that they are free from substances harmful to health. This certifies that the product, throughout its traceability chain has been manufactured in factories which respect the environment and the universal rights of workers. The object, therefore is, free from harmful substances, respect for the environment and respect for human rights.

Other Initiatives to consider

Other initiatives include REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) legislation which aims to encourage safe and eco-friendly chemical production. In the USA the Toxic Substances Control Act (TCSA) enables the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to track industrial chemicals produced in or imported into the country. Some man-made fibers, such as Lenzing's lyocell fibre Tencel, have a minimal impact on the environment. Also, organic cotton production is growing rapidly but still accounts for only a small fraction of global cotton output. Nonetheless, organic cotton is being adopted by high profile companies such as C&A, Coop, Nike, Wal-Mart, and Woolworths. And a growing number of brand and manufacturing companies are pursuing environmentally friendly strategies. Such companies include American Apparel, Gap, Interface, Patagonia, and Wal-Mart in the USA. There are a few Organic groups to consider joining like the Organic Trade Association and The Organic Exchange.