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St.Gallen, Switzerland – Under the theme of “Gain Trust – Take
Responsibility” bluesign technologies ag organized on July 14 and 15 its
first conference for system partners of the bluesign® standard. Over 100
participants from all areas of the textile supply chain met in St.Gallen to
exchange their ideas regarding sustainability in textile manufacturing
and marketing. In a resolution based on the UN Decade of Education for
Sustainable Development they committed themselves to voluntarily
realise an activity of “environment” or “sustainable consumption” at a
local school and are hence taking responsibility beyond their day-to-day
During the two-day conference current trends were discussed that will spark a
change of mindset in end consumers. For instance, in the future not additional
benefits will be important, but rather the actual benefit becomes the centre of
attention. Thus also the sustainable production of goods, including textiles, will
gain importance. Various brands and retailers showed how important trust in a
brand is, particularly regarding environmental protection and consumer safety.
The chemical industry presented “Best Available Technology” (BAT) in textile
finishing and how it cannot only improve the performance, but also minimize the
environmental impact and reduce costs. During the following outdoor event the
participants were able to experience trust first-hand and engage in networking.
On the second day textile manufacturers shared their experiences with the
bluesign® standard and their actual improvements regarding sustainability.
bluesign technologies ag went on to present the revised bluesign® bluefinder
(advanced search tool for chemical products) and introduced the new bluesign®
blueguide (advanced database to sustainable textiles and EHS know-how) to the
bluesign® system partners. A tour around EMPA (Swiss Federal Laboratories for
Materials Testing and Research), where current projects in textile science were
presented, marked the end of the conference.
In one point all participants agreed: the setting of the conference was unique
because representatives from the entire textile supply chain can meet at the same
time in one place.
Background information on the bluesign® standard
The declared objective of the independent bluesign® standard is to put a reliable
and proactive tool at the disposal of the entire textile production chain – from raw
material and component suppliers who manufacture e.g. yarns, dyes and
additives, to textile manufacturers, to retailer and brand companies, to
Production processes that are designed around maximum resource productivity
with a view to environmental protection, health and safety, represent an
assurance for manufacturers and retailers that today’s quality criteria are fulfilled
in the best possible way and that applicable regulations and limits are complied
with. The basic idea, right from the beginning, was to tackle the problem at its
roots and to exclude substances, which are potentially hazardous to the human
health or the environment, from processes at the outset via an intelligent Input
Stream Management system. An independent standard was created that can be
applied to the entire production chain and that delivers certainty at all levels, from
raw material to final product, from chemical supplier to consumer. This in turn
means measurable economic success for industry and trade while at the same
time offering maximum consumer und environmental protection. The bluesign®
standard is leading the way to a successful and healthy textile future. Worldwide.
Background information on bluesign technologies ag
bluesign technologies ag was founded in 2000. Since then, the bluesign® standard
has been adopted by different worldwide leading textile manufacturers. Various
significant key players of the chemical and machine industry rely on the bluesign®
standard and endorse it as bluesign® supporters, including Huntsman, Clariant,
DyStar, CHT, Mahlo and Benninger. Several well-known brands of the sporting
goods and fashion industry such as Patagonia, MEC, The North Face, Vaude, Helly
Hansen, Haglöfs, Eileen Fisher, REI, Deuter or Edelrid benefit as bluesign®
members and finally Zimtstern, Boardroom/Ecoapparel, Gloriette or ComforTrust
as bluesign® trademark users of the extensive know-how of bluesign technologies
ag. In summer 2008 SGS has acquired a 50 % stake in bluesign technologies ag.
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