Outdoor brand Berghaus announced that it has joined the international bluesign sustainability system. The development is part of an ongoing program designed to eliminate harmful substances from the firm’s supply chain, by identifying and working with responsible textile mills and component suppliers, says Berghaus.
In recent years, Berghaus has dedicated more resources to reducing the environmental impact of its activities, says the company. A particular focus has been placed on water use in product manufacture, recognizing the increasing pressure that is being put on this limited resource by growing populations and industrialization.
The textile industry in particular is highly water intensive, both in terms of extraction and pollution, with an estimated 20% of global industrial water pollution coming from the treatment and dyeing of textiles alone. Berghaus’ commitment extends to working with suppliers and textile mills who are able to demonstrate they can manage water in the cleanest and most efficient ways, minimizing the impact on the water systems in the countries from which they source. In 2014, the company revealed details of a new coloring technology it introduced for a range of woven products, which reduces water use by 89% compared to traditional methods, while also reducing chemical use by 63% and significantly reducing CO2 emissions.
Led by its corporate sustainability officer Elaine Gardiner, Berghaus has worked with bluesign and its supply chain to ensure that its products meet demanding requirements in terms of hazardous substances, worker safety and environmental protection.
Consumers will soon be able to find numerous products in the current Berghaus range which contain bluesign approved fabrics, including the ECO Wovens apparel that was introduced in March this year. The company is aiming for 70% of its products to contain a bluesign approved fabric by spring/summer 2016.