bluesign Releases 2010-2020 Environmental Impact Figures

Through the implementation of the registered bluesign SYSTEM, bluesign SYSTEM PARTNER textile manufacturers have achieved meaningful collective impact reductions in: water, energy, CO2e emissions, and chemistry with an increase in bluesign APPROVED chemical usage over a 10-year period, 2010 – 2020.

The deadline to reach carbon neutrality and achieve the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is approaching. And the recently completed impact analysis demonstrates the bluesign SYSTEM is accelerating progress towards a more sustainable fashion industry while continuing to ensure textile products meet stringent environmental and consumer safety requirements worldwide, giving consumers the confidence of purchasing sustainable products produced with reduced impact on people and the planet.

“With the bluesign SYSTEM, we help our customers better understand their value chain and make better-informed decisions with verified data from on-site assessments. The results from our impact work couldn’t have come at a more crucial time when voluntary commitments are now calling for the industry to halve its emissions by 2030. Commitments of this magnitude must be based on sound strategy, and good data, using a systems-thinking approach that takes all aspects of the production process into consideration. It’s not just about outcomes, but inputs as well. Bluesign’s Input Stream Management system eliminates hazardous chemicals from the very beginning of production, ensuring safe products with reduced impact on people and the planet.” said Daniel Rüfenacht, CEO, Bluesign.

bluesign SYSTEM is an all-encompassing approach to improving the textile industry’s impact by focusing on resources, people and the environment. Dyeing and finishing stage within textile manufacturing accounts for the largest impact on climate change and energy consumption in apparel production and a close second regarding freshwater consumption.

The core of the SYSTEM is developing unique, comprehensive action plans for each System Partner manufacturer to implement. Partnership begins with an on-site assessment, measures supplier’s processes against the strict bluesign CRITERIA, provides a roadmap and step-by-step guidance towards continuous improvement in impact reduction. Progress is measured regularly using verified data and for the first time, this progress is being reported collectively across system partner textile manufacturers.

These results reflect the average for the system partner textile manufacturers between 2010 to 2020:

  • -5 percent energy consumption
  • -12 percent carbon equivalent emissions
  • -18 percent water consumption
  • -17 percent chemical consumption
  • +76 percent bluesign® APPROVED chemistry

The bluesign SYSTEM offers its partners complete traceability and transparency as each stage of production requires verified data and qualified information.  That data are verified by bluesign and are accessible to the Bluesign network of System Partners within the cloud computing solution, known as the bluesign CUBE. More than 28,000 chemical product risk assessments combined with company site assessments result in materials that are compliant with the bluesign CRITERIA and are the basis for thousands of bluesign APPROVED materials.

The collective impact reductions achieved through the implementation of the bluesign SYSTEM are meaningful progress for the fashion industry.