Bluesign continues to be a game changer for sustainable textile production.
Bluesign Bluefinder helps textile industry members clean up their supply chains and conduct efficient chemical management operations. The tool suggests more than 60 alternatives to perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs), so businesses can eliminate harmful substances from their consumer products.
“Additionally, a recommendation for every single chemical product for the various possible end-uses is given—this is an absolutely unique feature of the Bluesign Bluefinder,” Bluesign Technologies CEO Peter Waeber said. He added, “It makes a huge difference if a chemical is used for babywear or a tent.”
Bluesign Bluefinder’s chemicals hail from the most environmentally-friendly chemical companies around the world. These chemicals undergo a heavy evaluation process, which involves the cooperation between chemical companies and Bluesign. First, chemical companies must pass a Bluesign audit to have their chemicals certified. Following the audit, chemical companies sign a corrective action plan to meet Bluesign criteria demands at their production sites. Once the process is complete, a chemical product is officially certified by Bluesign and approved for product production.
Unlike simplified chemical testing procedures, Bluesign measures substance management with a “Product Stewardship Program.” Using a systematic approach to achieve a constant quality, the “Product Stewardship Program” enables chemical companies to receive certification in an efficient manner.
The original Bluesign Bluetool was established in 2001, after textile industry members and chemical designers called for a more unified chemical management solution. With Bluesign Bluetool, harmful substances were eliminated from consumers products and business were able to minimize their carbon footprint. Today, Bluesign Bluetool contains over 600 banned chemical substances for reference.
In 2017, the company will release another Bluesign Bluetool version, which will highlight the latest risk assessment technology and include the requirements of the European Union Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) and the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
“There is no shortcut to detox the supply chain— our long experience proves that a ‘Bluesign light version’ doesn’t work at all,” Waeber said. “With the new Bluesign Bluefinder we are ready for the next generation of chemical assessment.”