The bluesign standard is the result of a project initiative in 1997, and the organization bluesign ag was established in 2000 in Switzerland. Currently, bluesign is collaborating with SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company to facilitate the implementation of the bluesign standard throughout the textile supply chain by using the SGS’s worldwide network of trained professionals.
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The bluesign standard is built around five principles:
Occupational health and safety
Instead of focusing on finished product testing, all input streams – from raw materials, chemical components, water and energy resources – are analyzed prior to production. Components are assessed based on their toxicological and ecological properties and risks. Potentially harmful substances can be eliminated before production begins.
A key aspect of the bluesign standard is never to compromise on product functionality, quality or design.
Manufacturing bluesign partners have undergone an on-site screening that evaluates the local environmental, resource and workplace situation according to the five principles of the bluesign standard, and are committed to best environmental and safety practices.