Standards, Certifications & Labels
At a Glance
bluesign® is an independent textile industry standard. It's goal is to improve environmental, health and safety conditions as well as improve resource efficiency along the whole textile supply chain. The standard supports compliance with new national and international legislative standards and aims to do this without compromising functionality, quality, or design. It is used by raw material and component suppliers that manufacture yarns, dyes, and additives, as well as textile manufacturers.
The bluesign® certified fabric, textiles and accessories are then used by brands in their products and sold to retailers.
bluesign® Technologies AG
Type of Entity
Focus of Evaluation
Substances (chemicals, ingredients), products, companies
Product Stage of Life Evaluated
Raw materials, manufacturing, consumer use, end of life
Air emissions, environmental health, human health, material impacts, water emissions, & worker health and safety. See bluesign® standard: www.bluesign.com/index.php?id=151
The bluesign® standard brings together the entire textile manufacturing chain; all input streams are analyzed (from raw materials to chemical components to resources). Components are then evaluated according to their EHS impacts and placed into three categories:
In addition to criteria for the bluesign® standard, bluesign® also provides specific criteria for textile manufacturers, production sites, and chemical suppliers, and provides a bluesign® standard substances list (BSSL) that specifies the restrictions for consumer safety that are enforced by the bluesign® standard. Retailers using bluesign® approved fabric, textiles, and accessories can have the final product bluesign® safety certified.
Product CategoriesApparel & Footwear; Furniture; Textiles
Suppliers of chemical components must provide detailed chemical and toxicological data in order for bluesign® to determine if the components meet the bluesign® standard. An on-site audit of suppliers to verify the handling of chemicals and EHS management is also required. For manufacturers, EHS and general production data covering one year is collected, followed by a detailed on-site evaluation of the EHS impacts. This results in bluesign® providing a detailed report with recommendations for changes to the components and processes used.
Cost of Tool
An annual membership fee is paid by bluesign® members who actively support the development of the standard. An alternative approach is to subscribe to the bluefinder™ - an online database designed for textile manufacturers which contains bluesign®-approved components (auxiliaries, dyestuffs, finishing agents, coatings, etc.).
The standard is updated periodically when new chemical components and processes are introduced.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Strengths: The bluesign® standard supports compliance with international legislative standards, without compromising functionality, quality, or design. It helps suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, and brands work together to reduce the environmental footprint of a product and foster a responsible textile industry.
Weaknesses: Allows chemicals given a “grey” rating to be used without specifying what the grey chemicals are.
Examples of Retailers That Use It
Patagonia, REI, North Face, Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC)
Similar Tools that Serve the Same Industry or Product Category
Oeko-tex® Standard 100, Global Organic Textile Standard
For More Information
bluesign® technologies ag: 41 (0)71 272 2990, email@example.com