That’s why Alpha wants to begin the process of partnering with Bluesign, and eventually producing an entire range of outfitsystems™ that are Bluesign certified by 2021. We truly believe in sustainability and the responsibility companies have to minimize the harm they cause. Bluesign is truly an organisation that considers the textile industry holistically. To be Bluesign certified is a sign of being sustainable in every practice that a company makes. This is especially important because the consumer often does not see many of these practices. The Bluesign label is proof to a customer that a company is invested in sustainability in every aspect of their work.
Bluesign approaches sustainability through a set of principles, which help reach a larger goal of sustainability by considering smaller goals of:
- Resource productivity
- Consumer safety
- Water emission
- Air emission
- Occupational Health and Safety
Our process of becoming a Bluesign system partner includes a comprehensive restructuring of how we see our supply chain. We must actively seek to use chemicals that cause the least amount of harm possible. Any manufacturing centre that produces Alpha garments will be required to install a wastewater treatment facility alongside cleaning and recycling any exhaust fumes that are produced. This process will require us to pay attention to and utilise new innovations in the industry, from the introduction of new fabrics made from recycled materials to new technologies in the dyeing process.
The road to Bluesign is the road to sustainability and innovation in the textile industry, and that’s the road Alpha wants to be on.