Following the sign – BlueSign

2018-09-27T12:10:29+00:00September 27, 2018|Sustainability|

Bluesign

Bluesign technologies is a pioneer in the field of sustainable textiles since 2000. Their vision was to help companies in the textile industry reduce their impact on people and the environment. Other organisations were doing something similar, but Bluesign wanted to go further. It wasn’t enough to simply vet a finished product; they had to oversee and ensure sustainability in the aspect of the production process. And they had a point. Dyeing textiles produces almost 20% of all industrial water pollution globally. The manufacturing process results in air pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, which damages the environment and human health. The textile industry is full of practices and processes that lack sustainability, which can’t be seen in a finished product.

Bluesign

Bluesign technologies is a pioneer in the field of sustainable textiles since 2000. Their vision was to help companies in the textile industry reduce their impact on people and the environment. Other organisations were doing something similar, but Bluesign wanted to go further. It wasn’t enough to simply vet a finished product; they had to oversee and ensure sustainability in the aspect of the production process. And they had a point. Dyeing textiles produces almost 20% of all industrial water pollution globally. The manufacturing process results in air pollutants such as sulphur dioxide, which damages the environment and human health. The textile industry is full of practices and processes that lack sustainability, which can’t be seen in a finished product.

Hand Dying
Hand Dying

Partnership

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.

Partnership

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.

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