Berghaus has announced that it has joined the international bluesign® sustainability system. The development is part of an ongoing program designed to eliminate harmful substances from the firm’s supply chain, by identifying and working with responsible textile mills and component suppliers.
In recent years, Berghaus has dedicated more resources to reducing
the environmental impact of its activities. A particular focus has been
placed on water use in product manufacture, recognizing the increasing
pressure that is being put on this limited resource by growing
populations and industrialization.
The textile industry in particular is highly water intensive, both in
terms of extraction and pollution, with an estimated 20% of global
industrial water pollution coming from the treatment and dyeing of
textiles alone. Berghaus’ commitment extends to working with suppliers
and textile mills who are able to demonstrate they can manage water in
the cleanest and most efficient ways, minimizing the impact on the water
systems in the countries from which they source. In 2014, the company
revealed details of a new coloring technology it introduced for a range
of woven products, which reduces water use by 89% compared to
traditional methods, while also reducing chemical use by 63% and
significantly reducing CO2 emissions.
bluesign® is a globally renowned initiative which works with chemical
suppliers, textile mills and component manufacturers to eliminate
harmful substances from the supply chain; ensuring that products are
safe for consumers, workers and the environment. Led by its corporate
sustainability officer Elaine Gardiner, Berghaus has worked with
bluesign® and its supply chain to ensure that its products meet
demanding requirements in terms of hazardous substances, worker safety
and environmental protection.
Consumers will soon be able to find numerous products in the current
Berghaus range which contain bluesign® approved fabrics, including the
award winning ECO Wovens apparel that was introduced in March this
year. The company is aiming for 70% of its products to contain a
bluesign® approved fabric by spring/summer 2016.
Elaine Gardiner comments:
“Berghaus is delighted to be joining the bluesign® system. We have
put a great deal of work into this project and this is a very
significant moment for the brand. bluesign® has major credibility
around the world and will give retailers and consumers assurance that
our products not only perform but are more environmentally friendly than
ever. However, we won’t stop now. We will continue the drive to
design and develop socially and environmentally responsible products in
every part of the Berghaus collection.”
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