Since 2001, VAUDE has been working together with bluesign® technologies ag. The bluesign® system is the world’s most stringent standard for environmental protection and consumer safety for textile products. It can be compared to an ecological purity law: only materials are used that do not have a negative impact on people or nature.
The aim of the bluesign® system is the greatest possible efficiency in the use of resources. bluesign® technologies ag monitors and optimizes the use of energy, water, raw materials and chemicals throughout the supply chain. In addition, emissions and waste water as well as the handling of hazardous substances are regulated in the workplace.
With "Input Stream Management", the bluesign® system ensures that only "clean" components are used as resource efficiently as possible. This results in clean, safe and environmentally friendly products.
The bluesign® system guarantees that no "substances of very high concern" (SVHC) according to the European REACH regulation (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) are contained in the products. In general, limit values for harmful substances in the bluesign® system are lower than the legal limits and also lower than those of other textile standards.
One important exception consists of water repellent materials treated with fluorocarbons. The bluesign® system allows for the use of C6 technologies. However, for our Green Shape products, the use of fluorocarbons is not allowed. Learn more about Green Shape here.
bluesign® technologies ag works with a concept that addresses the problem at its roots: Instead of considering only the finished product and analyzing its chemical substances, bluesign® technologies ag monitors the upstream production processes of the components (fabrics, yarns, chemical additives such as dyes, etc.) of a product.
VAUDE Tettnang-Obereisenbach and our major supplier VAUDE Vietnam are bluesign® audited and ISO 14001 certified.
All input and output streams are examined. Only materials that meet the stringent bluesign® criteria find their way into the production cycle.
The strict bluesign® limits help to protect consumers, protect the environment and conserve resources. Within the bluesign® system, over 900 limited or prohibited substances are also monitored.
VAUDE took all of these substances and their limits and created its own Restricted Substances List (RSL) .
The bluesign® system distinguishes between two quality levels:
New here is that the bluesign® system has become much more stringent in this regard: until the end of 2015, outdoor products such as raincoats were allowed to carry this label when they were made from at least 90% bluesign® certified materials. Now these finished products may no longer bear this label.
This strict criteria of the bluesign® system are quite a challenge. At the same time they raise the bar and inspire the entire textile industry to strive for even greater efforts in environmental and consumer protection.
Details on the percentage of bluesign® certified suppliers and materials can be found here.