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2020 Sustainability Report
published 2021/08/02

Systematically better: bluesign® system

The bluesign® system is like a German “purity law” for textiles – the goal is the lowest possible impact on people and the planet.

Our ecological purity law

VAUDE uses a very high percentage of bluesign® system certified materials in each of its Collections. The advantage: clean materials that are processed with the efficient use of resources.

The use of energy, water and raw materials throughout the entire supply chain is continuously monitored and optimized. Only pre-approved chemicals are permitted. This reduces emissions, waste and wastewater that harm the environment.

As a result, you get a high performance VAUDE product made using environmentally friendly manufacturing processes.

The bluesign® system is a component of Green Shape

VAUDE has been working together with the bluesign® system since 2001. We have fully integrated the standard into the VAUDE Green Shape criteria.

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When a product meets the standards of the bluesign® system, it is also considered a VAUDE Green Shape product. With one exception: water repellent materials with a fluorocarbon finish – while the bluesign® system still allows its use (C6 technology), Green Shape products are required to be 100 % PFC-free. Read more here


Proportion of bluesign® system certified fabrics in the Apparel Collection

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Percentage of bluesign® system partners for material suppliers 2018 - 2020

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VAUDE determines a very high proportion of the materials to be used in our products, in particular all of the primary materials. This means that we specify both the materials our producers should buy and which suppliers they should buy them from. Small volumes from a variety of suppliers are involved, which slightly distorts the visual representation above, as the graph is not related to material input. For the calculation of the total number of our material suppliers, we reckon an average of one non-nominated supplier per product area. There are overlaps in several product areas.

Limits lower than those allowed by law

The bluesign® system is an “Input Stream Management”. Only “clean”, certified components can be used. This results in clean, safe and environmentally friendly products.

The bluesign® system guarantees that no Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) identified by the European REACH regulations (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) are to be found in the products. The limits for chemical substances are often lower in the bluesign® system than legal limits.

Tackling the problem at its source

The bluesign® system tackles the problem at its source. Instead of analyzing finished products for chemical substances, the bluesign® system monitors the upstream supply chain of all components used (fabrics, yarns, chemical finishes such as dyes, etc.).

All input and output streams are examined. Only materials that meet the strict bluesign® system criteria make their way into the production cycle.

Our key supplier VAUDE Vietnam, for example, is bluesign® system audited and ISO 14001 certified.

Chemicals on the radar

The strict limits of the bluesign® system help to protect consumers, lower the burden on the environment and conserve resources. Within the bluesign® system over 9000 restricted or prohibited chemical substances are monitored.

VAUDE has taken on these substances and their limits in its own Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL). In our VAUDE Greenpeace Detox Commitment we are at times even stricter than the bluesign® system.

GRI:   103-1
Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary
GRI:   103-2
The management approach and its components
GRI:   103-3
Evaluation of the management approach
GRI:   301-1
Materials used by weight or volume
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