What is the BlueSign® standard?
The BlueSign® standard combines aspects of consumer safety, water and air emissions as well as occupational health in a single standard. This is done with the overall general objective of minimizing the use of scarce resources. With its practical and solution-orientated approach, the BlueSign® standard creates transparency along the whole textile production chain without compromising functionality, quality or design.
The BlueSign standard helps factories implement an input-stream management system for raw materials. This includes the screening of chemicals, which are assigned to one of three categories: blue (safe to use), grey (special handling required), and black (forbidden under the standard). The BlueSign® standard helps factories eliminate black chemicals and find suitable alternatives.
We became an official BlueSign partner in November 2010. As a BlueSign partner, we can go further and dig deeper in our quest to become 100% sustainable. Currently 80% of our products are made from recycled or renewable fibers. An even greater proportion is recyclable or biodegradable. Our goal is to reach 100%. Our timeline? As soon as possible!
With our holistic approach to sustainability, BlueSign® provides us with the knowledge, more control and an improvement mechanism at a supplier-level that would be impossible for us to implement ourselves. Together we have greater impact and can provide the necessary pressure, support and inspiration for others to be able to follow our lead.
Houdini BlueSigned partners
Our intention is to work only with suppliers that work according to the BlueSign standard. We have existing suppliers that aren't BlueSigned today; however, we haven’t replaced them as we have confidence in that they work in a sustainable way, that aligns with the environmental goals of Houdini.
For example, most of Teijin’s fabrics are produced from recycled material, and Eurojersey holds an ISO 14000 certification, have their own sun-cells on the roof of their factories and plant 1 meter of rain forest in Brazil for every meter fabric sold.