Berghaus has announced that it is the first British clothing brand to join the bluesign® system. The development is part of an ongoing sustainability programme designed to eliminate harmful substances from the company's supply chain, by identifying and working with responsible textile mills and component suppliers.
In recent years, Berghaus has dedicated more resource to reducing the environmental impact of its activities. A particular focus has been placed on water use in product manufacture, recognising the increasing pressure that is being put on this limited resource by growing populations and industrialisation.
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, minimising the impact on the water systems in the countries from which they source. In 2014, the company revealed details of a new colouring 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 an industry leading 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 their 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 for spring/summer 2015. 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."