US: Nike to speed the supply of sustainable materials
Nike said it is committed to catalysing a major change in the world of materials
Nike is teaming up with Swiss company Bluesign Technologies to accelerate the supply of more sustainable materials for use in the sportswear giant's products.
Bluesign Technologies will provide Nike with its Bluesign Bluefinder and Bluesign Blueguide tools, which will be rolled out across the company's global supply chain. Their reach will extend to nearly 50 countries and 800 factories, with hundreds of textile manufacturers supplying the materials to make Nike products.
Bluefinder allows suppliers to access pre-screened and more sustainable textile preparations including dye systems, detergents and other chemicals used in the manufacturing process.
It enables suppliers to effectively manage restricted substances and provides the opportunity to increase water and energy efficiency. The Blueguide gives Nike access to 30,000+ materials produced using chemicals from the Bluefinder at facilities that have undergone rigorous assessment.
Nike, which introduced a Restricted Substances List in 2001, is encouraging its textile manufacturers and chemical suppliers to work to eliminate hazardous substances.
It said the relationship with Bluesign Technologies allows it to put a set of positive chemistries in the hands of its material suppliers.
Around 60% of the environmental impact of a pair of shoes is in the materials used, Nike says, noting that encouraging the development and supply of more sustainable materials can be "potentially significant".
"Nike is committed to catalysing a major change in the world of materials, driving for the elimination of hazardous substances and innovating new, sustainable materials," said Hannah Jones, Nike VP of sustainable business and innovation.
"To shift to a palette of entirely sustainable materials, multiple stakeholders must work together to innovate new chemistry, encourage the use and scale of better chemistry, and eliminate harmful chemistry."
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