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August 15, 2022

Bluesign Finder upgrade to define green attributes in chemicals

The Bluesign Finder database of over 20,000 chemical products has been upgraded to define the most important sustainability attributes to allow textile producers to make better decisions on chemical use.

By Hannah Abdulla

The Bluesign Finder is a web-based, advanced search engine for manufacturers, containing a positive list of preferred chemical products.

Bluesign-approved chemical products already meet the stringent Bluesign criteria for chemical assessment. That means the approved chemicals are produced following best occupational health and safety (OH&S) practices with less environmental impact and excellent product stewardship following the principles of Input Stream Management and sustainable chemistry. Textiles processed with Bluesign-approved chemicals meet the highest level of consumer safety.

Now, in addition to the existing functions within the Bluesign Finder, Bluesign System Partner chemical suppliers can claim selected sustainability attributes for their Bluesign-approved chemical products that will be displayed within the Bluesign Finder. Bluesign will verify sustainability claims during on-site assessments and through chemical assessments.

The Bluesign Finder will be amended with search functions starting this year with the below first priority attributes:

Renewable feedstock (biomass or bio-based)

The sustainability attribute ‘Renewable feedstock (biomass or bio-based)’ is intended for use with any chemical product that contains at least 20% biomass content by weight in the form of biomass-derived carbon. 

Sustainably sourced renewable feedstock (biomass or bio-based)

The sustainability attribute ‘sustainably sourced renewable feedstock (biomass or bio-based)’ is intended for use with any chemical product that contains at least 20% biomass content by weight in the form of biomass-derived carbon. The biomass content shall originate from land that is certified sustainable.

Recycled content

The sustainability attribute ‘Recycled content’ is intended for use with any chemical product that contains at least 20% recycled content by weight. For the calculation of the recycled content only the dry content of the chemical product shall be regarded, excluding water.

This year, Bluesign System Partner chemical suppliers can start to register these selected sustainability attributes for their Bluesign-approved chemical products. The Bluesign Finder will evolve and a comprehensive online search engine for sustainable textile auxiliaries and dyes will be implemented.

In addition to these selected attributes, further sustainability attributes are under discussion with the relevant stakeholder groups and subjected to future provisions. These attributes are also one of the puzzle pieces in the Sustainability Index for chemical products developed by SCTI in cooperation with Bluesign.

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