The Bluesign System for sustainable textile production has been recognised as a qualifier for Green Public Procurement (GPP) of textile articles in Germany, including uniforms and protective clothing worn by firefighters, police forces and the military.
Bluesign traces textiles along the manufacturing process to the finished product, eliminating harmful substances and setting and controlling standards for environmentally friendly and safe production. This not only ensures the final textile product meets stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide, but also provides confidence to the consumer that the product is sustainable.
EU governments and authorities are trying to lead by example and change to Green Public Procurement (GPP) practices for the large volumes of goods (and services) they purchase. The EU Green Deal will further drive this trend in the EU.
The rules and requirements for public procurement in the EU are defined in Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014.
Environmental label requirements defined in Article 43 stipulate open, transparent and comprehensible processes for the creation, revision and application of label criteria which are implemented in the national legislation of the member states such as Germany (German Federal Regulation on the Award of Public Contracts).
Provided that the requirements are fulfilled, the labels concerned can be used in public procurement processes according to applicable procurement guidelines.
“Public procurement of textile articles is a large market and governments will increasingly focus on the procurement of sustainable textiles,” says Thomas Schaefer, head of bluesign Academy. “Governmental bodies should be a forerunner, and in some countries there are already commitments to achieve a certain level of sustainable textiles in procurement decisions. With our label a wide range of textile articles with high technical performance will now be accepted.”