Italian spinner Safil has become Bluesign accredited, becoming the first spinner to achieve the certification in Italy.

Bluesign eliminates harmful substances from the beginning of the textile manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production.

Safil, which produces performance wool blends, said it intends to uphold the principles and monitor the implementation of the Bluesign system. It is also encouraging its suppliers to "increase their efforts for better sustainability, both to consumers and the environment, in whole textile sector".

Safil joins around 400 companies already Bluesign approved, including Adidas, The North Face, Huntsman, Patagonia, and Gore-Tex.