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A careful approach to handling natural resources is a priority for us. Product longevity is a prime concern of our sustainable product development strategy, since this is mainly what reduces resource consumption over the long term. We do our very best to make sustainable, long-lasting, superior products that live up to customer expectations. In addition, we try to avoid any possible use of hazardous substances.
The Restricted Substance List (RSL) contains the minimum requirements, regarding every work stage and every component, that we demand from our suppliers right along our entire supply chain. The list is based on current legal regulations and also encompasses the majority of the requirements laid down by the bluesign® standard as well as other standards, which prohibit the use of hazardous substances prior to the production stage. The RSL applies for the following product areas: apparel, backpacks, sleeping bags, tents as well as textiles accessories.
Currently we work hard to ensure the right implementation of this RSL and aim to focus more on the control of it.
In the meantime we are also working to develop a RSL for our Footwear products.
SALEWA and DYNAFIT have been an official bluesign® system partner since summer 2011. The bluesign® system follows the strictest environmental standards and is a global product quality seal for consumer and environmental protection. The system centres around the principle of environmental protection, health and safety in the workplace and consumer protection. This Switzerland-based independent service provider not only aligns itself with the strictest international ecological standards but also relies on its own comprehensive risk assessments.
To produce sustainable products, both the materials and processes involved as well as the impact of production on the environment and end consumer must be scrutinised. To achieve this, the bluesign® system uses the Input Stream Management approach based on the five principles of resource productivity, air emissions, occupational health & safety, water emissions and consumer protection. The aim of the bluesign® system is to apply these five principles at all levels of the textile production chain. Textiles fulfilling these strict criteria are labeled “bluesign® approved fabric”. In our Summer 2015 collections over 40% of our used fabrics will be certified.
For outdoor clothing to receive its functionality, breathable membranes are equipped with water, dirt, grease, and oil-repellent finish. This, in turn, causes chemical by-products in the form of PFCs to be released during the production and manufacturing process.
The use of perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFC) is very controversial in the outdoor industry. Degrading slowly or not at all, PFCs survive in the soil and water for extended periods of time. According to the current state of knowledge, however, wearing the products or direct skin contact does not pose a health hazard to consumers. In its report “Chemistry for any weather,” Greenpeace also draws attention to the issue by calling on the entire outdoor industry to get rid of PFCs.
As an outdoor brand, we take this issue very seriously and are already working to find long-term solutions without PFCs.
We have made available for download a detailed statement explaining what action SALEWA has already taken including additional information on the issue.