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Risk prevention Implementation of existing safety standards (e.g. OHSAS 18001). STeP certi fi cation considers three different levels describing the extent to which the company has achieved sustainable production and working conditions: Level 1 = Entry level Level 2 = Good implementation with further optimization potential Level 3 = Exemplary implementation in the sense of a best-practice example The STeP scoring system is an important tool for continuous improvement. 184 L. Almeida
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5 Bluesign The Bluesign system was also designed to be a solution for a sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production. This not only ensures that the fi nal textile product meets very stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide, but it also provides con fi dence to consumers that they are acquiring a sustainable product. The idea of the Bluesign system arose from practical experience, in a joint effort from a textile company (Schoeller Textil), a retailer company (Nike), and a chemical company (Huntsman). It was an effort to develop a textile product with the least possible impact on the environment coupled with resource-conserving pro- duction and safety for workers and consumers. Bluesign developed from a project initiative in 1997, in order to guarantee that the system is independent and therefore implementable for the greatest possible number of companies. The company Bluesign Technologies AG was founded in 2000, with headquarters in Switzerland. The label Bluesign claims to be the independent industry textile standard because it was developed from the industry and retailers and not by of fi cial authorities (like EU Ecolabel) or testing laboratories (like Oeko-Tex 100 or STeP). Bluesign is based on fi ve principles: Resource productivity Resource productivity refers to the sustainable use of raw materials and energy. The aim is to produce textiles of maximum quality and added value by mini- mizing the consumption of resources as well as reducing the environmental impact. Using as few resources as possible during the complete process auto- matically involves cost ef fi ciency. The environmental impact decreases while the added value of the products increases. Finally, the textile companies reduce their ecological footprint, consisting of energy and material input per kilogram of manufactured textile products. Consumer safety Consumers are sensitive not only to the safety of the textile products they buy but also to the conditions under which a product has been manufactured. Therefore, consumer safety has to include both the promise of high-quality textile products without health risks, as well as assurance that sustainability was implemented in each step of the production process. Bluesign promotes pro- active manufacturers that are able to meet the requirements of their customers for sustainable and reliable products even before legal obligations force them to act.
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