Bluesign Standards with Reflective Tape and Textiles
As the years press on, our natural resources are growing more and more limited. A good steward of the economy ensures that products are manufactured in a way that not only protects our natural resources but also avoids harm to the environment.
That’s the primary purpose behind the Bluesign certification and standards within the European textile industry. Bluesign has pushed for years to evaluate the way companies utilize resources for production of things like reflective tape and other textules, as well as the consumption of natural resources in the production of these items.
When analyzing products and the manufacturing process, Bluesign addresses a wide range of safety issues and environment concerns that includes emission controls, resource management and the chemicals and materials used during production and post-production. There are a variety of testing standards in place within the textile industry that flag items that cannot be used, but Bluesign is designed to certify materials and components that have been tested to prove they are efficient, environmentally friendly and can be used responsibly to avoid harm to the environment.
Auditing the Reflective Tape Industry
Bluesign plays a vital role in the production of reflective tape, auditing the energy, water and resource consumption of its members who seek Bluesign certification. This not helps the public and other vendors to know which products are safe for use but it also helps to improve the efficiency and green standards ion the production process – such as with manufacturers reducing their carbon footprint.
When a manufacturer of reflective tape agrees to work with Bluesign and seek certification, they agree to follow certain established production and manufacturing standards to improve their environmental performance. This includes efficient use of resources, consumer safety and avoidance of hazardous materials, reduced water use, reduction in unclean emissions and improved air quality and occupational health and safety standards during production.
Those who are members must regularly report their progress in adhering to these standards as well as continued improvement to reach specific goals once certification is achieved. Bluesign also continues to audit members on a regular basis, on a product by product basis, to ensure that members meet minimum standards in order to maintain their certifications.
Improving the Way Reflective Tape is Made
Reflective tape is designed to protect the individual worker and avoid accidents in the work place, whether that’s outside or inside. Unfortunately, it does little good if the production process is harmful to the environment.
When production is configured for maximum productivity with minimal emissions, waste and resource use then it is a sign to vendors and manufacturers that a product is designed in the safest possible way. A business displaying their Bluesign certification is proudly stating their devotion to a better environment above and beyond the safety provided by the product itself. Without a shadow of a doubt, Bluesign is helping reflective tape manufacturers operate more efficiently to provide a better world – not only now – but for future generations to come.
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By Stig Nordli, CEO Loxy | Sto-Nor Industri AS