30 September 2014
30 September 2014
Bayer MaterialScience and bluesign technologies are joining forces for a sustainable textile industry and want to advance their initiative globally.
The two companies have agreed to enter into a strategic alliance for this purpose. The objective is to ensure safe production processes and working conditions along the entire value chain.
The companies explain the new partnership with bluesign technologies fits in perfectly with Bayer MaterialScience's sustainability concept, which aims to improve people's lives while at the same time conserving resources and minimising the impact on mankind and the environment.
"Bayer MaterialScience has been supporting its customers for a long time now in achieving goals of both innovation and sustainability," explains Nicholas Smith, Global Head of Textile Coating at Bayer MaterialScience. "With our waterborne, totally solvent-free polyurethane raw materials, users currently can greatly improve industrial hygiene, cut energy consumption by 50%, and water use by as much as 95%."
According to Bayer MaterialScience, it has had the waterborne polyurethane dispersions in its Impranil line tested and certified under the bluesign system. Textile manufacturers in search of chemicals with bluesign certification can now find information on these products in the bluefinder database that currently has data on some 5,000 chemicals used in the industry.
"We are very pleased to welcome a worldwide leading raw materials supplier like Bayer MaterialScience as a bluesign systems partner," says its initiator and CEO Peter Waeber. "The company increases the range of certified substances that customers in the textile industry can use to achieve production operations that are compatible with both people and the environment. Bayer also supports our goal of further establishing the bluesign system as a global standard for a sustainable textile industry with the best possible consumer protection."
The company explains its bluesign system gives consideration to substance lists with restricted use and advises manufacturers on how to minimise hazards to people and the environment. By jointly using the system, participants can cut costs along the processing chain and meet new market demands more quickly. The "bluesign approved" label is accepted by both brand owners and major wholesalers.
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