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CHEMICALS IN TEXTILES

Textiles manufacturing requires chemicals, but to reduce the adverse impacts on the environment and minimise health and safety hazards, it’s a question of doing right by choosing the right chemicals. We work day-in, day-out to do just that.
 
Within Europe, the REACH Regulation on Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals addresses the use and presence of harmful substances in products and solutions. The aim of REACH is to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks posed by chemicals. In addition to REACH, the European Union is subject to additional legislation on chemicals such as the Stockholm Convention and the Biocides Directive. The legislation makes basic requirements, but our responsibility doesn’t stop there.

Blåkläder’s membership of the industry support network Swedish Chemicals Group under the Swerea IVF research institute and of the Swedish Association of Textile Importers keeps us up to speed on innovations, forthcoming legislation and the latest research reports on chemical substances. As members of networks, we and industry colleagues, assisted by experts from the Swerea research institution and chemists, publish the Chemicals Guide; a set of best-practice guidelines on dealing with suppliers and using chemicals.
 
All combined, this is what enables us to engage proactively and at an early stage of production to influence the manufacturer’s choice of production chemicals and intrinsic compounds to ensure that we are jointly making the right choices.