We know our customers like to know exactly what they're buying; we're not going to sugar coat it, but we are going to explain it. We've divided up all of the sustainable features we've identified across our product ranges and grouped them into three so you know how your purchase is making an impact: Think Nature, Think Welfare, Think People.
The Berghaus Recognition Pack - Jet Black has the following sustainability attributes...
A bluesign® approved product consists of at least 90% bluesign® approved textiles and/or 30% bluesign approved accessories. The aim of the bluesign® system is responsible use of resources, clean processes with controlled air and water emissions, safe processes for the workers and safe products for consumers. Bluesign® is an independent third party and sets out strict criteria for manufacturers and brands to follow to be certified bluesign. By buying bluesign®, you are guaranteed a product that has been made with the least harmful substances possible.
Find out more here: https://www.bluesign.com/en
Getting colour into fabrics isn't as simple as you might think. Traditionally, fabrics are batch-dyed, but more brands are becoming aware of the water and carbon saving ability of solution dyeing. That's a 90% reduction in water usage and 96% reduction in CO2 emissions - certainly not to be dismissed. This technique adds pigment to the fibre while the plastic is still molten - so, yes, it is only applicable to plastic based yarns.
A secondary eco dyeing technique is the use of natural pigments. Plant based dyes are sourced from sustainable crops and applied in a cold-water process, which can use 65% less water than traditional methods.
By recycling fabrics, we are not only stopping extra waste heading to landfill but also reducing the need for virgin fabrics to be created. Recycled fabrics can be anything from recycled polyester to recycled cotton and where recycled cotton is used, it's often offcuts from factory floors that would otherwise end up in landfill.
This brand partners with the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI). The ETI was founded in 1998 and works to improve working conditions in global supply chains by implementing their Base Code of labour practice, which is based on the UN’s International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) standards. They work from nine principles: employment is chosen; freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected; working conditions are safe and hygienic; child labour shall not be used; living wages are paid; working hours are not excessive; no discrimination is practised; regular employment is provided; no harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed. Their remit is vast and cover industries from apparel to food and agriculture.
Find out more about the ETI here: https://www.ethicaltrade.org/.
This brand partners with ACT. ACT is a collaboration of global brands and ensures people in supply chains are paid a living wage and paid on time. They do this via collective bargaining at industry level, freedom of association and responsible purchasing practices.
Find out more about ACT here: https://actonlivingwages.com/.