What Is It and
Why Does It Matter?

THE bluesign® SYSTEM

There may not be a single lab coat in our closets—more like tech tees and flannel—but chemistry plays a significant role in what we do, from dyes to durable water repellent (DWR) and beyond.

The bluesign SYSTEM helps us promote, adopt and implement safe chemistry and responsible practices throughout our supply chain so we can be better stewards, from the resources we use to the people we encounter and the environments we recreate in.

Our Seasonal Progress

Percentage* of textile products with bluesign APPROVED main body fabric

61%

SPRING 2022

67%

FALL 2022

93%

SPRING 2023

95%

FALL 2023

96%

SPRING 2024

* Percentages are based on the number of styles offered for a particular season; see Fabric Specs on product pages for details.

bluesign SYSTEM PARTNER SINCE 2021

Signing on as a bluesign SYSTEM PARTNER in 2021 helped us take a closer look at our production values and implement guidelines to help ensure each step of a product’s lifecycle is held to rigorous third-party standards—from the environment to workers to you.

THE bluesign SYSTEM HELPS US IDENTIFY AND UPHOLD STRINGENT STANDARDS...

THROUGH CHEMISTRY

  • bluesign makes sure safe chemicals are used from the very first stage of textile production, and throughout the entire textile supply chain, through the Input Stream Management system.
  • bluesign is built on a chemical inventory and management database encompassing over 20 years of research.
  • bluesign experts help partners navigate their chemical usage and offer trusted transparency for brands and consumers.

 

 source: bluesign FAQ(Opens in a new window)

THROUGH SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

  • bluesign SYSTEM PARTNERS are duty-bound to provide a safe workplace for employees.
  • bluesign SYSTEM PARTNERS confirm compliance with principles and rights at work from selected International Labour Organization conventions
  • bluesign SYSTEM PARTNERS must apply chemical change management, excellent process control and follow restrictions and bans for substances in chemical products to ensure a high level of consumer safety.

 

source: bluesign CRITERIA for production sites(Opens in a new window)

bluesign DESIGNATIONS

You’ll notice many of our products carry the bluesign PRODUCT label, which meets bluesign’s strict environmental and worker safety standards throughout all elements of the product. In others, we’re using bluesign APPROVED materials. Here’s the difference:

bluesign APPROVED MATERIALS

  • Textiles and components carrying the bluesign APPROVED label meet the strict safety and environmental requirements of the bluesign CRITERIA.
  • Designed to keep harmful substances on the bluesign SYSTEM SUBSTANCE LIST out of the manufacturing process at each step of the supply chain
  • Ensures approved chemical products and raw materials are used throughout the value chain
  • Guarantees a high level of consumer safety
  • Promotes responsible use of resources

bluesign PRODUCT

  • Consumer products carrying the bluesign PRODUCT label meet the strict safety and environmental requirements of the bluesign CRITERIA, as a whole.
  • These products are made of bluesign APPROVED fabric and components and are produced in a resource-conserving way to lower the impact on people and the environment.
  • A minimum of 90% bluesign APPROVED fabrics/yarns
  • A minimum of 20% bluesign APPROVED components
  • Any remaining fabrics, materials or components must come from a qualified supplier
  • Manufacturing adheres to selected International Labour Organization standard

Shifting main body panels and liners to bluesign APPROVED fabric was a key first step toward lessening our impact. Today, a vast majority of our products use bluesign APPROVED fabric, disclosed on our product pages and hangtags.

Then, Now and Looking Forward

Our first bluesign PRODUCT, the Talon™ Earth 22, helped establish a more rigorous, holistic application of the bluesign CRITERIA. Since its release, we've applied those standards to a growing list of bluesign PRODUCTS across each category of our business. Look for the bluesign PRODUCT logo on relevant product pages.

 

As we continue designing high-quality, innovative products for outdoor, travel and everyday use, we carry on our commitment to reducing environmental impacts and producing more sustainably designed products. bluesign is a key partner in that effort.

bluesign is a key partner in our commitment to reducing environmental impacts and producing more sustainably designed products.

We are providing the above information to our product consumers. Unless the context indicates otherwise, the terms “the company”, “we”, “us” and “our” refer to Osprey. For more information regarding Helen of Troy’s environmental, social and governance approach and performance, including information regarding Helen of Troy’s forward-looking statements, please see Helen of Troy’s Environmental, Social and Governance Report (ESG Report) available at www.helenoftroy.com/esg(Opens in a new window)(Opens in a new window).

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