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Adidas opts for Bluesing approved chemicals in its products

Sporting goods giant Adidas will use only Bluesign-approved chemicals in its supply chain. The company will work closely with its suppliers in making the change, training them and adapting their production processes. Adidas has a partnership with Bluesign Technologies as a part of its strategy for managing chemicals in its supply chain.

Bluesign tests and assesses chemicals to check for toxicity and environmental harm. It also audits the companies that make the chemicals before classifying - and grading - the screened chemicals in a database. Access to the database will help Adidas’ suppliers make smarter choices about the chemicals used in making its products.

Earlier the company would specify a particular finish for a product and let the supplier choose the chemicals to achieve it. Now suppliers have to go to Bluesign for chemicals. This provides a greater degree of assurance and a guarantee that its suppliers will choose the best chemicals as inputs.

Adidas has a goal of eliminating hazardous chemicals from its products and supply chain by 2020. It’s trying to ensure 99 per cent of all its products are free of poly fluorinated chemicals by 2017.  The company is also aiming for full supply chain transparency by 2020.