Many aspects of production have an impact on the environment. These aspects include choice of materials, the amount of waste produced, the chemical additives used and the actual production methods used, which can include dyeing, production technology and energy consumption. The chosen transport methods also affect the environment. Transport can be rationalised by ordering larger batches. This is one of the reasons why Texstar has one of the market’s best-stocked warehouses.
Another important factor is product packaging. We use recyclable packaging whenever possible.
Most people will know from watching TV how bad working conditions can be in textile factories around the world. In order to monitor the daily routines in our production facilities, we favour long-standing collaboration with selected factories where we have full control of production. The employees must have favourable working conditions, both in terms of safety and wages, and must be free to organise trade unions. Needless to say, the same principles apply in Sweden: Texstar should be a good company to work for.
We comply with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and expect our subcontractors to do the same. Among other things, this means zero tolerance of child labour and discrimination. Although this may seem natural to us in Sweden, it is not as obvious in many other parts of the world.
Finance is crucial to a company’s survival. We aim to be part of a financial system that generates profits both for the employees in our organisation and for our customers. When an organisation has healthy finances, its operations generate long-term benefits for all stakeholders without compromising on social and environmental sustainability.
Texstar is environmentally certified according to ISO ISO14001:2015, which demonstrates our ambition to continuously improve and develop our environmental management so that everyone in the company works in the same direction. Our environmental policy also helps our subcontractors comply with our environmental goals. Our ISO certification supports us in achieving our continuous environmental improvement goals.
Clothing production is a global process in which the various stages of production – from raw materials to finished products – are often located in different parts of the world. Oeko-Tex is an international organisation where textile products are tested and certified through all stages of production by independent international institutes. The Oeko-Tex criteria catalogue is aimed at creating a collective vision regarding potentially harmful substances.
Oeko-Tex provides companies in the textile and clothing industry with a set of common assessment standards, while giving end consumers the benefit of tested safety, for instance in the form of skin-friendly clothing.
The requirements of the standard vary according to the intended use of the end product, and are divided into four product classes. Texstar products meet all the requirements in Product Class II regarding the materials and components used. This gives you assurance that Texstar clothing is safe to wear against your skin. Read more about Oeko-Tex on www.oeko-tex.com
REACH is a European Union regulation aimed at reducing the diffusion of hazardous chemicals. REACH requires all old and new chemicals on the market to be registered, evaluated and authorised. This means that Texstar is required to:
■ register the chemicals we manufacture or import
■ prepare and supply a safety data sheet or equivalent information to the recipients of the chemicals
■ ascertain whether a permit is required for the chemical in question
■ if we want to continue using or releasing a chemical in a market where a permit is required, we must apply for a permit
■ keep abreast with any limitations that apply to the chemical or mixtures containing it.
You can read more about REACH on the website of the Swedish Chemicals Agency (Kemikalieinspektionen), www.kemi.se/en.