Textiles

We impose environmental requirements on different types of textiles, both natural and man-made fibres, and on the entire production chain, from fibre to finished garment.

The eco-label Bra Miljöval is an important tool for The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) to help consumers to make better sustainable choices when buying textiles.

By eco-labelling their products, companies get an independent review of their production. And if they fulfil our requirements in the criteria, they also get an opportunity to promote their work for sustainability.

In our work for reducing the environmental impact of our textile consumption, we also inform people about other ways than buying new items and instead think of buying second hand or re-designed. Other ways are to invest in quality products and take care of them for a long life.  Wash them correctly and not more often than necessary, and avoid tumble-drying.

The criteria for Bra Miljöval Textiles cover the following areas:

Bra Miljöval, Fibre and Finishing

Bra Miljöval, Second hand

Bra Miljöval, Re-design with and without Finishing  

Environmental problems in textile production

The media first highlighted environmental problems due to textile production in the early nineties. The biggest perceived threat was from the cultivation of cotton with its pesticide spraying and artificial irrigation. In recent years there have been several reports about the environmental impact from the production of the textile material such as dyeing and finishing, but also the impact it has on workers health. For the consumer there can be risks for their health for example allergenic effects due to certain dyestuff.