Coop is committed to reducing chemicals in textile production
Coop is the first Swiss company to sign a declaration of intent with Greenpeace with the aim of reducing hazardous chemicals in textile production by 2020.
Greenpeace Detox campaign
The environmental organization Greenpeace has been campaigning for the reduction of hazardous chemicals in textile production for many years. Its Detox campaign focuses on combating water and soil pollution, together with the effects on the health of employees in production countries.
What does Coop do?
By signing the declaration of intent, Coop is demonstrating its commitment to sustainability in the area of fair, environmentally friendly textile production. In the field of all own-label textile brands, Coop implements a number of different measures to reduce chemicals, e.g.:
- Passing a textiles and leather guideline to regulate social, environmental and toxicological requirements for farming and processing
- Requiring business partners to maintain transparent supply chains and to switch over to non-hazardous chemicals
- A working group within Coop regularly addresses all topics relating to textiles, plans specific measures and implements them
- Establishment of a chemicals specialist team within Coop
- Implementation of controls in supply chains and execution of random samples
What has Coop already done?
Naturaline, Coop's own-label sustainability brand, stands for fair and environmentally friendly textile production and has proven a huge success over the past 20 years. The supply chains are transparent, the use of chemicals is very tightly regulated, and hazardous chemicals are prohibited in all stages of production. An independent monitoring body inspects the various processes regularly.
In its Sustainable Sourcing Guideline, Coop also bans the use of chemicals that are classified as hazardous according to recognized EU institutions (ECHA: European Chemicals Agency). By issuing its Textiles and Leather Guideline in 2013, Coop set a minimum standard for all own-label brands. The standard includes requirements regarding the use of chemicals and addresses the social and environmental requirements for farming and processing as well as transparent supply chains. Banned chemicals which must no longer be used in textile and leather production across the entire supply chain from 2020 are recorded in a negative list. This covers many substances that Greenpeace deems hazardous.