FACTORIES AND FABRICS
Responsibly made, responsibly sourced.
When Bluee started its journey, it was important for us to ensure we worked with the best factories that look after their staff, adopt sustainable practices and work in the best environments. Bluee feels like a family, so we had to ensure our factories did too! That’s why we visited our factories and vetted them multiple times before committing to a long term partnership. We currently work with 2 factories, both are based in Portugal. They look after all their staff and have clean and large working environments, pay above minimum wage and it just feels like a friendly and family space whenever you visit.
Our factory partners in Portugal have been audited by SEDEX. The SEDEX audit is validated by site visits, interviews with those that work there and policy reviews. SEDEX focuses on labour, health and safety, environmental and business ethics.
Our fabrics and production methods at our factories have been accredited by the Global Recycling Standard (GRS) to verify their recycled content and chain of custody and OEKO-TEX, which is one of the world’s best-known and most widely used labels for textiles reliably tested for harmful substances. This standard also certifies that products are manufactured without harmful substances and are therefore harmless to human health.
Another accreditation that our factories have obtained includes the Higg Environmental and Higg Social Labour which they were awarded in 2020 and 2021. The Facility Social & Labour Module (FSLM) measures overall social labour practices in facilities, tracks management systems, operational controls, oversight, and worker and stakeholder engagement. The Higg Index is a suite of tools for the standardised measurement of value chain sustainability, developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition to transform businesses for exponential impact.
Our swimwear material is made from a high end recycled fabric, made of ECONYL® yarn. ECONYL® yarn is a 100% regenerated nylon yarn derived from pre and post industrial waste such as discarded fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet use, industrial plastic, carpet fluff, tulle and many more. Once they have reached the end of their useful life, these materials are recovered and regenerated instead of being disposed of in landfill. ECONYL® yarn makes up 78% of our swimwear material.