Taiwan-based Everest Textile Co. Ltd. – a vertically integrated textile company with yarn spinning,
twisting, weaving, dyeing, finishing and printing operations – reports it is the first company in
Asia to receive bluesign® certification for coating and lamination products. The bluesign standard
is a third-party international quality guideline that denotes eco-friendly production and textiles
as well as efficient use of resources.
Everest Textile’s coating and lamination products underwent product, environmental and
personnel safety tests to become certified. The company has installed devices to reduce pollution
such as gas gather equipment, soft curtains and exhausts in the laminating machine and stirring
areas where solvent evaporates or odors are emitted. Everest also has created the dimethyl
formamide (DMF) circulation system, which allows DMF solvent to be recycled and reused, thereby not
polluting the environment.
In 2007, Everest Textile launched its Everest Sustainability Model initiative, which
includes strategic measures to save energy, reduce waste, and meet the goal of zero emissions at
its three plants. Everest officially became a bluesign partner in May 2008. The company currently
has 22 product lines and 935 products that are bluesign-certified, and its plants in Shanghai and
Thailand are undergoing bluesign screenings.
May 5, 2009