ATLANTA — Following through on its commitment to environmental sustainability, Polartec, LLC has entered into an agreement with Bluesign Technologies AG to evaluate and approve its manufacturing processes for environment, health and safety issues.

The Bluesign screening process includes a detail onsite evaluation of textile manufacturing sites according to the Bluesign standard, including resource productivity, consumer safety, air emissions, water emissions and occupational health and safety. The process also provides resource and cost-saving recommendations compared to “best available technology.”

“While we are confident that our state-of-the-industry facilities will meet or exceed Bluesign standards,” said Andy Vecchione, president of Polartec, “we look forward to its feedback and the opportunity to continually raise the bar. Third-party certification and endorsement by Bluesign is an increasingly important standard for both our customers and consumers worldwide.”

Polartec said its commitment to sustainability dates back to 1993 when it first offered recycled fabrics. More than 20 percent of Polartec’s fabrics this year will contain a minimum of 50 percent recycled raw material.