In the same way our working processes are highly varied, so too are our sustainability principles. For instance, OCS-certified textiles must be made using 95 percent certified organic material. That is why we map the entire value chain and trace the raw materials all the way from source to finished product. This allows us to achieve maximum transparency, so our customers can be sure their products are fully traceable.
Our constant endeavours to optimise our processes not only result in improved economic efficiency, but also lead to a continuous improvement in performance in terms of environmental sustainability standards – take, for instance, the development of an innovative fluorocarbon-free finishing for water resistance, which meets the criteria for the GOTS standard. AG Cilander was first awarded this textile hallmark, which certifies that a manufacturing process is verifiably socially and environmentally responsible across the entire textile manufacturing chain, in 2009. Since then, we now meet around 95% of the requirements it sets out across all our finishing processes. In terms of our finishes, this means that we may only use dyes, chemicals and resources that are classified and labelled as harmless in terms of their environmental and toxicological properties.
A range of certifications, such as STeP by OEKO-TEX®, GOTS and OCS, certify that we meet and comply with social standards for fair working hours, fair wages, occupational safety and health protection.
Our sustainability measures go beyond our certifications
As well as earning hallmarks and certifications, the sustainability measures implemented at AG Cilander are designed to encompass additional aspects, such as:
- Operation of state-of-the-art exhaust air purification systems – no harmful waste gases of any kind leave our facilities
- Continuous supervision and review of further economic and environmental developments
- Ongoing development of our 2025 energy concept
- Reduction in CO2, including annual tracking of the course of reduction
- Use of chemicals as sparing as possible/use of environmentally friendly products containing low amounts of harmful substances
- Consultation with specialists to determine the most environmentally friendly disposal methods for chemicals
- Collaboration with a recycling coach
- Use of a solar power system starting in 2022
- Planning and implementation of an LED concept
- Outsourcing specific processes to external partners who also set the highest standards for environmental protection (e.g. printing plant obtains 100% of its energy from hydropower and has carbon-neutral operations)