In textile manufacturing processes such as bleaching, dyeing, printing and finishing chemicals are used, which are important for the appearance and properties of the textiles. Apart from finishing treatments, majority of the chemicals are washed off after the dyeing or printing.
Marimekko aims to continuously decrease its chemical footprint.
The use of chemicals in production is strictly regulated in Europe with the REACH chemical legislation. Also Marimekko’s other customer markets such as Japan and the United States have their own stringent chemical regulations. It is Marimekko’s responsibility to ensure that all Marimekko products – manufactured in Europe and elsewhere – comply with chemical requirements of both European legislation and the legislation and regulation in Marimekko’s other customer markets. Marimekko has a Restricted Substances List for its suppliers, which includes the restrictions applicable to textile products, among others. We monitor compliance with the restrictions with regular product or material tests. Testing is done in external laboratories.
We also continuously seek to find environmentally friendlier alternatives to chemicals used in our manufacturing processes. Marimekko’s printing factory has its own environmental and chemicals management processes in place. To further reduce the use of chemicals, we have increased the share of unbleached materials used in our printing factory. In 2021, the share of unbleached materials used in our printing factory was 22 percent. Since July 2019, all new products have been free from PFCs and PVC. In 2021, introduced our first products printed with a natural dye.
Our products are not treated with flame retardants and we do not use biocides in our products or to protect them during transportation. Biocides are active substances that are meant to protect items against microbes, for example. Read more about certifications and labels that guarantee safety.