Bergans USA Signs on as Bluesign System Partner

Bergans of Norway has joined as a bluesign® system partner to further minimize its environmental impact, reduce resource consumption and eliminate substances that could pose a risk to the health of workers, end consumers and the environment.
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Bergans USA Signs on as Bluesign System Partner

Partnership promotes eco-friendly production process in textile supply chain

LONGMONT, Colo. - January 7, 2013 - Bergans of Norway has joined as a bluesign® system partner, the company announced today. The partnership will give Bergans access to textile supply line experts to help further minimize its environmental impact, reduce resource consumption and eliminate substances that could pose a risk to the health of workers, end consumers and the environment.

Headquartered in Switzerland, bluesign technologies ag is an international network that functions as a third party, independent system and a standard for the textile industry.

"Bergans and our supplier partners have always been a driver of textile technology, while remaining sensitive to sustainability and environmental concerns," said Christiane Dolva, Bergans of Norway's Corporate Responsibility Manager. "Connecting with an independent organization like bluesign not only helps us promote better working processes in our own supply line but provides a wealth of knowledge for us to make the best possible decisions when we source materials."

Bergans joins apparel leaders from the outdoor and active wear industries including The North Face, Black Diamond and lululemon athletica in adopting the bluesign system.

Beyond taking a close look at the input stream of raw materials, chemicals and resources used in Bergans products, bluesign system has many partner chemical manufacturers so brands can benefit from testing and research on coatings and other molecular-level inputs along the manufacturing process.

The bluesign system also assures retailers that the products from a participating company contains only materials that are harmless to the environment and people and are in compliance with high-level environmental, health and safety guidelines that assure a long-lasting investment in consumer trust.

Bergans is also certified by Environmental Lighthouse, a Norwegian environmental system standard that focuses on environmental, health and safety, material consumption, waste handling and transport emissions. Environmental Lighthouse's initiatives are supported and recommended by the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment.

For more information about bluesign, go to www.bluesign.com, and for more information about Bergans and its products, go to www.bergans.com.

About Bluesign

Bluesign® technologies ag was founded in 2000, and functions internationally as a third party, independent source of standards for the textile industry. Since then, the bluesign system has been adopted by leading textile manufacturers, various key players of the chemical and machine industry worldwide. SGS holds a stake of 80 percent in bluesign technologies ag. www.bluesign.com

About Bergans of Norway

Bergans was established in 1908, when Ole Ferdinand Bergan invented the first anatomical backpack. Today backpacks, functional outdoor clothing and tents are part of the portfolio of Bergans of Norway, as well as the ALLY brand of packable canoes. Adventurers such as South Pole conqueror Roald Amundsen, Mount Everest pioneer Sir Edmund Hillary, and Heroes of our time such as Polar explorers Rune Gjeldnes or Cecilie Skog trust Bergans equipment on their expeditions.

The headquarter of Bergans Fritid AS is situated in Hokksund, Norway, 60 km southwest of Oslo, where 90-plus employees work in development, research, design and sales. Bergans is a market leader in Norway and steadily growing in several export markets in Europe and North America. www.bergans.com

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MEDIA CONTACTS:

Bergans USA, LLC

Chip Smith, o: 801.656.0472 x1, c: 801.597.7515, csmith@soarcomm.com

Beth Cochran, c: 406.579.7909, cochran@whatsuppr.com

Bergans of Norway

Christoph Centmayer, o: +47-40 62 40 99, christoph.centmayer@bergans.no

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