Uniforms are an essential part of businesses. However, the production and disposal of uniforms can have a significant impact on the environment. Now, there is a shifting focus toward sustainable uniforms that are eco-friendly and socially responsible. Here are key points to consider when designing your businesses uniform.
1. Look for sustainable materials
The first step in creating a sustainable uniform is to use eco-friendly materials. Look for materials uniforms made from organic cotton, bamboo, or other sustainable materials that are grown without the use of harmful pesticides and fertilizers. These materials are not only better for the environment, but they are also better for the health of workers who produce them. As a uniform supplier, our team at Arrow Uniforms have been working on the Enviromark Gold Certification by Toitū, with a goal of being Diamond Certified by 2025.
2. Get involved in recycling programmes.
Uniform providers are creating systems to take back used uniforms for recycling or to repurpose them into other use products (cleaning cloths, floor mats, insulation). This reduces waste and extends the life of the uniform.
At Arrow Uniforms we have partnered with the Billy Graham Youth Foundation to create a recycling program where old and unused uniforms are shredded and repurposed as fillers for boxing bags.
3. Prioritise Durability
A uniform that is designed with durability in mind is a uniform that doesn't require frequent replacement- It's that simple. By opting for garments that are made from a high-quality fabric and constructed with durability in mind, you can have a functional uniform that is long lasting, and therefore avoids the low-quality fashion fashion pieces that have more negative impacts and need to be replaced and repurchased frequently.
4. Look for suppliers with transparency
Companies should look for manufacturers that are transparent about their supply chain, production processes, and audit certifications. It is important to support businesses that follow fair labour practices and ensure that workers who produce uniforms are paid a fair wage and work in safe and healthy conditions. This promotes accountability and helps consumers make informed decisions toward creating a more sustainable uniform but also supports ethical and responsible manufacturing.
6. Support Local
There are a number of advantages that outline the importance of supporting local economies. A key factor is the reduced carbon footprint and emissions associated with the transportation of goods that is achieved by working with a local uniform supplier.
Creating a sustainable uniform is an important step in reducing waste and promoting responsible sustainability practices. By using eco-friendly materials, implementing recycling programs, opting for high-quality long-lasting garments, and looking for transparency and proactive qualities in your supplier, you can implement a more sustainable uniform that benefits both the environment and society. Arrow Uniforms is dedicated to sourcing only from factory suppliers that are green and ethically certified, and meet strict international standards such as WRAP, SMETA-SEDEX, ISO and BSCI. This ensures that the uniforms are produced in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.