Uniform After-life Stewardship Program
Plastics, glass and paper are well-known recyclable goods. But what about clothing and other textiles? Or more specifically, workwear?
Total Uniform Solutions work will help you develop a tailored after-life stewardship or "closed loop" recycling program for your company’s old uniforms. Adhering to advanced global standards, we are experienced in helping companies find a market for their recycled content.
We advocate for sustainability in a number of ways
Using recycled textiles, where possible, in our custom manufactured apparel.
Manufacture our custom workwear using more durable fabrics, increasing the garment’s lifespan and reducing the number of replacements per annum.
Promoting stock products that have a high recycled content to our clients.
Encourage our clients to commercially launder and recycle high ticket uniform items, like blazers and jackets, so they can be reused.
Encouraging our clients to establish a Uniform After-life Stewardship program.
What is textile recycling?
Textile recycling can be defined in a number of ways:
Mechanically shredding down textile items into a fibrous form and sold on the domestic or international market.
Mechanically cutting the garment into rags to be used again, for example the cleaning or automotive repair industries.
De-branding and re-selling the garment into the second-hand clothing markets.
These methods are a great way to keep unwanted pre and post consumer textiles and apparel out of landfill. Recycled textile fibres can be used to make products such as recycled yarn and fabric, carpets, carpet underlays, floor matting, insulation and blankets. When a viable market is found for a specific textile fibre, there is no end to innovative uses – gardening gloves, industrial wipes, or the felt used inside tennis balls!
Risks of not disposing uniforms correctly.
Beyond the environmental impact, the other consideration is business security. Responsible disposal of uniforms and workwear needs to be considered to avoid the uniforms being re-used inappropriately. Discarded uniforms, used to impersonate your staff and gain unauthorised entry into your business, can not only be a safety risk but can erode the community’s trust in your brand. To ensure chain of responsibility requirements are met, we can provide evidence of disposal. These could take the form of a Certificate of Disposal, video or photographic evidence.
20 million tonnes of garbage goes into Australian landfill each year. 501,000 tonnes of that are textiles.