A sustainable approach to staff uniforms - from beginning to end

Posted on: 17th May 2022 by: Pride & Joy Clothing

Sustainable uniform products from Pride and Joy

In a bid to support coach and bus operators in reducing their carbon footprint, we are introducing a new range of uniform products that have been made from plastic bottles. New products include a softshell jacket, bodywarmer and microfleeces.

We source a lot of our uniform from Result and to be able to offer a range of garments made from as close to 100% recycled materials as possible is exciting. Result is committed to producing sustainable, ethical garments whose yarn production gives off fewer emissions and consumers less energy and water than conventional yarns.

Prompted by a question from an East Midlands operator that has recently refreshed its uniforms, we have also been thinking about how it can help the industry adopt more sustainable practices when it comes to disposing of old uniform.

It’s encouraging to hear from my customers who want to see their old uniforms go to use rather than recycling, or worse, landfill. We are currently researching ways in which we can assist bus companies and coach operators as a collective campaign, perhaps by establishing a partnership or a recommended provider. Our own experience in researching this has highlighted the barriers that exist. I hope we can overcome this and create an easy one-stop solution for our customers.

In the meantime, there are ways in which uniforms can be re-purposed if companies are willing to research local community interest companies (CICs) that might be up cycling in their local communities.

Another good place to start is local makers markets, where you can find many independent crafts people are re-purposing old textiles, clothing to make new garments and products. Once such maker, ‘I Used to Be’ is an up-cycler and set designer in Stockport, who makes homewares and useful products such as beach bags from old textiles, and is always on the look-out for quantities of textiles for re-purposing. Another place to find makers of up cycled products is the online craft market, Etsy.

If you are prepared to do some research locally then there is often a way to re-use your old uniforms and give them a new life again.

It’s fantastic that the coach industry is becoming increasingly recognised as the low-carbon way to travel. We all know by now that just one coach keeps up to 50 cars off the road and our average carbon dioxide emissions per coach passenger per journey around 1.5 times lower than rail, five times lower than air, and six times lower than car travel, making coaching the greenest way to travel.

By doing even more inside our businesses by reducing our plastic single use and our textile waste, we can become even better. It’s this sort of leadership and commitment that will give us big gains in terms of passenger numbers and confidence as we head into a greener future.

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