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NEWS: Essential Workwear lead the way with NEW Uniform Recycling Service

Family Business Place member, Essential Workwear, has launched a brand-new garment recycling initiative to help clients become more sustainable and support the target of achieving the government’s net-zero emissions by 2050.

Textile waste is becoming an ever-increasing concern across the globe. The key challenges that organisations face when disposing of branded textiles is the negative impact this waste has on the environment.

Essential are working with market leaders in offering a textile recycling program for corporate branded workwear and other garments as a solution to textile waste. On average, 2,700 litres of water is needed to create a single T-shirt. That is enough drinking water for one person for 2.5 years.

By recycling used garments, Essential are going to significantly reduce the amount of water that is used to create new garments. Furthermore, 26.2m tonnes of CO2 is produced in the UK due to textiles each year and 350,000 tonnes worth of textiles is sent to landfill each year.

The Essential Workwear Recycling Program guarantees that all textiles are securely destroyed by a custom built cross-cut industrial shredder. This ensures the textiles are unrecognisable and broken down to a size where it is impossible to re-weave back into any other garment. All Essential practices are in line and compliant with ISO 9001 & 14001 accreditations, BS EN: 15713-2009 and BS 7858.

Once the textiles are destroyed, they are baled into mill-size bales and transported to specialist mills to begin the recycling phase and certificates are issued including time and date that the shredding took place.

When the textile product is deemed redundant, this new service helps limit the environmental impact by closing the loop and reducing the miles that textiles cover. Essential securely destroy textiles and recycle all the natural fibres within the UK. The fibre materials go through the process of stretching where the fibres are turned into a wide range of products such as insulation, geotextiles and other innovative products.

This is the sustainable recycling service that is contributing to reducing the 11 million items of clothing a week currently ending up in landfill, as estimated by Oxfam. Essential will charge an admin fee per garment to carry out this process, intended to cover any direct costs, however no profit will be made from the initiative.

George Georgiou, Managing Director of Dunstable based Essential Workwear commented, “For more than twenty years, we have been witnessing the huge impact that our industry has on the environment, and we recognised that the time was now in 2021 to introduce an innovative and powerful new service to help reduce waste into landfill. The Essential garment recycling program will offer all of our clients the opportunity to support their ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) policies now and long into the future. Together with our team of uniform specialists, I am immensely proud to have launched this new service. It’s the smallest changes which make the biggest difference.”

Award-winning, second generation, family-run Essential Workwear brand close to 11,000 pieces of work and safety wear every day, from their factory in Dunstable, Bedfordshire. They are an established safetywear company with an in-house PPE expert and are a BSIF registered safety supplier.

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