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TURNING WASTE INTO WORKWEAR


Just as the effects of plastic waste on the environment has been brought to the centre of consumer consciousness in recent years, so are the problems caused by the disposal of clothing and shoes coming to the fore.


Images of ragpickers on our waste clothing mountains in Africa are an increasing cause for concern as landfill sites in the UK become overwhelmed and we dispose of our waste on someone else’s doorstep. This is why the sourcing of sustainable and environmentally- responsible workwear and safety footwear is becoming key part of our environmental consciousness.


Fabric technology has always been a key driver in the design and development Snickers Workwear garments. Fabrics that deliver comfort and functionality, flexibility and durability are key components of every single product in the range. Now, as consumers and corporates strive to reduce their impact on the planet, the Hultafors Group is implementing a policy of replacing conventional fabrics in its workwear products with sustainable fabrics – Preferred Fibres.


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Peter Dumigan Managing Director of the Hultafors Group UK, which owns Snickers Workwear, Hultafors Tools, EMMA, Solid Gear and Toe Guard safety footwear as well as Hellberg Safety PPE, discusses how the brands are developing sustainable alternatives to traditional workwear fabrics.


Given increasing levels of awareness about the impact of waste on our environment, this will surely have an influence on the clothes people choose for work in years to come. For Snickers Workwear, this product development and design philosophy is being be applied to every new product in the Snickers Workwear collection with the additional assurance that the Snickers Hallmarks of design, comfort, functionality and durability will not be compromised in any way.


Snickers Workwear’s objective is to ensure that by 2030, 70% of the fabrics used are Preferred Fibres – those with sustainable properties and a lower environmental footprint. As early as 2023, the company will be at 40% – a significant achievement by any measure. For those that haven’t come across the term, Preferred Fibres are those that have more sustainable properties compared to conventional man-made alternatives.


Given that almost any fabric and garment can be developed with recycled polyester yarn, Snickers Workwear’s aim is to replace conventional fibres such as polyester with Preferred Fibres which have full manufacturing transparency, traceability and thus


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