Sustainability in workwear

Sustainability in workwear

Peter Dumigan, Managing Director of the Hultafors Group UK, takes a look at the benefits built into the latest climate control working clothes and explains how its work apparel is increasingly sustainable.  

With firms and individuals increasingly focused on environmentally responsible business activities, Snickers Workwear’s eco-friendly garment solutions could prove to be the right ‘sustainable choice’ for you and your business. For example, with government legislation on the horizon, employing Snickers Workwear garments made from recycled polyester, organic cotton and mulesing-free fabrics – as well as the ‘100% Circularity’ in EMMA safety footwear – will deliver peace of mind and compliance.

This socially responsible approach to kitting out professional tradesmen and women is complemented by the brands’ well-established hallmarks of comfort and functionality. They’re delivered through the use of climate control and stretch fabrics which ensures that whatever the size of your workforce, there’s a product to fit each individual – for improved wellbeing and performance at work.

Snickers Workwear climate-control clothing is tested for real from the Arctic Circle to the southern Mediterranean. But not only are these working clothes tested for performance, they’re also tested with regard to ‘environmental sustainability’.

Not only do these garments feature ergonomic body mapping designs but also 21st century fabrics, including the latest in recycled, organic and sports fabric technology designed to deliver winter warmth and cooling comfort when you need it.

Carbon footprint
Design and development has always been driven by continual research into user needs and experiences in a variety of working environments and weather conditions, but nowadays recyclability and carbon footprint impact is a key part of that evaluation. So, it’s not just the physical demands on the body when working hard on site, or in sports and leisure activities, that’s researched, it’s the physical demands that product manufacturing and disposal place on the world around us that matters too.

For those seeking performance, upgraded lightweight and breathable 37.5 fabric technology feature in Snicker’s Workwear’s LITEWork and FLEXIWork mid- and base-layer clothes. Thanks to its cooling technology, they’re great for demanding tasks on site as well as high intensity gym work, circuit training, jogging, hill walking and mountain-biking. The new styles are made from highly functional waffle- structured 37.5 fabric for optimal ventilation, cooling and moisture transport.

Verifiable sustainability
But if you want to be more than just cool and comfortable at work this winter – and do your bit for saving the planet – the ‘Verifiable Sustainability’ in Snickers Workwear’s new fleeces, undergarments and jackets will suit you down to the ground. The brand aims to be at the forefront of sustainability in workwear which is why these new products are made of 100% recycled polyester with a bio-based, anti-odour finish plus a smooth texture and efficient moisture transport for great working comfort.

If your focus is on being kind to animals, the Sustainable Merino Wool mid- and base-layer clothes are mulesing-free, which will help you stay warm or cool because of the nature of its 100% all-natural Merino Wool fabric. Merino wool is extremely soft, and naturally odour-preventive for an all-day fresh feel. It’s also temperature-regulating and repels water and dirt particles.

Recycled polyester
If recyclability is your particular focus in eco-friendly priorities, then the AllroundWork fleeces and bodywarmers could be your ‘sustainable choice’. Made from 100% recycled polyester, the POLARTEC garments are comfortable and lightweight with freedom of movement. They’ll also deliver just the right warmth and comfort to keep your body warm in chilly early mornings or comfortably cool in the warmer evenings.

100% Circularity
If you want to ensure 100% Circularity in what you’re wearing, a product that’s completely made from a combination of recycled materials and materials that are recyclable is EMMA, Sustainably Responsible Safety Footwear. Every shoe, trainer or boot in its range is safe for the environment with a ‘100% ‘Circular’ manufacturing, usage-mapping and recycling process. So, to make a positive social impact in your workplace, if your ordinary safety footwear just isn’t contributing to your sustainability policy, you can be sure there’s an EMMA product that is.

While style, comfort and functionality have been key drivers in Snickers Workwear clothing development over the years, fabric performance and sustainability is now central to the technical design of the garments and footwear just as it is in performance sports and leisurewear.

The result is environmentally-friendly, ergonomically designed dual-purpose working clothes and footwear that are not only designed to meet the physical demands that tradesmen and women face at work in the winter months,  but are also ideal for some sports and leisure activities – and reducing your carbon footprint too.

The Hultafors Group UK owns Snickers Workwear, Hultafors Tools, EMMA, Solid Gear and Toe Guard safety footwear as well as Hellberg Safety PPE.

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