Workwear and safety clothing

The workwear and safety clothing product group is very appropriate for circular procurement. The life cycle is comparatively short and the materials are (in the case of workwear) relatively easy to reuse. Moreover, the clothing industry is one of the most polluting industries worldwide: it is responsible for about 8% of total CO2 emissions. Circular procurement of clothing could significantly reduce the environmental impact. Extending the service life of clothing will generally lead to major environmental gains as well: cleaning and maintaining the clothing properly will make clothing last longer.


  • Decide whether you need custom-made or standard clothing: your ability to manage on circularity varies significantly depending on your needs.
  • In many cases, the clothing chain is currently not prepared for value chain cooperation. To improve this, you should incorporate value chain cooperation in your ambitions as a means of achieving your circular aspirations as far this is proportionate for your request.
  • The focus in value chain cooperation ought to be on cooperation between suppliers and maintenance partners, as well as on increased transparency of the international supply chain.
  • Help the sector to create transparency by asking your suppliers for information on the environmental impact, without making this a part of your award process.
  • Enquire into the origin of the materials and the number of different phases the product has gone through. This helps to create more transparency in the value chain.

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