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.
After a successful market consultation and tender, grid operator Alliander has found a new supplier for their safety clothing. The clothing will be even safer, more comfortable and ordering is simple. But the clothing will also be circular.
Rijkswaterstaat used circular procurement to conclude a two-year lease contract for workwear packages made of recyclable polyester.
For the procurement of its workwear Dura Vermeer has negotiated performance standards to ensure continuous improvement of circular performance during the contract period.
The new uniforms for health care workers are made from wood pulp from eucalyptus trees. Compared to cotton uniforms, water consumption in the value chain has been reduced by 97%, while energy consumption is down 46%.
This road-map shows how the Netherlands wants to be at the forefront of the transition towards a circular textiles chain.
This report produced by the European Clothing Action Plan demonstrates the impact of the clothing chain in Europe.
This report offers practical advice for the implementation of circular principles for work-wear procurement projects.
This publication provides an overview of the category plan for workwear and describes how sustainability is incorporated in the procurement of workwear.
This tool has been developed to determine the potential environmental effects of tenders for sustainable work-wear, based on the main fibre types and R-strategies.