Sustainability — it’s a big ‘buzz’ word at the moment, people everywhere are making better choices.
We are on the sustainable journey and keen to share it with you. Recently we discovered that the garment industry is the second biggest polluter in the world – second to the Oil Industry, around 25% of landfill is unwanted textiles.
At Arrow, we are taking steps to reduce the impact we have on the environment, and we set up our group of ‘sustainable champions’ to take on this project. We hope to do what we can to give back to our immediate community and better the lives of those around us. It’s the right thing to do.
Our Research and Development team have jumped all over this opportunity and are looking for ways to provide you with ‘better’ conscious solutions when choosing your uniforms. So remember to consider the environmental impact your uniform has when you are next speaking with us, as we may be able to offer you better solutions.
The life cycle of a uniform is something we often talk about around here, like what is happening to uniforms when people have finished using them? For the past five years we have offered a Uniform Recycle programme to our customers, a few of you are using this service. Part of the uniform recycle programme looks at ways to dispose of unwanted uniforms in a way that is sustainable.
We have a number of local organisations that we donate to, these include; Dress for Success, The Salvation Army, The Koha Shed and the SPCA.
One of things that most of you tell us, is that you want to use our programme, but you are worried about your uniforms being ‘out there’ for the general public to use.
Recently we signed an agreement with an organisation called Earthlink. Located in Lower Hutt, they are not far from the Arrow head office and they specialise is using preloved business apparel and up-cycling it into trendy clothes for children.
This is exciting for us and for you, as Earthlink will remove any logos or distinguishing factors about the uniform and simply up-cycle the fabrics, so they become unrecognisable. You can check out their web-site here or visit their factory shop. Let us know if you are interested in learning more about using our uniform recycle programme.
As for our sustainability journey at Arrow, we will keep you updated and let you know the new and exciting projects we take on.