A huge Thank You! is given to the following organisations, who volunteered to be part of the consortium for the Uniform Reuse Project and have been engaged from the start, be it providing expert views, samples for research or directly being involved with the individual projects themselves.
The ASBCI - The Forum for Clothing & Textiles - is the UK's premier trade association for the clothing and textile supply chain and is actively involved in promoting ethical and sustainable, supply and manufacturing practices through its membership meetings and industry conferences (see latest conference on May 19 - The Crude CO2st of Fashion.
The ASBCI is concerned that many current clothing creation practices are not sustainable or without impact on the environment. Corporate clothing is an important sector in the consumption of raw materials but operates in a relatively contained sector that can more readily adopt initiatives that positively address issues of recovery and re-use of high net-energy materials. The Centre for Remanufacturing and Re-use aims to test and prove the technologies that may eventually have to spread from the organised corporate sector into the more diverse and disparate High Street fashion market.
The Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse is a Government funded body dedicated to the promotion of product reuse in the UK. Textiles have been one of the key product interest groups and the CRR works closely with industry and Defra to address issues associated with this area.
Carrington Career & Workwear Ltd is the largest supplier of workwear and technical fabrics in the U.K., and one of the market leaders in Europe.
Coventry have been active in seeking better end uses for corporate clothing, and as the fourth largest UK building society, feel the contribution from the staff they clothe can be substantial.
De Montfort University is a leading institution in education, with textile research being an integral part of the University’s activities. The Textile Engineering and Materials Research Group (TEAM) was established in 1994 in order to provide a focus of research within the Department of Textile Design and Production.
One of the UK’s leading integrated power and gas companies – generating and distributing electricity, and retailing power and gas.
Klopman International is the first polyester/cotton manufacturer to be awarded the EU Ecolabel and provides corporate clothing manufacturers with sustainably sourced fabrics.
The Lenzing Group is a world leader in marketing and manufacturing man-made cellulose fibers. Every effort is made to develop fibres with minimal environmental impact without foregoing usability qualities.
Lawrence M Barry & Co operate four businesses dedicated to textile collection, recycling and resale in and around the London area.
Britain's largest single-site university with a proud history of achievement and an ambitious agenda for the future.
Mathias & Sons are a passionate retailer of corporate clothing. Sustainability across the supply chain is of keen interest, from ethical sourcing to responsible disposal.
Nationwide is the UK’s largest building society, clothing over 9000 employees. Sustainable procurement and management is a priority focus area for their organisation.
Royal Mail Group Ltd is the parent company of Royal Mail, Post Office® and Parcelforce Worldwide. Employing over 1% of the UK workforce, sustainable clothing policies are of great significance.
Sally Cowan Ltd is a specialist garment design and prototyping company. As a conscientious manufacturer, Sally Cowan is keen on being at the forefront of the industry, and advancing environmentally sustainable technologies.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is the government department responsible for environmental protection, food production and standards, agriculture, fisheries and rural communities in the UK. The Uniform Reuse project is one part of the Sustainable Clothing Roadmap.
Other companies involved include Aesthiva, Barclays Bank Plc, BCR Global Textiles, Colour Connections, Dimensions, Hemp Fabric UK, Incorporatewear, Jermyn Street Design, NIRI and Tesco.
To ensure the Uniform Reuse project stays on track, and investigates the key issues currently affecting the industry, a panel of key representatives was formed from each of the organisations listed. Input and feedback has been given to all project team members throughout the duration of the research periods, and shall continue to be provided on all future work.
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