Case studies

The barriers to corporate clothing recovery are numerous, with problems of security due to logos, fabric composition, garment deconstruction and collection infrastructure (see ‘key barriers’ for greater detail). This results in around just 5% of corporatewear being reused or recycled in some way each year. Even the clothing that is captured each year, is not always recovered in the most high value way, and may be shredded for use in lower value products (‘downcycled’).

However, there are companies that are on the right track. Many faced difficulties in accomplishing their success, and most critical is the co-operation of other organisations throughout the supply chain. The best systems in place have had end-of-life (EoL  ) management considered from the onset, with designers involved in increasing the EoL potential.

Highlighted here are some of the companies that are seen to be taking the right approach to enable recovery, with representation from all areas of the supply chain: fabric and garment manufacturers, corporatewear purchasers (corporations who supply uniforms/workwear to their staff) and organisations who accept EoL garments to either reuse or recycle. Whilst EoL is the focus, other sustainable practices are also highlighted, as it is important to realise that EoL is not a stand-alone issue, and corporate clothing can have environmental and social impacts during the whole life of the item, from production through to disposal (see ‘Key issues’) .

Case Studies — Manufacturers


Case Studies — Purchasers


Case Studies — Reprocessors 01296 337 165