When designing corporatewear, it’s the primary users (the providers and wearers of garments) who drive the design decisions. Their main needs have been image, functionality and cost. But the corporatewear sector is becoming more interested in – and affected by – issues of sustainability.
Nowadays we need to use resources efficiently and to dispose of garments thoughtfully at the end of their service life (EoL) . Our ‘Design for EoL Tool’ is for design and product development teams – and other stakeholders across the corporatewear sector - to help them look at these sustainability issues.
Some general principles of sustainable corporatewear design are:
So, as well as satisfying the primary users’ needs, the garment designer needs to focus on the fabrics to be used and the likely condition of the garments at EoL. Understanding these factors can help the designer lengthen the life of the garment, or enable it to be reused, or make it easier to recycle into other products or be used in energy production.
The easiest and ‘best’ outcome for corporatewear at EoL is to reuse the whole garments, but a close second is to reuse the fabric. To improve reusability:
The most suitable recycling options for corporatewear garments are chemical and mechanical recycling:
In an ideal world, used corporatewear garments would be reused repeatedly and then finally recycled efficiently back into original materials or be composted safely. Keep this as your long term goal!
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