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SICHEF CARES

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There are some unavoidable murky truths that surround Kitchen uniforms and all apparel for that matter, did you know;

 

  • The clothing industry has a disastrous impact on the environment. In fact, it is the second-largest polluter in the world.

  •  92 million tonnes of textiles waste is created each year and the equivalent to a rubbish truck full of clothes ends up on landfill sites every second. By 2030, we are expected as a whole / globally to be discarding more than 134 million tonnes of textiles a year into landfills.

  • Once in these landfills, the garments take up to 200 years to decompose affecting our soil and underground water and also devastatingly the decomposition process creates Methane gas which is a greenhouse gas that is far more potent than carbon dioxide.

  • The clothing industry is a major water consumer and when it puts the water back into the environment it is more than often polluted from the dying process and many businesses discharge this contaminated water into rivers. The clothing industry is accountable;e for 20% of global water pollution.

  • It takes approximately 2700 liters of water to make a single 100% cotton chef jacket?

 

So what can we do?

 

  • There is a model called the closed-loop model. Part of this system involves reusing and recycling garments into new clothing for as long as possible to minimize waste and avoid landfills.

  • The good news is 95% of used textiles can be recycled.

 

The options really are;

 

  • Send your old garments to a trusted entity for recycling.

  • Donate

  • Repair and repurpose. There are so many things you can make with your old clothes. They range from the simple and no-sew tote bagsreusable produce bags, to the more advanced beaniesdog toys and stuffed animals, and pillowcases or quilts

  • Resell

  • Swap

  • Compost. Some natural fibers can be composted.

  • Make use of company take-back programs

  • Be conscientious with Future Purchases

  • Take good care of your garments

  • Dispose of old clothes responsibly

  • Hold the clothing industry and government accountable

  • Support sustainably-minded designers and manufacturers.

 

How can SiClothing help;

 

  • SiClothing is on a drive to raise awareness regarding the impact of textile waste and its effects and to reduce the companies own impact on the environment.

  • We will slowly begin the use of recycled fabrics and organically grown cotton in our products, the objective is to have 80% of the product supplied made from recycled fabrics and/or sustainably grown cotton by the end of 2022. Using textiles from recycled clothing in no way means it is inferior, the fabric is exactly the same in quality standard.

  • Siclothing will immediately accept all old garments back for adding to its own monthly waste for distribution to our certified recyclers. This is not limited to chef apparel, any type of garments may be sent to us or collected by us. It is advised that collection or delivery trips are not made specifically for this purpose lest a large percentage of the good is undone by using fossil fuels and other requirements to fulfill the delivery/collection of goods for recycling. It is therefore advised that delivery or collection is made when a trip is already set down for another reason eg. a new delivery, a meeting, a fitting, and so forth. This way trips are used more productively and environmentally freindly.

  • SiClothing is now also offering a uniform rental option. Where the garments are rented for two years and then returned for recycling.

  • A 2.5% discount will be given to new a new garment purchase ff the old is returned for recycling. The 2.5% saving will be passed onto your charity of choice.

 

During the course of this year and next SiClothing will apply for certification to the following bodies;

 

  • Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) – For cotton textile approval.

  • World Wide Accredited Production (WRAP) to demonstrate a commitment to protecting the environment by actively monitoring our environmental practices

  • ISO 14005:2019 Environmental Management

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