Choosing sustainable workwear

23 January 2019

ITALY

Klopman, a leading European producer of fabrics for workwear, has defined five reasons to choose eco-friendly workwear in companies.

Klopman is strongly aware of the importance of promoting the circular economy and sustainability in the textile sector. It has therefore created a very innovative green range - made of recycled plastic bottles, wood pulp, organic cotton or cotton certified according to Faitrade or BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) standards – to improve the conditions of producers in developing countries. It’s a decision of great importance for a company that produces more than 42 million metres of fabrics per year.

MORE ENERGY FOR THE PLANET
To produce a ton of plastic, 900 litres of oil, 180 cubic metres of water and 14 thousand kilowatt hours of energy are needed. For a ton of recycled plastic, instead, 2 tons of used plastic, 1 cubic metre of water and 950 kilowatt hours of energy are enough.

LESS PLASTIC POLLUTION IN THE SEAS
According to World Wildlife Fund, plastics represent 95% of offshore waste found on the seabed and on the beaches of the Mediterranean. Europe, the second largest producer of plastic in the world after China, pours out between 150 and 500 thousand tons of plastic at sea each year. Encouraging and promoting the adoption of recycled plastic allows us to limit its release into the environment.

ECONOMIC BENEFIT FOR THE COUNTRY
According to the Italian National Consortium for the collection, recycling and recovery of plastic packaging, in 2017 43.4% of the plastic packaging collected was recycled; and between 2005 and 2017, the packaging recycled grew exponentially, by 64%, bringing Italy an economic benefit of over 2 billion euros on the raw material not consumed, the production of energy and on reduced CO2 emissions. Using eco-friendly garments increases the benefits of recycling plastic.

MINOR CONSUMPTION OF GREENHOUSE GAS AND WATER
According to the first international study on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of organic cotton promoted by TE (Textile Exchange, a non-profit organisation that promotes a sustainable textile industry), the positive effects of organic cotton are numerous: 46% reduction of climate-altering gas emissions; 70% reduction in emissions responsible for acidification; 91% reduction in water consumption mainly for irrigation (excluding rainwater); 26% reduction of eutrophication, ie the excessive enrichment of nutrients of the ecosystem; 62% reduction in primary energy consumption. The study was conducted on data from countries such as India, Turkey, Tanzania, the United States and China, which account for 97% of the world's organic cotton production.

LINKING QUALITY AND RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
Choosing a workwear garment produced with eco-friendly fabrics does not mean giving up quality. Thanks to the advanced focus on materials and production techniques, adopting a garment made of green fabrics guarantees – for companies and the workers who wear it - comfort, quality and, above all, durability with substantial consequent cost savings.

More information here:

https://www.klopman.com/newsmain/news-detail/article/5-reasons-to-choose-workwear-made-with-green-fabrics/

 



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