ELIMINATE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC FROM SUPPLY CHAINS
In an attempt to rid single use plastic from our supply chains and as a way of “protecting our planet”, Portwest®, a 120 year old global manufacturer of work wear, safety gear and P.P.E. (Personal Protection Equipment) new to U.S.A.) has recently introduced a new range of Eco-conscious products referred to as Portwest® Planet'.
Portwest’s main aim is to minimize the impact that their operations have on the environment and the natural resources they consume.
Portwest® Planet sustainability program is underpinned by four strategic pillars; Environment, Labor and Human Rights, Sustainable Procurement and Ethics. At Portwest®, they are dedicated to increasing the use of sustainable and recycled materials in the manufacturing and packaging of their products.
SUSTAINABLE FABRICS & MATERIALS
Portwest® has created a line of sustainable industrial hand protection and ANSI/ISEA 107 compliant high-visibility apparel that features materials such as recycled polyester made from 100% P.E.T. consumer plastic waste (rPET) and bamboo viscose.
Bamboo viscose is a natural textile made from the pulp of bamboo grass. Bamboo used to produce fabrics is a sustainable crop and easily replenished and capable of self-regeneration that requires no fertilizer to grow. Bamboo grows in depleted soil and helps return vital nutrients to the soil and most importantly, is biodegradable.
The use of recycled polyester produced from P.E.T. plastic bottles, requires fewer resources than that of new fibers and generates fewer CO2 emissions. And it can be recycled again closing the loop. In addition, diverting P.E.T. bottles from landfill reduces soil contamination, air and water pollution and toxic micro-plastic from entering our environment.
Global Recycled Standard certified fabrics give more visibility on responsible social, environmental and chemical practices in the production of fabric using recycled materials. With 85% of their 15 million garments carrying the Oeko-Tex® standard 100 label - a guarantee that every component of a product has been tested for harmful substances, their garments are now packed in recyclable packaging and use FSC (The Forest Stewardship Council) cartons to promote environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economical management of the world’s forest. FSC provides credibility as an independent member-led group of environmental protection; they set strict standards on water quality, habitats, growth rotation and chemical usage.
Portwest® complies with ISO 14001 which means they have worked hard to set up fully integrated and proactive environmental management systems. This system enables Portwest® to drastically reduce their carbon footprint and better manage the impact of operational activities on the environment. Portwest® has achieved the ISO 9001 certification which is the world’s foremost Quality Management Standard. It sets out the essential requirements for an effective quality management system.
Portwest® continuously strive to introduce low carbon and green initiatives to their supply chain that includes participation and compliance with initiatives such as the UK Plastics Act - a bold initiative that brings together the entire plastics packaging value chain behind a common vision and committing to a set of ambitious targets. These targets are to be met by 2025:
- Eliminating single use plastic
- 100% of plastic packaging is recyclable, reusable or compostable
- 70% of plastic packaging is recycled or composted
- 30% of recycled content used in all packaging
Portwest® is delighted to introduce a collection of Eco-conscious safety products that include hi-visibility garments, foot protection and hand protection. These Eco-conscious products are made from certified recycled fabrics with sustainably sourced packaging and labels.
These styles deliver all the function and design that Portwest® is known for allowing the wearer to be a champion for sustainability without sacrificing on performance, comfort or fit.
Portwest® Eco-conscious garments are ethically produced in fully owned factories. In addition, it is ISO 14001 environmentally accredited, chemically compliant by Okeo-Tex® Standard 100 and quality management assured by ISO 9001. Shop Portwest's line-up of products and be sure to check out their sustainable Planet show class of products!