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Portwest® Planet Ecological & Socially Responsible Textile Production

by mdsassociates
Mon, May 22nd 2023 08:00 am

Eliminate Single-Use Plastic From Supply Chains
Ecological & Socially Responsible Textile Production

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 workwear, safety gear and PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) has recently introduced a new range of eco-conscious products referred to as Portwest® Planet.

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 and bamboo viscose.

  • BAMBOO FABRIC - 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.
  • P.E.T. PLASTIC - The use of recycled polyester produced from P.E.T. 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 from toxic microplastic.

Sustainable Packaging

With 85% of their 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.

ISO CERTIFIED - 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.

Looking to the Future

Portwest® continuously strives 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

Eco-Conscious Products

Portwest® is delighted to introduce their 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.

+ Learn more about PortWest® Planet and their sustainability efforts here
+ Shop PortWest® Planet and other PortWest brand PPE here

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