Sustainability is important, but how does the government set a good example? The municipality of Hardinxveld-Giessendam talked to Wijngaarden VeiligGoed about this. Together we sought to improve sustainability in the use of company clothing. This resulted in a recyclable clothing package for the field staff.
In addition, the municipality joins the collection and recycling scheme of Wijngaarden VeiligGoed. This ensures that the company clothing purchased has been produced responsibly and is also disposed of responsibly.
Jaap van Houwelingen, field sales manager, sees it as a logical step to take advantage of the opportunities the market offers in terms of sustainability. ,,We are happy that our current supplier can meet our demand for circular company clothing. Both in terms of wearing comfort, wear resistance and washability and pricing, our employees do not compromise on it." Written-off clothing will from now on be collected by Wijngaarden VeiligGoed and processed into new clothing. "As field staff, we don't have to worry about that. So this is a "win-win" situation in every area."
"Sustainability is not just an ambition,
but something that is now within reach."
Circular clothing recycling is a dynamic process. The first steps are already taken during production. After all, fully recyclable fabrics must be incorporated into the clothes. Think of the snaps and zips. These are now made of plastic and metal. These haberdashery items are separated at intake and processed into raw material for insulation and garden benches, among other things. So this is semi-circular. Also called ''Downcycling' named.
Circular recycling means that the fabric is reused for a new raw material. This happens with clothing fabric: new clothes are made from this. So the materials get different uses, but are reused regardless.