Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution. Today, single-use plastics account for 40% of the plastic produced every year, with some taking over 400 years to biodegrade.
Alongside our Corporate Apparel Group, Twin Hill is committed to investigating and implementing sustainable sourcing initiatives wherever possible. Our group is consistently exploring innovative ways to minimize waste within our supply chain with a significant focus on reducing single-use plastics from our packaging at source.
In 2017, our Corporate Apparel Group implemented a packaging initiative that reduced our packaging by 40%, saving the equivalent of 480,000 plastic bottles in the first year. We actively work with our supplier base to reduce repackaging caused by multiple sizes and/or styles in a box. We have also introduced a supplier packaging conformance guide to reduce repackaging on arrival to our logistics center, and maintain a variety of outbound packaging medium to keep transit packaging to a minimum. All dispatch operatives are trained to use the best fit bag or box when processing outbound orders.
With regards to fabrics, we can create garments through a method of sustainable production with the collection of surplus cotton scraps from factory cutting rooms. The cotton scraps are collected and segregated by color groups, then shredded and blended with polyester from PET plastic bottles. The blend of cotton and polyester is then spun into a yarn, knitted to produce an eco-friendly poly/cotton pique fabric. The fabric is then washed, dried, and finished before being cut and sewn into a finished garment for a customer.
Plastic waste from the ocean can also be made into a polyester yarn that is spun into fabric lengths. The production process has controlled traceability and high energy efficiency. Using recycled PET to create polyester fabrics prevents it from going into landfill, it reduces our use of petroleum as a raw material for our fabric requirements and therefore lowers our overall carbon footprint.
As plastic pollution remains a global environmental issue, we can all work towards a solution. Share in the comments below how your team is working to reduce your plastic footprint this July.