Making smart choices about what we buy is more important than ever, and school uniform is no exception. Not only do you need quality, but also confidence that what you are buying has had ethical and sustainable considerations including labour, carbon footprint and materials. Read more below and take a look at our latest CSR Report..
Our uniform is tough! It can stand up to the rigors of school life, rough and tumble of the playground and multiple washing throughout the school year. Longer lasting equals less uniform needed throughout a pupil’s school career, which not only saves you money, but also reduces carbon footprint.
Many of you tell us how long Trutex uniform lasts. We recently heard of a 30 year old blouse, still being worn today! Read the full story here.
Careful design and attention to detail during the manufacturing process means your Trutex uniform is often grown out before it’s worn out. Parents tell us they are able to pass uniform from one sibling to another, or alternatively give them a second life by donating to charity or their school’s second-hand uniform shop.
This simple approach to sustainability is far from fast fashion and means Trutex uniform can live on through many years wear!
Sustainably sourced fabrics ensure the source of the yarn is maintained. We use sustainable sources for our Viscose in trousers and skirts and cotton in knitwear.
Trutex Viscose – is derived fully from certified sustainable sources. Viscose is produced using wood pulp and our source is fully sustainable to that the impact of our products remain minimal on the environment.
Cotton – Cotton used to produce our 100% cotton knitwear is responsibly sourced through certified yarn suppliers
Our Nurture the Future pledge commits us to all fabrics being sustainably sourced by 2025 – watch this space for updates to progress.
Carbon offsetting is a way to mitigate the carbon we use as a business, generating back positively in the environment. Since 2012, we have undertaken annual auditing to verify our carbon usage in the previous a 12 month period. This audit is undertaken to ISO 14064 standards and in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.
Once we have the amount of carbon used, we can then offset this by investing in carbon positive projects around the world. We only invest in projects which are Verified Carbon Standard or Gold Standard.
We are committed to continue to be a carbon neutral business and look at ways we can reduce our carbon usage throughout our business.
Stain repellency is a core attribute to most of our school uniform, we know only too well the many spillages that can occur during a school day and the pressure on parents to get them washed ready for school. Blazers, trousers and skirts are all produced with a stain repellent property.
We use Teflon Eco-Elite™ which is a bio-based and non-fluorinated stain repellent technology, the World’s first plant-based textile repellent. Because many if its ingredients can be regrow and replaced over time, its production leaves a smaller environmental footprint.
We’re conscious of the energy and waste we produce and it is part of all our responsibilities to minimise this. From, thinking before printing and email, switching off lights when we leave a meeting room, or recycling cans and bottles we consume, our staff are encouraged to follow good principles which are highlighted in our carbon usage annual report.
In addition to these good standard practices, all our waste is separated and the least amount possible is sent to landfill. We re-use and recycle; all cardboard is baled and recycled through an organisation called Smurfit Kappa and all waste management is registered through BIFFPACK and monitored by an annual submission.