Hi-vis focus on recycled plastics


Industrial supplies company Blackwoods has developed a hi-vis vest made from 100 per cent recycled plastic bottles, as part of its push for a more sustainable clothing range.

This follows the company’s recent adoption of The Global Recycled Standard (GRS), a voluntary and internationally recognised standard which requires the use of 20-100 per cent recycled materials, and a commitment to environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing processes.

According to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Australia is the world’s second-largest per capita consumer of textiles, with more than 800,000 tonnes of clothing sent to landfill each year.

The department’s figures also show that Australians consume an annual average of 27 kilograms of new clothing per person and send an average of 23 kilograms of textile waste to landfill.

A Blackwoods spokesperson stated the company is working towards the elimination of waste to landfill by 2032 as part of its adoption of a more circular economy.

Using recycled polyester from both pre-consumer and post-consumer sources can help minimise waste, textile incineration, as well as the reliance on virgin fibres for manufacturing.

“At Blackwoods we are committed to reducing the emissions intensity of our business and improving our resilience to climate change,” the spokesperson said.

The company hopes to collaborate with its customers to expand the recycled materials range to polo shirts and rainwear.

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