Bisley Workwear

Foundation Member

Bisley Workwear Sustainability Actions

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Better packaging

In 2022 we will begin rolling out garment packaging made from 100% recycled Ocean Bound, post-consumer plastics. Pollution and poverty are inextricably linked and Bisley’s packaging partners, Better Packaging Co. work with coastal communities that are most impacted by the compounding effects of pollution and poverty to clean up their beaches and riverways. As a result, the living standards in these communities are raised and their environments improved. Better Packaging Co. is a certified B Corporation and Carbon Neutral, and the programme makes progress towards the UN Global Sustainable Development goals.

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Hangers made from ocean waste

We are currently working with Arch & Hook, the most sustainable hanger manufacturer in the world, to replace all our virgin plastic hangers with BLUEWAVE®, a 100% recycled ocean-bound plastic hanger program that is Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certified. With this environmental improvement we also gain knowledge and transparency of our hanger manufacturer. Currently our suppliers manufacture their own hangers, and we have no visibility of the suppliers' manufacturing procedures. As a world leader in Ethical and Sustainable practices, supplying to some of the world’s most recognisable brands, Bisley has confidence that we are making an impact on workers quality of living as well as the environment. The conservative estimate over 2 years, is converting 38 tonnes of post-consumer, ocean bound and marine plastic pollution to Bisley hangers. The result of this is 38 tonnes of virgin plastic being saved from production. Bisley is currently working with Arch & Hook to transition our buttons manufactured from the same ocean-bound plastic innovation. We will commence using the buttons in our production orders from Sept 2022. Bisley currently uses over 38 million buttons per year. The impact of us transitioning to recycled ocean bound plastic buttons is approximately 5.8 tonnes of pollution out of the ocean, resulting in Bisley using 7.26 tonnes less virgin plastic every year. Both the hanger and button programs clean some of the world’s oceans and rivers of pollution. Additionally, it provides quality of life improvements for the communities working with Arch & Hook.

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Cleaner oceans and rivers

To further validate our ongoing commitment to cleaner oceans and rivers, Bisley has joined the WWF – EMF Business call for a UN treaty on plastic pollution. As a signatory of the WWF Business call for a UN treaty on plastic pollution Bisley is committed to removing all virgin plastics in our supply chain, packaging, trims, buttons, hangers, zippers, swing tag kimbles and more converting to recycled and sustainable options. Our hanger, button, packaging and trims initiatives demonstrates our dedication and commitment to this treaty. We are working with our suppliers to convert our warehouse pallet wrapping, satchels and tape to biodegradable plastics to further reduce our consumption of virgin plastics. We anticipate this roll out in late 2022.

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Recycled yarns from ocean plastic

In 2021 Bisley introduced a recycled polyester fabrication to our sustainability journey. Single-use plastic bottles are collected, keeping them out of our oceans. They are shredded then melted and spun into yarn. We use this up cycled yarn to make our durable workwear. Using recycled polyester lessens our dependence on fossil fuels and keeps plastic bottles out of landfill.

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Sustainable and Ethical supply chain

As a global company, we recognise the responsibility we have for our entire value-chain. Our efforts in this year were focused on establishing a dedicated team to drive our sustainability work, and build the foundations of ethical sourcing within the business through aligning with key experts, training and research and development..Bisley joined Textile Exchange ini March 2021 as part of our commitment to the Sustainable and Ethical supply chain. Textile Exchange is a global nonprofit that creates leaders in the preferred fiber and materials industry. Textile Exchange develop, manage, and promote a suite of leading industry standards, as well as collect and publish critical industry data and insights that enable brands and retailers to measure, manage, and track their use of preferred fiber and materials. With a robust membership representing leading brands, retailers, and suppliers, Textile Exchange is positively impacting the climate through accelerating the use of preferred fibers across the global textile industry. We actively participate on the Hub with industry leaders to gain knowledge to assist us to improve our practices. With our new Climate+ strategy, Textile Exchange is the driving force for urgent climate action on textile fibre and materials with a goal of 45% reduced CO2 emissions from textile fibre and material production by 2030.

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Ethical production and supply chain

The Commonwealth Modern Slavery Act 2018, was a great catalyst for our team to prioritise and further drive ethical sourcing initiatives across our global value-chain We have submitted a Modern Slavery statement to the Australian Federal Government. We recognise that as a global apparel company, we are responsible for our value- chain and partners working in an ethical, legal and sustainable way. We have long standing, well established relationships with our supply partners. As a result, we believe that we can work collaboratively with them to ensure that Bisley's values and stipulated standards are not only shared with but also, agreed to by our supply partners. Bisley has a strong commitment to continually improve the lives of the people who manufacture our products. Our commitment to the Modern Slavery Act throughout our value-chain and domestic operations is a priority for Bisley. We have spent the last 12 months reviewing and recalibrating how to a address modern slave in our supply chain, and auditing. In addition, we have joined a number of ethically based and environmentally focused NGO's and organisations as part of our ongoing commitments. .

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