Hitches & Glitches uniforms now made from plastic bottles
Employees will wear environmentally friendly shirts, manufactured using water bottles that are used and recycled by Farnek employees
Hitches & Glitches, part of the Farnek Group, has introduced 100% recycled polo shirts for its employees.
Made purely from recycled plastic bottles (containing ‘rPET’ or ‘recycled PET’), Hitches & Glitches’ employees have started wearing the new shirts – each one putting six old water bottles to good use.
PET is best known as the clear plastic used for water and soda bottle containers, and is 100% recyclable.
The polo shirts will be manufactured by DGrade, which supplies eco-friendly products that are made from recycled plastic bottles (rPET).
For Hitches & Glitches, plastic bottles that are collected from new recycling bins in the Al Quoz Head Office and employee accommodation blocks are turned into yarn, which is then used to manufacture each of the shirts.
According to DGrade, producing yarn from recycled plastic uses 50% less energy compared to manufacturing virgin polyester yarn, and results in 55% less carbon emissions.
Markus Oberlin, CEO of Farnek, said: “Throughout this process, our aim was to ensure we were producing something that was both sustainable and functional. The unique shirt is a performance fabric that whisks away moisture, ensuring our staff are kept cool and dry while attending to customers’ needs, and at the same time helps us to reach our sustainability goals.”
To date, Hitches & Glitches has diverted nearly 4,000 rPET bottles from the UAE’s landfills and turned them into its pioneering sustainable clothing range. It plans to roll out the uniforms across its whole business, including Farnek, helping to further reduce the amount of plastic diverted to landfill.
The amount of plastic present within the UAE is increasing at an alarming rate, and takes thousands of years to decompose in a landfill.
DGrade’s research shows that the UAE has the fourth highest consumption rate of bottled water per person in the world, and that the country produces more than 2.75 billion rPET water bottles every year.
Currently, less than 6% of plastic is recycled in the UAE, and 50% of camel deaths in the country are attributed as a result of plastic ingestion.