Corporate clothing procurement

The Scottish Parliament Corporate Body (SPCB) approached the end of their corporate clothing contract and were very keen to improve sustainability in this area to ideally eliminate any of their end-of-life clothing going to landfill. Zero Waste Scotland and Business in the Community (BITC) provided advisory input, by suggesting some potential areas/questions to ask their supply chain. BITC shared examples from other textiles procurements supported by their community of practice. Zero Waste Scotland also attended a meeting with their Supported Business supplier (Haven).

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The discussion focused on: options to move away from embroidered corporate logos to other options for removable corporate logos so workwear can be reused or recycled, and opportunities for the Scottish Parliament to move to more sustainable materials for clothing through the Supported Business Framework. The clothing manufacturers were also asked about how they design clothing from the start so that it is durable, repairable and can be recycled at end of life.