Over the last two years, particularly through the pandemic, there has been an uplift in the demand for ethical uniform and also an increase in the ranges that are on offer from suppliers.
After the first lockdown, Fairtrade organic products sales dramatically grew, this was followed by a demand for British manufactured goods. We believe this was driven by a number of factors.
- Lockdowns prompted people to look to buy from their local businesses and manufacturers and gave them time to engage with their local community.
- The environmental crisis which has recently come to the forefront due to the increase in natural disasters which affect real people and the huge uprising of extinction rebellion just before the Coronavirus outbreak.
- The implementation of Brexit which has caused people to look locally for suppliers to avoid import duties and taxes.
During this period suppliers have been launching new ranges which, some of them are making their standard products organic, WRAP certified. Then there are whole new specialised products such as hi vis jackets and hi vis polo shirts, performance sports t-shirts, soft shell jackets and fleece jackets made from recycled polyester.
These products are completely new to market and give the opportunity for companies who need safety or specialist work wear, to make ethical choices which were not possible before.
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