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Where do most of your corporate embroidered garments actually come from?

Small report of the textile industry:

The general textile industry in France and in the world is :

  • In France: 154 billion euros of turnover and 442 million euros of discarded clothes/year.
  • In the world: 1,378 billion dollars of turnover and 2.1 billion tons of discarded clothing per year. In short, it is the 2nd most polluting industry in the world after the oil industry.

Fortunately today, we are becoming more and more sensitive to our environmental impact whether it is on our food or clothing consumption. However, in the professional context, have you ever wondered where your corporate embroidered clothes that you received from your superior come from? or the ones you wear at the office?

Embroidered corporate clothing, why?

Corporate embroidered clothing is a real functional tool within a group of employees. Indeed,

  • They allow to spread the culture of the company through the logo worn by its employees.
  • Also to reinforce the corporate culture through pieces that look like you;
  • Salary recognition and integration of new recruits;
  • They can be both the ideal gift and your communication support on an event.

Where do the clothes come from?

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But if you take a look at the label on your custom apparel, you'll find that, in most cases, your corporate embroidered apparel has often traveled the world before it ends up on you! Today, cotton is produced mostly in the United States, but the majority of the lower-priced clothing is made in Asia. In particular Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Turkey and China. Then they are sold in Europe.

Many very toxic products are used in the manufacturing process of the corporate embroidered clothing like the azoic dyes which are very harmful and carcinogenic or the heavy metals (lead, nickel...) very dangerous for the health especially with the inhalation. Practically all the products used are prohibited in the European Union but unfortunately not in Asian countries where manufacturers prefer them to reduce costs.

More companies want to consume more ethically and therefore want to buy eco-responsible** embroidered clothing. But despite the embarrassing practices of garment creation, suppliers continue their sales and thus, too often your corporate embroidered clothing is finally coming from countries where the working conditions and hygiene of employees are far from being respected.

Not very ethical green marketing by companies:

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Another problem, known in the world of the textile industry, is misleading green marketing. Companies try to improve their image with consumers without changing their way of working. This method is more commonly known as "greenwashing".

Some companies create clothes with GOTS embroidery but still made in countries like Bangladesh. It is therefore legitimate to ask the question, does a garment that is GOTS certified but produced in huge quantities in Bangladesh meet my vision of ecoresponsibility? It is very complicated to obtain a total transparency on the whole production chain of these clothes which are very far and not very accessible. So we buy thinking that we are ethical when we are not necessarily. Other companies that offer corporate embroidered clothing communicate on "Made in France" to sell their product as such, while only the finishing part (embroidery, printing...) is made in France. The embroidered clothes of companies come in fact from Asia.

In addition to the question of eco-responsibility, there is the question of quality, the embroidered clothes of companies, lose in quality of product. The fabric is less solid and the shape changes over time. The life span of the garment is therefore reduced, thus the cost of use increases. Hence the importance of really checking who your company works with for corporate embroidered clothing purchased for various reasons.

Solution:

If your company wants to become more environmentally responsible and consume more sustainably, consult your superiors and advise the company Club Tina. A startup specialized in the creation of eco-friendly clothing for companies that take care to select its partners!