At Blåkläder, we know that the most important parameter for reducing our carbon footprint is that our workwear be used as much, and for as long, as possible. One high-quality garment can help to reduce the number of garments produced per person. We also know that high quality always implies a smaller environmental footprint, as it minimizes the need for transportation, raw materials or other resources in the production chain. By selecting the right materials for every garment, we make it more likely that garment will last even longer. This generates sustainability and quality at every level.

Our priority is to create garments of quality that show a commitment to durability and longevity. Curiosity and innovation are our way of getting there. Blåkläder’s primary sustainability objective is long-term use. We are always keeping up-to-date on the latest research into sustainable materials and fibres. These may be new fibre blends, or entirely new materials. We are constantly testing out new materials and combinations that offer a smaller environmental footprint with no compromise on quality. We choose only the most sustainable fabrics and components, and that creates true sustainability.

We are constantly investigating how recycled materials can be integrated into our garments without compromising on quality. However, should the recycled material have a negative impact on the garment’s durability and longevity, then any benefits of recycling will be lost. This could even lead to increased consumption and an even greater environmental impact, which is a waste of resources.

As our garments feature components that are difficult to recycle, it is instead particularly important that we produce a durable product that will last. Since 2018, Blåkläder has been involved in a number of local and national projects that seek to identify the key to a sustainable future for the textile industry. Material blends and specific treatments are tested to ensure the desired protective qualities and functions are there, and to maximize the garments’ longevity. These fibre blends and chemical treatments are essential to the garment’s functionality as workwear or protective gear, but they also limit the options for traditional recycling. Instead, it can often be more beneficial to incinerate the garment with energy recovery once it has passed its maximum use, as incineration is the least environmentally damaging option.

The key to identifying the most sustainable solution lies in the right balance of functionality, protection, sustainability and environmental impact. Low quality is what is costly!