an average of 18 bottles are used for every blazer
The environmental impact of our lifestyles and consumption has come to define our era, and Juniper neither has nor ever shall shy away from the difficulties of maintaining a sustainable model. Whereas much of the clothing industry has only recently begun reflecting on its environmental footprint, Juniper first addressed its sustainability in 2010, joining up with suppliers David Luke – market leaders in this area – to introduce eco-blazers manufactured from cloth derived from recycled plastic bottles.
Juniper commits to harnessing positive environmental changes to the industry as more eco-cloth products enter the schoolwear market; we will always welcome innovative and eco-friendly materials by updating our supply when possible. As you browse our site, you might notice that a (rising!) number of items are accompanied by this icon ; this indicates that the item is manufactured using plastic bottle-derived eco-fabric. We are constantly looking to expand our eco-fabric use, while keeping on top of new eco developments and options in the market.
Juniper has begun working with its partner schools to encourage clothing re-use via second-hand uniform shops, which we are helping to establish. When well-maintained, good quality school clothing as supplied by Juniper can last for years.
We have also addressed our business infrastructure to optimise our efficiency and reduce our impact, including replacing all lighting with LEDs and, in 2018, ditching plastic bags in favour of recycled and further recyclable paper bags. Our mailing bags, too, are made from recycled plastic.
David Luke have created a short video demonstrating the recycling and manufacturing process:
All the garments in our eco-uniform range contain polyester made from post-use non-biodegradable plastic drinking bottles, which would otherwise end up in landfill.
Each item of our eco clothing is denoted by this icon: