How to Discard an Old Uniform Responsibly
It’s the end of the year and 2018 is seeing some of its last days. Time to hit the reset button and bring on 2019, a time for a fresh start and new beginnings. Out with the old and in with the new. In the new year, businesses will be looking at ordering new uniforms for their employees, while others may decide to give their uniforms a brand new look. Either way, what happens with the old uniforms? Should you simply chuck them in the trash, give them away, or keep them forever? Let’s look at the options.
Keeping Backups of Your Uniform on Hand
If the company hasn’t redesigned the uniform and it’s still in good condition, keeping it as a backup is a great idea. In an event where you have no opportunity to wash your uniforms, having a backup on standby comes in handy. Whether it be rain or even a busy schedule, you’ll never have to break uniform protocol or, heaven forbid, wear a dirty uniform to work.
Recycling Old Uniforms
If your company has redesigned the uniform or if your old uniform is too worn out, remember that fabrics can be recycled. It reduces landfill and promotes a greener environment. Some fabrics release harmful gases when burnt. Since landfills and dumps usually burn waste, imagine the massive contribution uniforms play to clouding the skies with toxic fumes.
Instead of throwing them in the bin, consider using them as rags to clean your house, shoes, tools and so on. If you or your kids enjoy arts and crafts, you could give the material another use like making home-made pillows or bags. If you’re good at it, you could even try selling your creations or giving them to charity, which brings us to the next option.
Donating Uniforms to Charity
If your old uniform is easily de-branded and is in good condition, consider donating it to a charitable cause. An item of clothing you no longer want or need will go a long way to enrich the life of someone else. There are many charities who are constantly looking for assistance in their cause. Remember, if your company is actively involved in charity work, it promotes a great reputation and strengthens your corporate social investment (CSI) endeavours.
Keeping Your Brands Image and Integrity in Mind
All of the above are great ways to retire an old uniform responsibly. However, remember to keep your brands reputation and image in mind at all times. A person pretending to be an employee of your company is a massive security risk and could jeopardize your company’s trust rating. Uniforms should be protected much like identity documents. If they fall in the wrongs hands, the consequences could be dire. Likewise, instruct employees to return branded uniforms if they leave the company.