Safety and workwear specialist Arco has launched a new range of workwear that is ethically sourced and produced with a fully traceable supply chain.

The new “responsible” garments are made with durable fabric and reinforced features to increase the longevity of clothing that is used in tough working conditions.

They also have extended washability, meaning they can withstand more washes, retaining colour stability and without shrinking.

It has been developed with responsible clothing manufacturer Lyfcycle, with a unique QR code on each garment that allows users to trace its journey through the supply chain with the use of an app.

All garments are made from Global Recycled Standard (GRS) certified recycled polyester and Better Cotton-certified cotton. Packaging is made using GRS-certified 100% recycled plastic.

The garment supply chain is also assessed and verified for fair and ethical practices by third-party social audits including the Workplace Conditions Assessment (WCA) and Accord standards while production processes are assessed on being environmentally responsible by BSCI and GRS.

The new range includes men’s and women’s fit garments in up to six different colours, with sizes from XS to 5XL. The initial launch range includes T-shits, polos, sweatshirts and cargo trousers.

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Pictured: Arco’s new responsible workwear

Andrew Tapp, product and procurement manager at Arco, said: “Responsible choices in products are increasingly important to customers – we’re seeing an increase in enquiries, not only about what Arco is doing as a business, but also in the products we supply.

“We therefore identified a clear need to develop and launch a new range of more responsible garments that could support customers with their sustainability goals, but which was not possible through the current workwear market.

“Using a unique design and approach, the range offers peace of mind to customers with proven credentials whilst remaining excellent quality and competitively priced.”

Jim Harbidge, head of sustainability at Arco, added: “The launch of our responsible workwear range is an exciting moment for Arco and is a practical example of how, as a business, we are taking action for a safer tomorrow.

“At Arco, we believe our job is never done when it comes to sustainability and that is why we are committed to providing responsible solutions for safer businesses. This new range is one of the many steps we’re taking to make more responsible choices and to help our customers do the same.”

Headquartered in Hull, Arco reaches customers through its website and national network of safety centres and stores, providing decorating services including embroidery and heat seal badging for branding and personalisation.

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Pictured: Arco’s new responsible workwear features QR codes for full traceability of each garment