Garment supplier Next Level Apparel has announced that it is transitioning its entire product line of polyester blended fabrics to recycled polyester.
It made the move at the start of March, impacting all incoming fabrics from now onwards. It builds on its commitment to ethical and responsible sourcing.
It follows Next Level Apparel’s 2019 launch of its Sustainable Collection, manufactured from an eco-friendly fabric made with 70% recycled material. Through the garments in that collection, the company has already repurposed over five million recycled plastic water bottles.
Next Level Apparel CEO Randy Hales said: “Eliminating waste and reducing our impact on the environment is one way we continue to help support and improve the communities where we live and work. Our transition to recycled polyester marks a big step in our ongoing sustainability efforts – and we’re proud our company ethos is reflected in the products we produce.”
Earlier this year, the company transitioned all incoming fabric to 100% US-grown cotton and initiated a partnership with Oritain to provide origin verification for its worldwide cotton programme and partnerships with GK Global and Grupo M as it seeks to strengthen nearshore production accessibility.
Carly Gerstman, director of corporate social responsibility at Next Level Apparel (NLA), said: “We recognise the responsibility that we have as a brand to find ways to mitigate our impact on the environment wherever possible. Though there is no simple solution, this is yet another opportunity for NLA to continue to set a high standard by implementing more sustainable practices throughout our supply chain.”
Next Level Apparel garments are distributed in the UK through wholesaler PenCarrie.