More and more companies start to focus on sustainability in recent years, starting a green transition - and with good reason! We need to be careful with our planet and its resources. That is why the time to act is now!
But where should you start? It can be hard to see the wood for the trees when it comes to sustainable alternatives, quality-assured certificates, and healthy production environments.
Let us guide you! WHITEWEAR is an expert in textiles and can guide you towards suitable fabrics and qualities – and we live and breathe sustainability. In this article, we tell you everything you need to know about recycled polyester.
Recycled polyester – hard-wearing since 1993
Should you opt for polyester workwear, WHITEWEAR recommends you use recycled polyester instead of traditional polyester. As you might know, polyester dries quickly. Even though it may seem like the latest new thing, recycled polyester has been around since 1993.
The only difference between then and now is that the production technologies have taken a giant leap forwards, resulting in far better fabric quality.
Recycled polyester is used for a myriad of products, where the fantastic properties and durability of polyester come into their own. Especially for sportswear, workwear, staff apparel, socks, and more, polyester is a sensible choice.
For more information about what to keep in mind when choosing workwear for your staff, read our blog, The Right Workwear for the Healthcare Industry: An Overview.
Why use Personnel Apparel Made of Recycled Polyester?
Other than being hard-wearing, recycled polyester dries quickly – even when worn. In practice, it means that if you need workwear for your staff that works under warm conditions, recycled polyester is a safe choice.
Furthermore, staff apparel or workwear is used over and over again. Therefore, your workwear choice becomes a sustainable one by choosing a product that can withstand repeated wash and wear without losing shape, colour, or function. After all, isn’t it better to invest in one good quality shipment of workwear that’ll last you a long time over many substandard ones?
Learn more about staff apparel by reading our blog, Three things you need to keep in mind when you buy staff apparel for the healthcare sector.
This is how we make sure our products are of premium quality
When we use recycled polyester in our textiles, we use recycled polyester manufactured according to GRS (Global Recycle Standard). This gives us a transparent supply chain with full traceability regarding the fibres, working conditions, and environmental impact of the manufacturing process. In practice, we know for a fact that our recycled polyester is made from previously used plastic, such as old plastic bottles, fishing nets, etc.
Like all other WHITEWEAR products, our recycled polyester styles are OEKO-TEX® certified. Choosing OEKO-TEX-certified textiles helps protect your staff from harmful chemicals that are often found in non-OEKO-TEX-certified fabrics.
Would you like to know more about how recycled polyester can make a difference for your staff apparel, patient apparel, or healthcare textiles?
When a patient is admitted to a hospital in Denmark, they often receive a set of patient garments to wear. Chances are that WHITEWEAR produced these garments – and we have done our utmost to ensure these patients receive the best garments with the most comfortable fit.
WHITEWEAR produces healthcare textiles and garments, following the individual wishes and demands of each customer. We can guide you to textiles in materials, fabrics, and qualities that best fit your designs and needs.
When it comes to patient apparel, fit is an essential factor to consider. After all, patients admitted to the hospital have other things to worry about than ill-fitting garments that pinch in inconvenient places.
The garments need to be produced in comfortable materials and designs. They also need to be easy to use for both your staff and your patients. Design and fashion are less important, not in the least because these garments tend to disappear.
How Patient Apparel Can Improve Patient Care
Producing patient garments is WHITEWEAR’s area of expertise. We know for a fact that the right patient apparel can make a difference for both your patients and your hospital staff.
A few years ago, the Danish Nurses Organisation (DNO) interviewed ten patients to hear about their experiences regarding patient apparel.
How Patient Apparel Helps Your Nurses
The study shows that patient apparel made it easier for the nursing staff to recognise their patients, especially when they mix with other patients or a group of relatives. High-quality patient apparel can also help to reduce the risk of infection because the garments can endure being washed at very high temperatures.
Furthermore, patient apparel is an excellent service for your patients, who never again have to worry about bringing clean clothes from home. That said, patient apparel can also contribute to anonymising patients and keep the patient locked in a patient role.
How Patient Apparel Helps Your Patients
The patients are generally content with their patient apparel, as it clearly labels them as patients. In a way, this helps them to receive and accept care. Patient apparel also strengthens the bond between individual patients, creating a sense of togetherness.
On the other hand, can patient garments also make the patients feel more ill than they might be, as the garments identify them as being hospitalised. The study showed that many of the patients who were on the mend, therefore, preferred using their own clothes.
Source: “Patient garments create and protect an identity” (in Danish)
We know which patient garments you need
The order process at WHITEWEAR is relatively straight-forward. You place an order, and we make sure the right garments land on your shelves, in precisely the qualities, sizes, and designs we agreed upon. We take care of all things practical along the way. Clean and simple, as we prefer.
Read more about patient apparel here. Contact us to hear if there is any way we can help you with patient garments for your private or general hospital.
When you work in a hospital, you know that your workwear is put through the wringer daily. That, of course, sets high demands for both the quality and functionality of your workwear. But there are also other things you need to keep in mind when ordering staff apparel for nurses and doctors.
As with any workwear, durable materials and decent construction make a difference in your workday. An active every day in a hospital needs to go by without you having to worry about your trousers being see-through or your shirt tearing on a sharp edge.
A comfortable uniform
However, durability should never come at the sacrifice of comfort. After all, you wear your uniforms for many hours and (almost) year-round. Putting on your uniform should, therefore, be a pleasant experience - not an annoying one.
Your checklist for choosing staff apparel for healthcare professionals:
1. Be wary of see-through quality fabrics
As a nurse or a doctor, you need to be able to focus on your patients, not worry about whether your undies are showing.
2. Go for practical and spacious pockets
Whether you need a lab coat, scrubs, a tunic, or a shirt; pockets are indispensable. We recommend large, deep hip pockets and a chest pocket.
3. Go for a good fit
Poorly fitting workwear can make for unhappy staff. Offering a selection of different fits enables your nurses and doctors to wear the uniform that fits them best. For an even better fit, we recommend using workwear with elastic waist or back panel. After all, the stretchy material snugly hugs the wearer's body, no matter their body shape.
4. Quality made for the healthcare industry
Your new uniforms are going to be washed repeatedly, at high temperatures. You will notice that garments specifically designed for use in the healthcare industry, can withstand the stringent hospital laundry process, leaving you with beautiful uniforms that last.
5. Choose the right sizes
Staff members come in all shapes and sizes. Make sure you have garments for them all - both existing and new staff members. If needed, we can assist you with recommendations to which sizes are commonly required.
As per usual – or something new?
For some customers, staff apparel as per usual is the way to go. For others, a few minor adjustments to standard items will do the trick. But even when you need to have developed an entirely new collection of staff apparel, based on specific demands, needs, or wishes, we can be of assistance.
No matter which solution you prefer, you are more than welcome to contact us. Naturally, we can provide you with a quotation for a specific product, but we can also act as your sounding board, should you so require.
Do you need new uniforms for the entire hospital? We can guide you to the right fabrics and qualities. We strongly recommend setting up a task force that can map the different department's needs and wishes. The task force can then weigh the various options and wishes, and find the staff apparel that best suits all needs.