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?
Picture this: it’s a warm and sunny day in the nursing home where you just finished giving room 103 a much needed thorough cleaning. It isn’t even lunchtime yet, but your shirt is already drenched in sweat.
A recognisable scenario? It would be for most of us. But there is a solution! One that keeps your staff or your patients cool and comfortable in the warmest conditions: COOLMAX® fabric.
COOLMAX® - what is it and why you should know about it
COOLMAX® is a highly breathable, sweat-wicking fabric that dries much faster than cotton. The material consists of manipulated polyester fibres with four channels. These channels make the fabric breathable compared to other fabrics, as they allow moisture/liquid to be drawn away from the skin.
The fabric was developed to regulate body temperature. Moisture wicks through the material via its channels to the outer surface area. Here, the moisture evaporates at a much higher rate. This function allows the material to dry much faster than traditional fabrics.
For which kinds of apparel would COOLMAX® be used?
WHITEWEAR supplies several types of clothing in COOLMAX® quality. Mostly T-shirts, but also singlets, long sleeves, polo shirts, and leggings. Together, we can figure out what suits your company or healthcare institution best. We will translate your needs and wishes into the right qualities and fit for your staff or patients.
Lastly, we add a dashing splash of colour to ensure your new workwear or patient apparel matches your brand colours and corporate identity.
More information about our range of knitted or woven textiles and apparel for hospitals, nursing homes, and professional kitchens can be found on our Products site.
Why COOLMAX is an excellent choice for workwear and staff apparel
The secret lies in the fabrics’ breathability. This allows you to create comfortable workwear or staff apparel for personnel in numerous different functions and situations. The OEKO-Tex® certified soft COOLMAX® fabrics are an excellent choice for a singlet, or a T-shirt worn under a lab coat. Or maybe your workwear is not complete without a long sleeve shirt – here, we find our navy-blue model to be particularly popular.
Whatever your needs are, WHITEWEAR delivers the right COOLMAX® products for your staff, whatever their job description. Think of uniforms for your cleaning staff or workwear for your public park maintenance personnel. Even nursing staff and caretakers will love to get a COOLMAX® uniform.
Read our guide to staff apparel in our blog entry: Three things you need to keep in mind when you buy staff apparel for the healthcare sector.
COOLMAX Is an excellent choice for patient apparel
When it comes to patient apparel, your patients will likely be pleased with the temperature regulating abilities of COOLMAX® styles. A pair of leggings, trousers, or a long-sleeved shirt will keep your patients comfortable and neither too warm nor too cold.
Read more about how patient apparel can affect your patients care in our blog entry: Patient Apparel for Hospitals
Would you like to know more about how COOLMAX can be of use to you?
Did you know that WHITEWEAR also delivers to private hospitals and clinics? Are you looking for practical, new workwear for your staff? Or would you like to make your patients as comfortable under the circumstances as possible, with quality hospital linen and comfortable patient apparel? WHITEWEAR are experts within all textiles for the healthcare industry – also for your private hospital or clinic. An overview for you:
Make your patients comfortable with excellent patient apparel
We have said it before and gladly do so again: patient apparel is essential for the people who check in to your private hospital. Nurses and doctors can easily recognise their patients and know for whom to care. Besides that, wearing patient wear helps your patients accept care.
WHITEWEAR's product range offers trousers, shirts, underwear, dignity gowns, and more. We are pretty confident that we have just the products you need – or else we make sure we can get it for you. Read more about patient apparel and why it matters so much to your patients in our blog: Patient Apparel for Hospitals
Professional and functional workwear for private hospitals
When it comes to workwear, few things are more important than functionality and practicality. Your co-workers wear their uniforms for hours at a time and almost year-round. Putting on a uniform should be a pleasant experience for your staff – not a displeasing one. Together, we figure out what you value most in your staff apparel. After a decision on workwear is made, we take care of the rest.
WHITEWEAR's workwear is designed to make your staff's daily routines as easy and comfortable as possible. We have carefully selected the best materials for the job, creating durable and comfortable uniforms of precisely the right quality. After all, you wouldn't want your staff to worry about their uniforms being see-through, now would you?
We never cease to look for ways to improve our products; workwear is no exception to that. Let us help you find proper uniforms for your staff – our blog offers you an excellent place to start: 5 tips for finding the best uniforms for nurses and doctors
Linens, cleaning cloths, and sheets for private hospitals
As you undoubtedly know, private hospitals and clinics use many different kinds of textiles. These towels, cleaning cloths, linens, bed sheets, duvet covers, and more have something in common. They need to be durable enough to withstand the stringent cleaning process of hospital laundry rooms. These textiles need to be washed often and at high temperatures. Therefore, not just any fabric quality will do.
We help you pick suitable textiles for your private hospital
Our customers cannot be summed up in just a single category; we help many different companies find the textiles they need. We aim to help you to the very best of our abilities – professionally and efficiently. While doing so, we value good cooperation and a good atmosphere.
WHITEWEAR offers you a solution where we take care of all the practicalities. You order your healthcare textiles, and we make sure they land on your shelves in the agreed-upon quality, size, and designs – on time.
We cooperate with many suppliers across the world. We deeply care about doing our part when it comes to improving working conditions. That is why, on March 1st 2021, WHITEWEAR became a member of amfori BSCI.
What is amfori BSCI
Amfori believes in a world where trade facilitates social, environmental and economic benefits for everybody. To achieve that, amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative) uses a code of conduct to which all members adhere. This code is built upon 11 principles and values that ensure ethically and socially responsible business conduct. The code also sets several demands for factories that produce our wares regarding their employees' working conditions. Conditions that are audited regularly by an independent third party.
Amfori BSCI's 11 Principles
Amfori's Core Values
Amfori has three core values that guide the organisation and its members: continuous improvement, cooperation, and empowerment.
Read more about our certificates and how we care for the environment and working conditions.
What Does the amfori BSCI Membership Mean to WHITEWEAR?
Many of our business partners are BSCI audited already. With the amfori BSCI membership, we can now actively participate in further improving working conditions, together with our business partners and in our own supply chain. The eleven principles represent areas where WHITEWEAR is obliged to continue working for an even better and more sustainable supply chain.
The amfori BSCI membership also incorporates the amfori Academy – an innovative digital platform for developing sustainable supply chain management skills. It offers training to both our business partners and us – knowledge we can use when we visit our partners across the world, allowing us to evolve together.
WHITEWEAR cares about the environment and decent working conditions for all parties involved, making the amfori BSCI membership a natural step in our continued development.
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.
You have consulted with your staff—they are likely to have many different opinions on how your workwear needs to look. Let us help you make the right decisions.
We have many customers who work in healthcare and residential care. Naturally, they have not all designed their uniforms the same way, but we have identified a few common features. We have compiled these into a handy overview. Here, we list the things you need to take into consideration, to make sure you order the right kind of garments for your hospital staff, your nursing home colleagues, or your residential care workers.
Important for workwear used in healthcare.
When you work in a nursing home or residential care, you need a uniform that works. Workwear needs to be practical and comfortable, regardless of what your staff are doing, whether it is bathing a resident, hoovering an apartment, or when driving home after a long shift.
Choose staff apparel that is:
1. Practical in use
2. Comfortable to wear
3. Suitable for the season
1. Practical Staff Apparel
Go for trousers, shirts, and tops that allow you to move freely. Choose durable stretch-materials, and pick flexible designs, such as those with elastic waistbands or an elastic back panel.
Pockets are indispensable for a proper uniform, many pockets even! And they need to be placed right, in easy-to-reach and convenient places. Do keep in mind that heavy pockets may cause the fit to change, resulting in uncomfortable wear, pulling at the neckline.
2. Comfortable Staff Apparel
Healthcare workers have varied workdays, filled with diverse tasks. Naturally, this also calls for a certain degree of flexibility in your workwear.
Fortunately, we can combine comfort and practicality. Choose uniforms made of stretch-fabrics and remember the elastic back panel and waistband we mentioned earlier. They give you more freedom of movement and add flexibility when it comes to size.
Moreover, look for uniforms made from breathable fabrics. Natural materials are often more pleasant to wear, such as those used in our popular COOLMAX T-shirts.
But workwear needs not only to be practical and comfortable; appearance does matter! You want your colleagues or staff to wear their uniform with pride; having good-looking workwear is a big helper. Uniforms do also need to be recognisable. After all, your workwear reflects your professionalism.
3. Seasonal Staff Apparel
The weather in Europe can be unpredictable, especially if you reside near the coast. We advise you to keep this in mind when choosing your staff apparel.
Provide your staff with layered clothing so they can quickly adapt to circumstances. Combine long johns and shirts made from breathable fabrics, for those cold winter days. Provide practical outerwear with reflex strips for improved road safety, and raincoats in which your staff can move freely, for those rainy and windy autumn days.
Read more about staff apparel for the healthcare and residential care sector. Contact us if you have any questions, need advice on choosing staff apparel suitable for your business, or you need a quote for a specific product.
We mention hospital textiles and healthcare textiles several times on our website. Maybe you have heard the term already, but do you know what the term covers precisely?
Hospital textiles or linen – also known as healthcare textiles – is a general concept that covers several products.
Hospital Textiles from WHITEWEAR
When we refer to hospital textiles or linen, we refer to the following articles:
These three product types have one thing in common: they can all be industrially washed, dried, and ironed, after which they can easily be stacked.
Healthcare textiles are durable and made for use in hospitals, nursing homes, care facilities, clinics, hospices, etc. It is no secret that the laundering process of hospital laundry rooms is a harsh one. Hospital textiles need to be able to withstand this stringent process while maintaining a level of comfort for the patient.
Hospital Textiles or Linen?
We mention both textiles and linen, even though linens are part of hospital textiles.
Originally, linen was defined as articles, such as sheets or clothes made of linen, spun from flax. Nowadays, linen is commonly made from cotton, but the definition otherwise remains the same.
Whether you need wholesale linens, hospital textiles, or other textiles: we would be pleased to provide you with a quote to produce these. Contact us – we will get back to you at the earliest convenience.