Corporate clothing company targets air travel industry with new eco-friendly collection
Lyn Oakes Eco Collection
Thu 18 Apr 2013 – UK corporate clothing company Lyn Oakes has launched an environmentally-friendly clothing collection designed for the air travel industry. The garments in the ‘Eco Collection’ are made using 100 per cent wool or poly-wool that is derived from natural, sustainable and renewable sources. All interlinings are either viscose – a biodegradable silk-like material made with pine wood pulp from re-cultivated forests – or made from recycled plastic bottles. The buttons are made from the Corozo nut, which is found inside a large fruit that grows on the Tagua Palms of Ecuador. In line with the company’s other clothing, the collection is tailored, allowing airline brands the opportunity to have the garments developed to suit their particular requirements of style and colour.
“It is a unique collection that gives airline groups the opportunity to do their part in looking after the environment – without additional cost. The prices are directly comparable with our traditional products,” said Simon Oakes, Sales Director of the family-run business. “Of course, we’ve also taken onboard the particular requirements of corporate clothing for the airline industry – particularly the fact that uniforms need to be hardwearing, flexible and smart. We can create a style of jacket, waistcoat, trousers or skirt that best suits a customer’s particular need.”
The Eco Collection was the result of many months of research and development and the company had been working closely with its suppliers to find the best sustainable options for every element, said Oakes.
“Even the dyes or processes used within the production of the finished materials have been evaluated for pesticide usage and waste management,” he added.
All garments in the collection are tested and adhere to the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, where guidelines test for harmful substances across the manufacturing process. Part of the range has also been specially designed to be washed at lower temperatures, with less detergent and without the need for fabric softener.
Customers can be visited at their own premises so that all staff can be individually measured and once the garments are ready, a full fitting service can be offered to ensure a perfect fit, promises the company.
“We know that the environment is very much on the agenda of all airlines,” said Oakes. “While they are working towards cutting emissions, there are other changes airlines can make to their approach to green issues. Changing to our Eco Collection uniform is one obvious way they can make a real difference and it’s a story which staff can share with customers as well.”