Think Forward: Our New Silver Sustainability Certification / by Britt Howard

Big news: We just achieved Sustainability at Work Silver Certification!

one way we reuse fabric at PGF! 

one way we reuse fabric at PGF! 

At PGF we strive to Think Forward, conducting our daily operations with one eye on the future, not only of garment industry technology but our impact on the planet. Naturally, sustainability is integral to our business model. How can we combine innovative production methods and recycling practices to reduce waste and environmental impact? Here is our Sustainability at Work plan authored in implemented by our Sustainability Leader, Stephanie Liedman, and a few photos of recycled and up-cycled projects by our very own Kristina Nelson using factory scraps. 

Kristina makes dreamy tops and pouches from left over fabric and...

Kristina makes dreamy tops and pouches from left over fabric and...

Daily Activities

From using scrap paper for notes and drafts, to reusing lightly used packing material and boxes, we’ll keep waste paper and cardboard out of the landfill and give used materials new life. We’ll continue to use washable cleaning and dusting rags and send our used printer cartridges out for recycling and refilling. Fabric scraps will be recycled by Gemtext or through creative reuse projects.

...cozy blanket sewn from Solmate Socks scraps...

...cozy blanket sewn from Solmate Socks scraps...

Energy

In an effort to reduce our energy usage we’ve recently set all office computers to sleep after 15 min or less of inactivity. We will continue to turn off all computers, lights, machines, and heating systems at the end of the day. 

Community

We are committed to educating our clients and our community about fabric recycling options. We will notify clients about recycling options or offer to recycle scraps for them at the factory. We will communicate to our community that we have fabric scraps, strips, and scrap drawing/patterning paper available free to the public. 

...sweet lil' woven coasters made from small scraps and...

...sweet lil' woven coasters made from small scraps and...

Disposal and Recycling

In addition to fabric, PGF also recycles plastic bags, plastic film, and rigid plastics. We also offer our employees the ability to recycle and safely dispose of batteries, fluorescent lightbulbs, old cellphones and electronics, and hazardous waste including old cleaning supplies, insecticides, etc. 

All our old furniture and equipment will be sold or donated when upgrades are made. 

...rad leather goods too! 

...rad leather goods too! 

Extras

PGF provides a bicycle repair kit, pump, and lock for employees and guests. Additionally, we have a shop bike available to employees for short trips. All employees and guests are welcome to bring and store bicycles on site in a secure location when visiting and working at the factory.