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It feels nice and soft, I’d like to wear it.

Pupil, aged 8

Helping You To Win Contracts

With more schools asking for evidence of sustainability policies in their tenders, we asked Jamie Morley, Business Development Director at David Luke for his insider view on which aspects of our business might help you when bidding for new contracts.

Eco-Uniform Credential

We’ve seen a huge shift in schools requesting co-specific technical standards in their tenders. All the garments in our Eco-uniform range contain polyester made from non biodegradable plastic drinking bottles, which would otherwise end up in landfill. Each item consists of part or total polyester content made from recycled plastic bottles. Back in 2009 David Luke Schoolwear was the first business within the industry to introduce recycled polyester to its product portfolio.Our Eco-blazer launched in 2009 and is now SCS Accredited.This means it is certified as being between 30%-100% post consumer waste.

Eco-Schools Partner

We’re proud to partner with Eco-Schools and in 2019 became the sponsor of their new Marine topic. In addition to collaborating with the Eco-Schools team on a variety of seasonal events such as the North West Eco-Schools Conference, we’ve produced free guides for schools, that show how they can deliver inspirational ideas from our 16 Under 16 ambassadors in school. These can be accessed via eco-schools.org.uk.

Ethical Trading Policy

We recognise that the factories that produce goods for David Luke, may have different legal & cultural environments in which they operate throughout the world, however we have an Ethical Trading Policy that sets the basic requirements that all factories must meet. In order to do business, David Luke asks that all of our suppliers adhere to the Ethical Trading Initiative and should expect to be inspected regularly.

Find out more about our Ethical Policy.

Supply Chain

We have a dedicated Sustainability Lead at David Luke who has been working hard to create a Supply Chain Map which incorporates our production cycle, raw materials and end of use options.

Demonstrating Sustainability through SCS Accreditation

Armed with the confidence of our eco-credentials, in 2018 we embarked on the process of becoming SCS Accredited to enable us to demonstrate that we have achieved the highest environmental, social, and quality standards for our products. SCS certification is to prove that the polyester we use in our products comes from post consumer waste.

16 Under 16

Motivated by a desire to put youth social action at the core of our sustainability communications, in 2018 we launched a nationwide search to find the UK’s most inspiring young environmentalists. Branded as ’16 Under 16’ the search enabled us to engage 16 of the most incredible young people to help us bring depth and meaning to our eco-uniform story. To date, our 16 Under 16 ambassadors have appeared in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Newsround, Teach Secondary and CWB making their voices heard on subjects including Closing the Fashion Loop and Why Eco-uniform Matters. Find out more about our 16 Under 16.

Adding Value through Sustainability

Adding Value Through Sustainability If you’ve been asked to identify additional activities or potential opportunities that may add significant value for the School, why not share a copy of our brand new lesson plan ‘Saving the planet one blazer at a time’. Developed in collaboration with a teaching professional, we’ve created a practical and engaging plan for KS1 and KS2 students including presentation slides and teacher notes.

 

I didn't know you could make school uniform out of plastic bottles. That's really cool.

Pupil, aged 9