Procure green textiles or textile rental services to reduce single-use disposables
12. Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns
UN SDG Target
By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
Level of Effort
Level of Effort Scale
1 -Quick Wins: solution involves adding criteria for the good or service being purchased (ex: certifications), minimal internal process changes.
2 -Long Term Adoption: solution requires some changes to internal processes and/or more capital investment (ex: digital transformation to reduce paper use).
3 – Disruptive Opportunities: requires significant investment and changes to internal processes (ex: retrofitting building)
• Assess the current inventory of tools and garments used to carry out your company's decontamination services.
• Engage with your current supplier to identify what other options are available and, if necessary, re-evaluate the type of supply used.
• Consider that often disinfection materials can be reused for efficiency and/or environmental footprint.
Improve equipment usage tracking and lifespan, which reduces the overall spend on equipment. Scope for supplier diversity and long-term supplier relationships that are aligned with your SDG (Sustainable Development Goals) targets increased cost savings, lower fees and surcharges.
Reducing waste sent to landfill by sanitizing reusable garments and tools for decontamination services.
Strategy Build & Execution
• Evaluate the market with the help of an Request for Information (RFI) that includes the current suppliers to encourage the choice of starting an internal reuse program or a similar program.
• Include a change management strategy in the RFI and implementation costs. Select supplier complient with supplier standards and certified products.
• Align with stakeholders on the the benefits of this action plan.
• Establish a tracking and reporting plan.
Supplier Negotiation & Contract
• Consider working with a supplier to build their capacity to create this circular economy and leverage long-term business partnerships for a discounted rate. Agree on quality and maintenance accountability and responsibility, quality management, the turnaround time for orders, and the opportunity to sell/receive credits for providing safety garments and decontamination garments and tools.
• Leverage connections to the market through negotiations by the inclusion of a clause with a discounted rate or benefit for vendors that specifically manufactures reusable tools.
Supplier Performance & Management
• Integrate waste tracking into supplier performance management.
• Evaluate suppliers' standards and certification for their products offered. If possible, keep record of the number of use cycles the reusable textiles undergoes before disposal. the number of washes the textile goes through and the amount of times it is reused are important data to determining if this strategy is successfully implemented. It should be evident that your textile cost decreases, and overall textile waste by volume also decreases, if the project is adopted successfully.
• Monitor annual CSR reporting (internal and external) of suppliers and stakeholders.
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