CJ Logistics is introducing its “ECO+ Uniform”, an upcycled plastic item of clothing, to its sites to create an eco-friendly logistics environment as part of its ESG practice.
2,000 upcycled plastic uniforms provided to on-site staff, as the first private company to do so
▶ CJ Logistics announced that 2,000 ECO+ Uniforms made from upcycled plastic bottles will be provided to its employees. CJ Logistics employees wearing new ECO+ Uniform are posing for the photograph.
On April 7, CJ Logistics announced that 2,000 ECO+ Uniforms made from upcycled plastic bottles will be provided to its on-site employees. ECO+ Uniform is an upcycled clothing item crafted from yarn that is made from recycled 500ml PET bottles that were originally used as packaging for mineral water and other beverages. This is the first case in which a private company has deployed upcycled clothing as an actual uniform.
It takes about 14 recycled PET bottles to make one ECO+ Uniform, so therefore, a total of 28,000 bottles have been recycled into the 2,000 staff uniforms. Also, as around 60g of carbon is emitted from 1 discarded PET bottle, the reuse of about 28,000 bottles for making uniforms is equivalent to reducing 1,680kg of carbon dioxide, which is about the amount 560 pine trees absorb a year.
Carbon reduction paired with a practical design built with on-site insight
The uniform not only reduces carbon emissions, but also features an excellent practicality as its design is incorporated reflecting the voices from the site workers. It’s a vest, which is an on-site favorite, lined to be worn in the spring and the fall, and conveniently features zippered pockets and pen holders for storage. The front side has a Safety Keeper label which symbolizes the Traffic Safety Campaign for Kids, as well as the UN SDGs Association label to communicate its image as a “delivery service for safety and to protect the environment”. The UN SDGs Association is an organization with ECOSOC Special Consultative Status designated as a body to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)-ESG across the UN and other global organizations.
An official from CJ Logistics said, “The COVID-19 pandemic led to a dramatic increase in the amount of disposable plastic waste, which is in turn accelerating related environmental problems. We are planning to lead the green logistics practice in the future by making conventional tools used in our sites with upcycled plastic products in addition to this uniform.”
Last November, CJ Logistics introduced a 1-ton truck to actual delivery rounds for the first time in the industry and will be replacing all vehicles with electric cars by 2030. By the end of this month, there will also be recycled palettes made of upcycled plastic on their sites as part of their varied efforts towards creating an eco-friendly logistics environment.