This month we cover a critical topic—one that is near and dear to the Bishop team—which is Social Responsibility and Sustainability.

Through our creative distributor partners we design and source for the world’s largest companies and organizations, as such we have had a mandate for over 20 years to create a network of factory partners that have exemplary records in social responsibility. Our many certifications speak to our success in this regard, but we will never stop the process to improve even more.

It is our responsibility at Bishop to present to you with the latest innovations in sustainability, empowering you to make a variety of choices which can substantially reduce the negative impact on the environment, while at the same time making no sacrifices with quality, performance or styling.

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The key to any strong sustainable story is the partnerships throughout the supply chain. Bishop was the first to introduce a sustainable collection of stocked fabrics in the
promotional products industry. Back in 2005 we launched our sustainable collection consisting of soy, bamboo, and organic cotton fabrications along with RPET (recycled) polyester fabrics.

With the acquisition of Bishop by Edwards Garment, a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition organization, we have added a key piece to our sustainability story.

The SAC is a group of retailers, brands, and organizations that are committed to improving environmental sustainability in the textile and apparel industry at the global level. We are proud to say that Edwards was the first uniform company to join the SAC!

The Edwards partnership with the SAC allows us to learn from their best practices and set goals for continuous improvement. Bishop’s Director of Operations and Chief Compliance Officer is a member of Edwards’ SAC committee, which involves the review of company-wide practices and supply-chain evaluation.


Bishop is proud to include a knit fabric supplier that practices water-saving dye processes (60% water saving compared to conventional methods). All water wastage is put into a water filtration system and turned into clean water and reused for the fabric dyeing process.

They also use clean and renewable energy sources (solar power, natural gas, recycled energy system) and no fossil fuel used to run the factory.


Bishop‘s supply chain features a factory utilizing waste water treatment plants and clean air strategies including tree-planting, wet scrubbers and cyclone separators.


Another innovative technology included in the Bishop supply chain is a factory that uses dry rooms to eliminate all moisture from finished garments before final packaging—this prevents the growth of mildew or mould during ocean transportation and eliminates the use of harsh chemicals like formaldehyde.

Waste Water Filtration Steps

Reverse Osmosis Equipment

Sand & Activated Carbon Filter

Ultra Filtration Device

Solar Energy

Tree Planting


One way we can help make any uniform program greener is to consider more sustainable alternatives.


Replace Virgin Polyester Content with Recycled Polyester Content (RPET); either Repreve® or GRS (Global Recycled Standard) Certified

RPET fabric is made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles. Compared to making what’s called ‘virgin fiber’, opting for RPET offsets using new petroleum, resulting in fewer greenhouse gas emissions and conserving water and energy in the process.

Using RPET does not alter the appearance or handfeel compared to standard

Repreve® is a US-based company with a recognized name, using verification programs U-Trust and Fibreprint. Repreve® also offers marketing support in the formof bottle counts, POS, and on-garment applications.

Consider a brand partnership between the end client and Repreve® that features in their social media / website and adds to their sustainable brand story.


Choose Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is made from natural seeds. There is no use of pesticides or other harmful chemicals.

Bugs are controlled with insects that kill pests. As a result, organic cotton products are safer for the skin.

Organic cotton is rotated from one soil to another. The nutrients retain water for longer, requiring lessirrigation. This leads to healthier crops.


Choose Tencel™ to replace a portion of non-sustainable content

With incredible absorption characteristics, Tencel™ is breathable and less susceptible to odorous bacteria growth.

As a naturally derived fibre, it is also biodegradable. Tencel™ is a sustainable fiber made from responsibly harvested trees.

Reputation for a environmentally responsible closed loop production process, which transforms wood pulp into cellulosic
fibers with high resource efficiency and low environmental impact.

This solvent-spinning process recycles process water and reuses the solvent at a recovery rate of more than 99%.


Choose Sustainable Polyester (waterless dyed polyester)

This polyester option can save 87% of water when compared to the conventional dye process.

  • Less fiber and chemical discharge during the home laundry (1 gram per garment)
  • Fabric is more durable and has more fluff and premium hand feels.
  • No bleed to decoration or to another garment during washing.


Choose recycled polyester content (RPET) for sewing, embroidery thread, and labelling

Reduce virgin polyester production which offsets using new petroleum, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and conserving water and energy in the process.


Introduce Hemp content into a blend

Hemp plant is naturally very resistant to pests and growth requires little water. This is a clean air benefit that reduces pesticide load on the environment.

A densely growing plant, hemp literally chokes out any competing plants. This means harsh chemical herbicides aren’t necessary.


Many companies are already committed to reducing their plastic use. Another giant step towards reduced virgin plastic consumption is looking at the plastic polybags that uniforms are shipped in.


Choose recycled plastic to replace virgin plastic polybags

Recycled plastic requires less energy, water, and creates lesspollution than virgin counterparts.

Using recycled plastic polybags enables those raw materials to be utilized again and keep goods out of the landfill.

1 ton of recycled plastic saves 16.3 barrels of oil and 5,774 kWh of electricity.


Choose recycled paper apparel bands to replace plastic polybags

Paper can be recycled many times before its fibers become so short that it cannot be remade into any new paper product. It can also be composted. Additionally, paper is more likely to be recycled than plastic.

1 ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, and 4,200 kWh of electricity.


As a West Coast proud company, Bishop has made supporting local charities a priority, particularly as the number one donor and contributor to ‘One More Time’, helping some of Vancouver’s most vulnerable citizens on the Downtown Eastside.

One More Time Charity has served over 38,000 delicious homemade meals to the hungry and less fortunate people of the Lower Mainland, BC.

They have also provided clothing for
over 5,000 people and distributed more than 300 sleeping bags and 500 blankets to keep the homeless warm on the cold winter nights.

In addition, Edwards has several community outreach initiatives with signficant organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YMCA, and The Salvation Army.