Design for durability

To create workwear that stands up to the daily wear and tear of hard work, we focus on the people that wear our clothes right from the start. We design with functionality, comfort, and longevity in mind, and test both materials and construction for performance. We promote circular business models, and always look for ways to further improve the durability of our workwear.

High quality requires high demands

We set high demands on the performance of all of our clothes. To ensure that we maintain high-quality standards across our entire product line, we have defined requirements for a large number of physical performance parameters. Any new materials or components are thoroughly tested in the initial phase, and many are disqualified due to low-performance levels.

To make sure that we maintain our high standards, we have our own laboratory staffed with textile engineers in our centre of excellence in Tukums, Latvia. In addition we utilise international labratories for the physical testing we can not perform in-house. Our testing is always in accordance with international standards.

Tested for hard work

To stay relevant and offer clothes that meet the needs of our customers, we perform thorough tests together with professional users. The feedback we receive is vital for our product development process, as well as to ensure that we develop the right products with the right functionality.

How it’s done

  • Tests are performed in close cooperation between our development team and the test subjects, aiming to evaluate and take action on fit, construction, and comfort improvements.
  • Products are tested in applicable weather conditions. 

Why it’s done

  • Certain aspects of how our clothes perform can only be determined after a longer period of use, sometimes even after the product launch. The results will then be considered in our continuous development process. 
  • Evaluating how fabrics and components perform over time in realistic conditions and situations, is equally as important as laboratory results.

Adopting circular business models

To address the global climate crisis, the textile industry needs to find more efficient ways of using and producing materials. We, the textile industry and Snickers Workwear as a part of it, need to adopt circular business models and increase the share of recycled materials in our clothing.

An industry under development

While the textile industry has been slow to act, it is now under pressure to improve in the fields of circularity and recycling. The European Extended Producer Responsibility legislation will speed up this development. However, there are many challenges when it comes to textile-to-textile recycling. There is a significant innovation gap between what is currently possible and what is needed to meet the demands of the future.

  • Textiles are commonly downcycled into rags, isolation panels, or mats. 
  • Commercialised solutions for textile sorting is under development and not yet widely available.
  • Commercialised solutions for recycling fabric blends and complicated garments are, to a large extent, lacking.
  • Textile-to-textile recycling solutions are still, to a large extent, in the development phase.
  • For durability and longevity, workwear requires many different components, and this poses an inherent challenge for both recycling and downcycling.

Clever inventions make better workwear

We strive to create the most hard-working clothing with as little environmental impact as possible. To do so, we need to constantly invent and re-invent what we do. We keep up with the latest technologies, test innovative solutions, and look for intelligent ways to improve every step in our design process, and sometimes we can simply improve what we’re already doing right.

We’ve said it before and we’ll probably say it again, we can’t make hard work easy, but we do our best to make it easier to work hard.

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