Please meet Kapes, Fairgreen's Official Uniform Provider!
Kapes Uniforms is a homegrown Dubai-based brand that helps schools to reduce its environmental impact by switching to a sustainable clothing solution. For every Fairgreen student that purchases a complete set of a new uniform, a free uniform will be provided to a child in need in a developing country.
Kapes, a homegrown Dubai-based brand that helped the school in reducing its environmental impact by switching to a sustainable clothing solution. By giving students the ability to become far more conscious consumers they feel connected to the items that they wear. It also allows the school to lead by example in promoting its sustainability mandate, while also celebrating innovation and supporting a local SME.
What You Need to Know
- 80% of Clothes go to Landfills
Around 80% of clothing globally makes its way to landfill. All polyester, nylon or other synthetic school uniforms in landfills will stay there for hundreds of years before decomposing
- Synthetic Clothes Cause Microplastic Pollution
Plastic particles washed off from products such as synthetic clothes contribute up to 35% of the primary plastic that is polluting our oceans. Every time we do our laundry an average of 9 million microfibers are released into wastewater treatment plants that cannot filter them. Because of that, these fibers end up in the ocean, and have already entered our food chain.
- Shunning Virgin Polyester
In an effort to reduce the impact that our uniforms have on the planet, which includes micro plastic pollution, our uniforms will be removing virgin polyester from our supply chain. For our polos, shorts, skirts and trousers, we will be using Organic Cotton instead, and our House Kits will be made using recycled polyester. These uniforms will be made at factories in India and China that are certified by SEDEX, one of the world’s leading ethical trade membership organisations.
- Offsetting Our Environmental Impact
In partnership with Green Story, a platform that allows clothing manufacturers to measure and mitigate their environmental impact, Kapes have taken a deep dive into their supply chain to calculate the impact of making each product, and by making this sustainable change.
On average per item purchased, Fairgreen will save approximately 25.39 litres of water, 2.53kms in driving emissions and enough electricity to power 321 light bulbs for an hour. With the remaining impact being offset by purchasing carbon credits.
The remaining impact will then offset, by purchasing carbon credits to support the Wildlife Works’ REDD+ project, which protects over 500,000 acres of highly threatened Kenyan forest, securing the entire wildlife migration corridor between Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks, and brings the benefits of direct carbon financing to more than 100,000 people in the surrounding communities.
For every Fairgreen student that purchases a complete set of a new uniform, a free uniform will be provided to a child in need in a developing country, which will be manufactured at the world’s only carbon neutral, fairtrade factory protecting wildlife.
Fairgreen International School is also part of the carbon offset fund that Kapes supports. It is based in Kenya and is called the Wildlife Works Kasigua Corridor Project. We calculate the impact of producing each Uniform item, and then at the end of each Academic year we buy carbon credits to offset the uniforms bought, thus making the purchases carbon neutral. For every 1 tonne of carbon emitted, we purchase 1 credit. It is likely that Fairgreen will be about 35 tonnes over the course of an academic year.
To find out more information about Kapes please visit: www.kapes.co