Nurture the future


For over 150 years, Trutex have supplied high quality school uniforms to customers across the UK and the world. We have always been committed to nurturing the future, now more than ever.


Key statistics

 

  • 4 million+ garments manufactured every year
  • Selling to customers in 29 countries
  • Teams in the UK, China, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
  • Distribute via 700+ independent retailers in the UK

Our pledges

 

As well as our pledge to publish a Modern Slavery statement by the end of 2020, we pledge to do the following by 2025:

  • Keep and improve our manufacturing high ethical standards
  • Continue our status as a Carbon Neutral organisation
  • Use only sustainably sourced fabrics where possible
  • Reduce single-use plastics by 50% in packaging
  • Work towards a commercial solution to recycling used clothing

Manufacturing with Trutex

We work with twenty Tier 1 factories across Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and the UK, and we visit them regularly. We’re proud that all our manufacturers have signed the Anti-Bribery statement and all those in Bangladesh are members of the Bangladesh Accord agreement.

As an ETI member, every production facility is audited using approved methodologies from SMETA or BSCI in line with local laws and Human Rights frameworks. We don’t allow subcontracting unless reviewed and approved by us in advance to the same standards as our Tier 1 factories. Trained team members are on site at our offices in China, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka to maintain strong relationships with our suppliers, many of which have been with us for five or even 10 years.

 

Trutex products

All our Trutex garments are Made to Last, with superior fabrics and construction that ensure our school uniform will be grown out of before it’s worn out.

  • 60% less micro-plastic fibre shedding than other leading brands
  • 100% stronger trousers and 100% less shrinkage on polo shirts than competitors
  • 100% recycled post-consumer polyester fabrics used in our blazers, skirts and trousers Learn more about Re-vive polyester here
  • Using sustainably sourced viscose in our trousers and skirts
  • Using responsibly sourced cotton in our 100% cotton knitwear - read our updated cotton sourcing statement here
  • Choosing Teflon EcoElite, the world’s first plant-based textile repellant, as our stain resistant finish on trousers and skirts

Carbon neutral

We are the UK’s first carbon neutral schoolwear company and have been a carbon neutral organisation since 2012. Our operations are audited against ISO 14064 and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and we continue to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint as well as offset it in a range of global projects. Learn more about this project here.

 

Plastic reduction

In 2020 we changed our plastic carrier and mailing bags to carbon neutral, fully recyclable sugar cane material, and we’re currently looking at ways to reduce our plastic used in our packaging further.

Waste reduction

All our waste is separated to ensure as little as possible goes to landfill and we are always looking for ways to reduce our waste in every area of our business.

  • Uniform items that we can’t sell are sent to Giving World, a charity which redistributes these garments to families in need across the world
  • We use FSC certified, carbon balanced paper from the World Land Trust
  • We use energy saving lamps in our head office, resulting in a CO2 reduction of over 19,000 kg a year
  • All data about our recycling and disposal of waste is independently monitored through our BIFFPACK Waste Management Scheme membership