Reducing Our Footprint

We are committed to reducing our footprint at all three of our locations. Changes range from big and small, and we’re especially proud of our efforts to reduce leather scraps, plastic shrink wrap, food scraps and plastic strapping. See below the ways we’re making our business more sustainable:

Compost and Recycling (updated July 2020)

  • Food composting – 6,366 lbs diverted from the landfill
  • Leather scraps – 27,699 lbs recycled
  • Plastic shrink wrap recycled – 8,490 lbs
  • Plastic strapping recycled 4,316 lbs

Other Changes

  • Electric car chargers – Watson Gloves Burnaby Branch is now part of the CleanBC Program – installed Go Electric EV Chargers at Burnaby Branch parking lot for staff usage
  • Reduced plastic packaging – plastic strapping will no longer be on our outer cases of disposable gloves
  • Coffee mugs – reusable for branch office use
  • Coffee-to-go mugs – offered to staff
  • Reusable water bottles for all staff
  • Cutlery – no plastic – now compostable wood
  • Stir sticks – no plastic – now compostable wood
  • Coffee pods – moved all 3 branches to 100% compostable organic fair-trade coffee pods, OneCoffee
  • No more plastic cups – we now only use cups made from 100% renewable resources certified by BPI and meet ASTM standards for compostability
  • Transitioned to LED lighting in all of our 3 branches – 30% energy savings
  • Transitioned to 50% post consumer printer paper
  • Catalogues – available online to reduce need for printing
  • Set up a recycling program for all pens, felt pens, sharpies
  • Annually, over 1,120,000 plastic poly bags are not going to the landfill. All glove styles from our largest supplier now come in landfill biodegradable bags
  • All of our BC factory gloves are now packaged in landfill biodegradable bags from Unitrend Plastics
  • Currently reviewing our printed glove tags and are transitioning to post-consumer waste shortly

Green Marine Partner

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We’re proud to be a partner of Green Marine, an environmental certification program that’s strongly aligned with our values. United by the same efforts in continuous improvement, Watson Gloves aims to incorporate best environmental practices to reduce our footprint, which is upheld by Green Marine. Learn more here.

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