Why choose Sapphire?
- We are a team of 120 dedicated to servicing what is important to you and your business
- We are highly adaptive and continue to evolve successfully
- You can plug and play within any of our 6 service offerings and scale as big and as fast as you require
- We can be relied upon to provide constant innovation
- We conduct ourselves as your business partner; we are not just another supplier
Sapphire in a snapshot
SKU’s On A Live Stock System
Invested in Our Clients Stock
Garments Produced in SA in 2022
Unique Delivery Sites Serviced Across Southern Africa/span>
LEVEL 1 B-BEEE
We are very proud of attaining a level 1 accreditation as a sector contributor
We are taking our initiatives even further in expanding the scope of our Enterprise Development programme, as we are uplifting previously disadvantaged people within the space of clothing manufacture and supply.
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Black Ownership 21.87%
Black Female Ownership
Procurement Accreditation Score
Our approach to our sustainability journey is much like our approach to our Business and Empowerment journeys; innovative and unashamedly authentic (no green-washing).
If you’re reading this, and we’re happy you are, we’ve deliberately inserted todays date, 30th January 2023. This is to ensure we do not rest on our laurels, continue our sustainability journey and meet our targets for next year 30th January 2024.
As you have noted, the Sapphire business is supported by 6 complimentary services. Not limited to a single sector means we have an almost limitless array of opportunities to improve sustainable business practices and not just for ourselves but for you, the brands we service too.
It made sense to start with the most impactful changes first. Some were easy. Some not. Some unexpected and yet all have provided interesting revelations along the way.
Below then follows a list of changes implemented already and a few short reviews of our favourites. For more details, please don’t hesitate to call us directly.
The journey so far: our 3 favourite successes
We have played a defining role in one of our partner’s (a large South African Retailer) sustainability journey:
- By updating their thermal paper quality of till rolls to BPA-free and reducing the paper weight from 55gsm to 46gsm, we achieved R2.2m annual savings, along with reducing the Bisphenol-A associated health risks. This resulted in an annual reduction of 28.5 tons of virgin paper reducing carbon emissions, water usage and limited the waste stream. Further to this, the transport carbon footprint is likewise reduced by 28.5 tons of freight, both by import (sea) and local distribution (road).
- We have successfully transitioned our Retailer partner from virgin plastic (recyclable) to 90% PCW (post-consumer-waste), well ahead of the Government prescribed schedule. The Government mandates are that the PCW content must match 75% by 2025 and 100% by 2027. Since the inception of the PCW programme an estimated 803 tonnes of PCW has been removed from the environment and that has avoided the same tonnage of virgin plastic from entering the environment. And as the next stage, we are already developing sustainably sourced woven bags to move our client out of even the post-consumer-waste arena completely.
- o Sapphire produces over 500 000 uniform and PPE items per annum for our contracted partner programmes. A large portion of the fabric utilized is a polyester cotton blend imported from China as it is not produced locally. We mandated our suppliers to use only recycled plastics in the formation of the polyester filaments. Thus far an excess of 15% of all imported poly blends are made from this new technology. The units of plastic waste are so large they are beyond measure.
In addition to our recent efforts, we continue with:
- Fabric sourcing extends to local manufacture where possible, specifically targeting CMIA (Cotton Made in Africa). Perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl compounds, or PFAS have been removed from our local dye houses for uniforms
- We are working on making a change from plastic clothing sleeves to bio zip lock bags (for clothing packaging) that are reusable and are perfect for children’s wet towels, lunches, etc)
- We continue our support of The Clothing Bank donations and reduce both of our waste to landfill statistics.
- We have further reduced our fabric waste in our supply chain by implementing digital lay markers.
- We will continue our upcycling services (repurposing old branding) for Capitec Bank, McDonalds SA and others
- We will continue as a strategic partner to The Clothing Fix in the production of locally made products from disadvantaged communities
We are looking forward to partnering with you.
Corporate Social Responsibility
The Clothing Fix
Incubated by Sapphire back in 2019, The Clothing Fix continues to sew back into South Africa by empowering a purpose-driven solution for the local manufacture of high quality clothing. Through a transparent digital platform, The Clothing Fix connects Corporate and Retail SA to highly-skilled informal clothing manufacturers.
At Sapphire, we believe that partnerships are key to our success, not only with clients, but with our supply base as well. Our Enterprise Development
Program allows us to work closely with our suppliers to deliver high-quality products and services to our customers, while at the same time, growing our supply base with us.