“New Jane Goodall Institute ranger uniforms – protecting people and our planet”
Waste2Wear, Logonet and AFFIX Labs (Repeltec) have joined forces to create and donate innovative uniforms for the rangers at the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) in Gombe, Tanzania. These three companies echo the same values as the JGI of ‘Discovery, Innovation and Hope’. They collaborated to contribute these uniforms to show appreciation for the incredible work the JGI does for animals, people and our planet. This initiative is to commemorate 60 years of ground-breaking research on chimpanzees by this legendary primatologist.
So far, 2020 has highlighted the delicate balance between people, animals and our planet. The true dedication and commitment of the rangers was never more apparent than during the Covid lockdown in the region. The rangers who protect the endangered chimpanzees in Gombe, continued to work through the daunting challenges to ensure that all of the animals were adequately protected. People and animals are intrinsically linked, and we need to respect that relationship now, more than ever.
Since 1960 Jane Goodall has been an intrepid trailblazer and dedicated animal activist determined to ignite positive change in the world. Over the span of 60 years she has become a living legend as a renowned scientist. She has created global understanding of our likeness to the chimpanzees, as complex beings and our closest living relatives on the evolution chain. As a conservationist Dr Goodall believes that; ‘Everything is connected. Everyone can make a difference’.
Founder, of pioneering textile company Waste2Wear, Monique Maissan, has always been passionate about creating high quality products that relieve our planet. The new sustainable uniforms were made by Waste2Wear out of a soft and durable recycled polyester cotton fabric. In an environmental study, the production of these uniforms saved 2,484 PET bottles from ending up in a landfill; 2,347 liters of water was saved which would take one person 2 years to consume, 188kg of CO2 was saved which would take 8 years for one tree to absorb, and 2,527Mj of energy was saved which is enough to fuel a light bulb for 2 years.
Maissan also donated specially designed t-shirts to the institute saying: “It is a privilege to donate these uniforms and t-shirts to the Jane Goodall Institute in recognition of the truly valuable work they do to protect chimpanzees, other animals and our planet”.
Finnish company, Logonet designed the comfortable and easy to wear uniforms for the rangers with their superior knowledge of functional ergonomics for tropical workwear. Each garment has been treated with ecofriendly protective ‘repeltec’ which is a non-toxic insect repellent which is safe to use on skin. Repeltec itself does not kill insects, instead it inhibits them from landing by creating a halo effect on the clothing in which it is embedded. These uniforms are the ideal marriage of three companies and one amazing organization. Each, in their own way, is groundbreaking in their field and believe in doing good for our planet.