Sustainability at Medanta

High quality, product safety, transparent production processes and traceable raw materials are the cornerstones of sustainability.

Responsibility begins with the designer.

We select the raw materials for our materials in line with sustainability thinking: high quality gives textiles a longer useful life and reduces the burden on the environment.

Our supply chain is based on transparency.

MedantaFlex, MedantaKnit and Medanta4way, as well as our new ReFlex and EcoDenim fabrics, are made using formulas designed by Medanta’s textile engineers, beginning with the raw fabric, for the use of our company only.

Medanta’s materials are certified in line with the OEKO-TEX standard.

They are free from harmful substances and are safe for their users, thanks to their antimicrobial technology.

All of Medanta’s materials are produced responsibly in factories that comply with the guidelines of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Since October 2019, all of the cotton used in Medanta’s materials has been purchased through the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) platform. This means that the cotton has been produced responsibly – more sustainably than conventional cotton in terms of social, economic and environmental responsibility.

Better Cotton Principals and Criteria

Crop Protection

Minimize the harmful impact of crop protection practices

Water Stewardship

Promote water stewardship

Soil Health

Care for the health of the soil

Management System

Operate an effective management system


Enhance biodiversity

Fibre Quality

Care for the preserve the quality of fibre

Decent Work

Promote decent work

Our Newest Materials

Our newest work clothing materials, the eco-friendly EcoDenim and ReFlex fabrics, are the most recent examples of our product development work. EcoDenim is made using recycled polyester and organic cotton.

The main raw material for ReFlex is Repreve, a recycled fibre. Coca-Cola is one of the companies with an extensive agreement on using Repreve. Recycled plastic bottles are used to produce polyester fabric for Coca-Cola T-shirts.*

The newest result of product development is a 100% organic material that contains BCI cotton, hemp and fibre made from corn.

Our materials are manufactured in Europe and China. The factories use responsibly produced fibres, such as Ecovero, SEAQUAL, organic cotton and BCI cotton.

Our European contract factory has its own power plant, and it sells its excess energy. The factory also has its own wastewater treatment plant, which recycles 85% of the water used (15% evaporates in the process). In addition, the factory has an environmentally friendly recycling process for all chemicals, such as dyes.

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Responsible Logistics

Our materials are transported from Asia to Europe by rail, which is the most ecological freight option.

The most significant environmental effects of clothes arise from washing and maintenance

More than 70 million kilos of textile waste is generated in Finland each year. The environmental impact of work clothes is significantly smaller than that of fashion products, as the industrial washing process has a smaller carbon footprint than washing clothes at home. Industrial washing requires fewer washes and less detergent. Tumble drying consumes energy, which is why Medanta’s easy-care clothes can be hung to dry and don’t need ironing before use.

Textile Recovery and Recycling

Over the past year, we have identified reuse solutions for Medanta’s branded work clothes in cooperation with Gaia Consulting Ltd.

In line with Medanta’s recovery model, we accept used work clothes from our customers and recycle them responsibly.

Medanta is constantly seeking reuse solutions for textile waste in an attempt to ensure that the added value remains in Finland.

In May, in accordance with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), it was agreed in Geneva that plastic waste will no longer be transported globally from the source country without consent from the receiving countries.

Recovery Model

We are currently recycling used Medanta textiles through our partners. The recovery model enables the carbon-neutral disposal of textile waste

Our company also has European partners for recycling textiles to be used in absorption in the chemical industry, as soundproofing, as filler and in the plastic and composite industry. We determine case by case whether it makes sense to find a responsible reuse solution in Finland or transport the waste outside Finland.

We also donate work clothes to crisis areas through the Finnish Red Cross.

All our materials are technical, flexible and breathable – on a par with sports textiles in terms of performance.

A Greener Future

Medanta is involved in several development projects that seek more sustainable solutions for recycling. Product development and research projectsinclude, for example, an antimicrobial biodegradablefabric created through the processing of granulatedplastic and resin. It is our dream – and realistic goal – to be able to dispose of work clothes that have reachedthe end of their life cycle by burying them in the ground. This goal is only a few years away from becoming a reality.

Medanta’s work clothing lines – the competitive edge

Traceable and sustainable materials

Technical and comfortable materials, well-being at work and smaller thermal stress

Material safety: occupational and patient safety, infection control/less contamination, no unpleasant odours (antimicrobial technology)

Easy-care materials and products (short processing times, wrinkle-free, non-iron)

Unique textiles as part of the customer company’s image, atmosphere and communication (appreciation of professionals and work clothes, professional identity). Enhancing the customer experience and building the brand.

Buffer storages for contract customers and the possible centralisation of storage/logistics. Quick and reliable deliveries. A starter kit concept. Ease of ordering (contract clothing lines and prices in a digital ordering channel; saves time and reduces costs).

Premium products manufactured making use of mass production and long series.