Profile Sustainability Initiative



Contractors for:

Profile Ltd




Community Program

Short Description

The textile sector is one of the main contributors to the deterioration of the environment. The main environmental impact related to this industry is the water waste that it generates and the chemical load it contains. Other important problems are the consumption of water and energy, bad odors, solid waste, noise and the generation of atmospheric emissions.


3. Background

3.1. The Traveling Sewing Box Project

The Traveling Sewing Box Project was created by Victoria Martinez Azaro in 2017. The project’s objective is to give immigrant women a voice and a sense of participation within society by giving them a space to slowly stitch their thoughts and feelings on a piece of cloth while talking and sitting around other women in a safe and supportive environment.

This project aims to give immigrant women the opportunity to celebrate their own cultural background, life journeys and memories through any particular textile crafts inherent to their own culture. With the intention of salvaging and revaluing 3 culture through cloth, the Traveling Sewing Box Project has the objective to appreciate and celebrate the cultural value that immigrant women bring to New Zealand and to create financial and vocational opportunities. The project uses waste minimization strategies to help minimize textile waste within New Zealand local fashion, clothing and textile industry.

3.2. Profile

Since 1991 Profile has continued to provide creative uniform and supply solutions for Australasia’s leading companies. The ability to be diverse and agile in an ever-changing market drives continual strategic and outside the square thinking. Profile has had the privilege of working under multiple ownership structures which has provided immense depth, insights, and knowledge that is not typically gained as a New Zealand based uniform provider.

Profile believes in providing an environment where people and our team matter. Our ethos to embracing gender, cultural, and ethnic diversity, ensures we are a respectful and trusted partner.


2. Objectives

2.1. General Objective

  • Develop environmental social responsibility through community recycling and reuse programs to minimize textile waste in New Zealand from the company Profile.

2.2. Specific Objectives

  • Development of new skills to community refugee groups in New Zealand.

  • Social commitment to caring for the environment.

  • Job opportunities for refugee groups in New Zealand.


Fashion producers and consumers are increasingly aware that the industry needs to change, and many companies, including mass-market retailers, are beginning to integrate sustainability principles into their business strategies. For example, the Patagonia company produces polyester jackets obtained from recycled bottles.

The founder of Novel Supply, Kaya Dorey, won the UN environmental award “Champions of the Earth” in her youth category, for her initiative to design a production model with materials that do not harm the environment and to find solutions for the garbage resulting from the manufacturing process.

Our solution at the local level is for Profile to donate it’stextile waste to be repurposed within two programs that are being developed. One of those is for recycling clothes called Developing Vocational Opportunity program and another reuse program called Sustainable Community Gardens, below we briefly mention both projects.

The Developing Vocational Opportunities Program has been developed to empower and enhance the skills of migrant women with the intention of creating vocational opportunities and financial independence from recycled clothing items.


Abroad Global Charitable Trust

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