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Responsible Choice

A carefully selected range of products to help you achieve your sustainability goals

At Arco, we take our responsibility towards the environment very seriously, and we know that many of our customers are seeking to make more responsible choices too. We want to make it easy for you to shop more sustainably while giving you the confidence that the products we sell have been rigorously tested and had their claims verified.

We've spent some time researching and exploring schemes such as WRAP's Textiles 2030 and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as well as gathering feedback from several of our own customers. This has allowed us to group together some main themes that are relevant to your industry.

Our new Responsible Choice system helps our customers make informed selections when purchasing PPE, workwear and safety equipment. On eligible product pages, a Responsible Choice section will help you identify the important qualities of the product, while you can also filter your search results to get to relevant products more quickly.

Whether a product is biodegradable, contains recycled materials, or possesses the EU Ecolabel, we've captured this information in our product data to help make your selection easier. This list of possible features isn't exhaustive and as the market evolves, we'll keep our data up to date so you can stay informed and buy with confidence.

Made From Recycled Materials

Items with this label contain fabric or other elements which have been recycled from other products.

Made in the UK

Shipping products from overseas can contribute to excessive greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing the distances that products travel helps to lessen the impact on the environment. These products are all manufactured in the UK to minimise the distance travelled.

EU Ecolabel

These products have been assessed as meeting high environmental standards throughout manufacture, distribution, and disposal. The criteria also encourage manufacturers to generate less waste and CO2, and to develop products that will last longer or that can be repaired and recycled easily.


Products with this status support the responsible management of the world's forests. The FSC label on our FSC-certified products means they are made from material from well-managed, FSC-certified forests and other controlled sources or from recycled material.

FSC-certified forests are managed in a sustainable way, to maintain biological diversity while simultaneously benefitting their workers, economic viability and local residents.


To achieve net zero carbon emissions, the manufacturing process of a product needs to balance the amount of greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere with that removed from it. Products within this categorisation have been manufactured through a process that achieves this balance.

Recyclable by the Manufacturer

Some items are complicated or expensive to recycle through standard processes, however, looking out for this label will help you find products which can be returned to the manufacturer for recycling once they're finished with.

Extended Product Life

Items with this label can help you cut down on waste and avoid repeated manufacturing processes that can contribute to pollution and energy usage.