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SKYPRO is delighted to announce we are FlyEgypt’s official partners in the development of their new uniforms, from head to toe.

FlyEgypt’s new designs include more than 20 pieces including dresses, jackets, shoes, belts and scarves. SKYPRO received the design brief from the client, and both companies’ design teams worked in collaboration to develop the solution which best corresponded with their new brand image, sometimes even holding co-working sessions. FlyEgypt’s new logo is imprinted in the personalized scarves and ties, whilst all golden button details were custom-made.

Nuno Ribeiro, SKYPRO’s Product & Textile Sourcing Director, then had the task of transforming the design into reality:

“We worked in tandem with the design team to guarantee the final production stayed true to the vision and ensure the brand was represented in the best way possible. We selected light fabrics that would keep crew comfortable independent of the temperature, whilst maintaining a certain level of flexibility to ensure they could move around the cabin without constraints. We partnered with our top production plants to guarantee the best finish, and are extremely pleased with the end result.”

Nuno Ribeiro, SKYPRO’s Product & Textile Sourcing Director

FlyEgypt’s new uniforms were unveiled in November 2019 and are already live.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FLYEGYPT TEAM!

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5 WAYS CREW UNIFORMS CAN HELP AIRLINES ACHIEVE THEIR SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS

SKYPRO 2020 Collection shoes and handbag made from sustainable Piñatex leather alternative, ocean-recycled soles, and biodegradable lace caps

As airlines continuously look for solutions to reduce their carbon footprint and achieve carbon-neutral status by 2050, often the tonnes of uniforms worn by aviation professionals are overlooked, even though most are neither biodegradable nor recyclable. Read below to understand how a small shift in uniform strategy could turn them into one of the levers towards achieving your sustainability goals.
Most major airlines have started making considerable efforts to reduce their carbon emissions – from Qantas’s pledge to go Carbon Neutral by 2050, to IAG’s promise to offset carbon emissions for all UK domestic flights as early as 2020, and HiFly’s first single use plastic-free flight introducing a number of sustainable initiatives into practise.

From making fuel out of consumer waste, replacing plastic dishes and cutlery with bamboo alternatives, to using electric vehicles to collect luggage… When it comes to finding sustainable, carbon-reducing solutions it seems that airlines have not left one stone unturned. With the exception of crew uniforms.

A large airline has around 20000 crew wearing an average of 20 pieces of uniform clothing and accessories each, from shirts to badges, from bags to shoes. The wrong choice of materials and it could be ordering 20 tonnes of unsustainable clothing to be offset elsewhere. And once we take into account staff rotations between 5-10% we are looking at another challenge: how to sresponsibly dispose of uniforms?

According to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) only 9% of corporate workwear today is recovered for reuse. Due to the composite nature of uniforms including blended fabrics and plastic buttons for example, recycling uniforms is not an easy task and requires specialized care.

SKYPRO is IATA’s only strategic partner in the development of uniforms, shoes and uniform management solutions for the aviation industry. Our mission is to continuously care for the health and wellbeing of crew whilst improving the efficiency of airlines. This includes helping them achieve their increasingly ambitious carbon footprint targets, in five ways:

1. USE OF SUSTAINABLE FABRICS AND MATERIALS
In the world of uniforms, most jacket linings are made from non-biodegradable synthetic polyester, buttons are made from virgin plastic, and although leather is a bi-product of the food industry the tanning process includes the use of several stages and chemicals including which in turn could end up in the water supply if not carefully monitored.

To help reduce the impact of uniforms to the environment SKYPRO is able to produce using a number of alternative, more sustainable materials.

For example, we have the capability to manufacture shoes and accessories made from Piñatex as an alternative to leather: a sustainably-sourced material made from the leaves of the pineapple plant which are traditionally discarded or burned in the food industry. It is strong, lightweight, breathable and pliable and inspired by the natural surface of full-grained leather.

Further alternative materials we use include recycled hemp or cotton fibre buttons instead of plastic, ocean-recycled rubber soles, post-consumer recycled polyester linings and biodegradable fibres. All customisable to reflect airlines’ brand values and needs.

2. CERTIFIED TOXIN-FREE UNIFORMS TO PRESERVE CREW HEALTH
Many fabrics and leathers used in mass production contain small quantities of toxic substances which worn daily could affect human health. These include chromium, chlorophenols, formaldehyde, etc. and could build up to long-term effects to crew and the environment.

All SKYPRO fabrics are Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certified, meaning every thread, button and other accessories have been tested for harmful substances and that the article therefore is harmless in human ecological terms.

3. MADE IN PORTUGAL WITH ECO-RESPONSIBLE SUPPLIERS
We favour working with suppliers who care for their own carbon footprint. For example, our fabric supplier uses recyclable, carbon-friendly and biodegrable materials, produces almost all of their energy consumption through their own solar panels and reuse over 50% of their water resources. They also reuse the scraps from production to develop the textiles for one of their sister brands, contributing to a circular economy.

Furthermore, given the majority of the clients SKYPRO works with today are based in Europe, Middle East and North Africa, most of our production is made here in Portugal – which not only ensures we can be agile and verify the quality of our products ourselves on a regular basis but also that we reduce the carbon footprint of our shipments and deliveries versus producing in the Far East.

4. REDUCTION IN OVERSTOCK AND WASTE THROUGH MYSKYPRO PORTAL
mySkypro Portal is the industry’s first end-to-end Uniform Management System and represents the digital revolution of uniform management. Amongst several benefits, the portal allows for seamless uniform order forecasting thanks to our artificial intelligence smart learning tool: it recognizes patterns in crew ordering behavior and size split and matches it with stock levels and production lead times to accurately trigger order notifications when needed. Airlines no longer need to hold significantly higher stock levels than needed and have less “waste” stock in sizes crew do not need – showing sustainable does not always need to be more expensive and can actually help achieve cost savings.

5. UNIFORM RECYCLING CAPABILITIES
Every year several tonnes of old clothing are simply dumped into landfill and the composite nature of blended fibres make reprocessing and recycling a challenge. SKYPRO is able to partner with third parties who have identified sustainable solutions to either recycle or upcycle disposed garments.

Feel free to contact us at sales@wearskypro.com if you would like SKYPRO to evaluate your current uniforms for free and learn how we can help make them contribute to your sustainability targets.



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Enter the SkyHero Recognition Initiative for your chance to win!

Heroes of the Sky. We see you. We care. SKYPRO. Feel the Ultimate Care.

Heroes of the Sky. We see you. We care.
SKYPRO. Feel the Ultimate Care.

LIFE WORKING IN THE SKIES COMES WITH ITS CHALLENGES, YET CABIN CREW ALWAYS GO FAR BEYOND THEIR STANDARD JOB DESCRIPTION TO ENSURE PASSENGERS ARE SAFE AND HAVE THE BEST FLIGHT EXPERIENCE. ABOVE AND BEYOND, THEIR HEROIC MOMENTS AT 35,000 FEET CAN RANGE FROM ADMINISTERING CPR TO EASING THE NERVES OF A FRIGHTENED FIRST-TIME FLYER.
OFTEN THESE MOMENTS GO UNNOTICED, UNTIL NOW!
AT SKYPRO WE SEE YOU, AND WE CARE. IN 2020, WE WANT EVERYONE ELSE TO SEE YOU, TOO.

WELCOME TO OUR SKYHERO RECOGNITION INITIATIVE!

To participate we invite airlines, passengers and crew to nominate a SkyHero for something amazing they accomplished on the job.

Skypro will not only give some much-deserved recognition to these heroic efforts, but reward the selected SkyHero of the month (and their nominator) with a free pair of SkyHealth Technology shoes from our collection, developed for the specific needs of aviation professionals.

Read on for specific entry details!

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A training program that is harder to get into than Harvard; working days that begin before the sun rises and finish way after sunset; strict grooming standards; working through holidays; fighting a constant battle with jetlag and fatigue; and the daily responsibility for the safe transport of hundreds of lives… Life at 35,000 feet sure isn’t easy.

Yet cabin crew face this reality on a daily basis with a smile. Sure they get to travel the world and meet interesting people, but few appreciate all cabin crew are actually capable of and how much hard work it takes to ensure passengers can sit back and enjoy their flights.

These Heroes of the Sky are trained to save lives, deliver babies, evacuate an entire plane in under 90 seconds, survive extreme conditions, manage conflict and even spot human trafficking.

Responding to emergencies big and small becomes a matter of instinct, yet with crew fluctuations and loved ones far away in another time zone, their heroic moments are often unnoticed.

At Skypro, we live to care for the health and wellbeing of these SkyHeroes, which is why every month in 2020 we will be honoring their heroic moments. To participate we invite airlines, passengers and crew to nominate a SkyHero for something amazing they have accomplished:

  1. POST Their story on either Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram
  2. TAG your SkyHero and show them you recognize their work
  3. HASHTAG #SkyproHero so we can find your post

The monthly winner and its nominee will each receive a free pair of shoes from our collection, developed with SkyHealth Technology for the specific needs of aviation professionals.

So what are you waiting for? Nominate a SkyHero today!

WE LOOK FORWARD TO HEARING THEIR STORIES AND HONORING OUR SKYHEROES!

SKYPRO is IATA’s only strategic partner in the development of uniforms and shoes that are specifically made to improve the health and wellbeing of aviation professionals. Meanwhile we look after uniform management from end-to-end so that airlines can devote more time caring for their crews and passengers. Find out more at corporate.wearskypro.com.

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SKYPRO IS PROUD TO PROVIDE THE ULTIMATE CARE TO VIRGIN VOYAGES’ ONBOARD CREW

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SKYPRO Iris Critchell and Carole Middleton shoes will complement Virgin Voyages’ brand new onboard crew uniforms designed by Gareth Pugh

Congratulations to Virgin Voyages on their beautiful brand new onboard Crew uniforms!

We are proud to announce that SKYPRO Iris Critchell and Carole Middleton heels with their unique anti-skid and permanent cushioning technologies were selected to complement these feel good looks and enhance the Virgin Voyages crew’s RockStar Service.

Learn more about Skypro’s technologies below:

http://corporate.wearskypro.com/skyprotech.html

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10 WAYS UNIFORMS CAN IMPROVE HEALTH & WELLBEING AT WORK

10 ways uniforms can improve health and wellbeing at work

When selecting uniforms, companies often pay attention to their image or cost rather than how they are made. Yet these clothes and shoes are worn on a daily basis and could be responsible for several work-related discomfort and health issues, leading to further costs to the employer down the line. Conversely, high-quality uniforms can have the opposite effect.

Skypro has been developing uniforms for aviation professionals for over 15 years. Through research they have learned that aside from the usual challenges workers face standing on their feet all day, airline crew have specific difficulties they take into account when designing uniforms such as regular impact on spine and joints from turbulence; the need to stay dry whilst pushing heavy trolleys through the aisle; regular changes in climate, and many others. This is why they have developed SkyHealth Technology, a combination of materials and systems that make Skypro uniforms perfectly adapted to the needs of their affectionately named Sky Heroes.

Here are ten ways in which Skypro guarantees a uniform can help improve the health and wellbeing of crew:

  1. FABRICS THAT LET THE SKIN BREATHE When air circulates under and over fabrics it allows sweat to dry quickly preventing bacteria build-up. This keeps skin dry and healthy and helps prevent bad odors.
  2. UV & MOSQUITO PROTECTION Few people know that mosquitoes and UV rays can penetrate fabrics. Yet there are finishes that can help prevent sunburn and diminish the incidence of diseases transmitted through mosquito bites, whilst remaining harmless to the human body and environment
  3. THERMODYNAMIC REGULATION TECHNOLOGY There are several ways in which clothes and shoes are able to regulate temperature and keep body and feet from getting too hot or too cold. This is specifically important for those who work in and out of air conditioned environments.
  4. TOXIN-FREE MATERIALS Many leathers used in mass production, contain small quantities of toxic substances that could affect human health such as chromium, chlorophenols, formaldehyde, etc. These are harmless when worn occasionally, but as uniforms are worn daily they could build up to long-term effects.
  5. ANTI-SKID SOLES According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), slips, trips and falls make up almost 20% of all job-related injuries and 65% of fall-related injuries occur from same-level walking surfaces. These can be prevented with the use of soles made from materials that have maximum slip resistance and a specific groove orientation for improved ground/shoe interaction.
  6. POROUS IN-SOLES FOR HUMIDITY CONTROL Several infections such as athlete’s foot and mycosis are caused by the build-up of fungi in closed and moist environments such as the interior of a shoe. In-soles made from porous materials such as Skypro’s Ambicork can help prevent this by absorbing excess humidity and keeping feet dry and clean.
  7. ALARM-FREE FOR HIGH SECURITY ENVIRONMENTS Several high security environments such as airports request anyone entering the premises to remove shoes when going through metal detectors which can lead to hygiene issues as feet come into contact with new bacteria. This is because often heels are made using metal components which would set these off. It is possible to make metal-free heels to help prevent removing shoes on a daily basis.
  8. ANTI-STATIC SHOES Anti-static technology helps conduct electricity through the insole, linings and outside into the ground to help minimize the risk of shocks from electrical equipment or live parts. The aim is to protect employees from dangers related to electrostatic build-up.
  9. PERMANENT CUSHIONING AND LEATHER SUPPORT FOR THE FEET According to WebMD, standing five hours a day contributes to prolonged lower-limb muscle fatigue which increases the risk for long-term back pain. Several shoes contain a certain level of cushioning which can help protect the spine and joints, but it can quickly wear out. Investing in strong yet malleable materials such as Skypro’s special microcellular structure and superior leather will keep your body in good alignment which can help reduce back pain.
  10. SOIL & STAIN-FREE FABRICS The main benefit of fabrics that reduce the amount of stains and soil they absorb is cosmetic, but beyond easy care they also contribute to keeping skin dry and comfortable.

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SKYPRO is IATA’s only strategic partner in the development of uniform solutions for the world’s most reputable airlines. Find out more at corporate.wearskypro.com

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