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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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Waterproof workwear made from recycled bottles for farmers and vets

Betacraft has launched a clothing range made from up to 25 recycled plastic bottles and 1-2kg of waste yarn per garment (e.g., discarded fishing nets, unwanted clothing, and excess yarns).

Its ISO940 eco range is now available in both men’s and women’s options with a choice of parka, overtrousers and bib and brace overtrousers from XS to 5XL.

The outerwear range, it says, is 100% waterproof with an impressive waterproof rating of 25,500mm.

Described as “tough and flexible”, the rip-stop fabric, with high abrasion resistance and rip prevention, provides “enhanced durability”.

A spokesperson for the company said:

“Betacraft has thought about comfort too and the moisture-wicking, breathable functionality keeps active users dry (5,000 rating).”

“Betacraft is committed to making innovation-led changes and sourcing responsible solutions starting with recycled fabrics, organic fibres, and global-standard audits across their supply chain.”
“Going forward, new, low-density polyethylene (LDPE) or corn starch options will replace plastic packaging.”

“Our range is perfect for outdoor workers or businesses seeking uniforms, for example: angling, nautical, haulage, veterinary, horticulturalists, landscaping, security, fencing, greenkeeping and more.”

“Corporate options (branding, bespoke designs, corporate gifting) are also available,” the spokesperson added.

Betacraft is a family company that celebrated 70 years in business this year, 2022 and ownership and management are now in the hands of the third generation.

The firm imports and exports a range of top-quality workwear, rainwear, menswear and fleecewear.

How to stay safe as a farmworker

In a previous article on That’s Farming, Jana outlined how you can stay safe as a farmworker.

Although it is not likely that you will suffer a fatal injury through wearing unsuitable clothing (unless possibly loose clothing near PTOs), having the right gear can go a long way to keep you protected from the elements while carrying out farm work.

You can easily avoid many exposure-related conditions, such as hypothermia and sunburn by simply wearing appropriate clothing.

It’s even more crucial that you wear adequate personal protective equipment. For instance, you need to wear robust, protective footwear that protects your feet from falling equipment or trampling livestock, as well as glasses, high visibility clothing, gloves and anything else that will keep your body safe.

Read more in this news article.

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