Spring is right around the corner, and you know what that means – it’s time to shed those winter layers! From refreshing wardrobe updates to must-have merch for outdoor adventures, we’ve got you covered. Let’s dive into how you can gear up for the warmer days ahead!
1. Revamp Your Wardrobe with Vibrant Staples
As the sun shines brighter, it’s the perfect opportunity to refresh your wardrobe with a splash of colour. At Red Roo Australia, we’ve got a wide range of clothing options that will make your spring outfits pop:
Delta Dress: When the days get warmer, you’ll need something light and breezy to stay comfortable. Our Delta dress is designed for just that – easy, elegant, and perfect for those sunny spring afternoons: https://redrooaustralia.com.au/product/delta-dress/
Whether you’re looking to update your clothing collection with colourful staples or seeking the perfect merch for your clients and team members, we have everything you need to welcome spring with open arms.
Are you in need of ordering hi-vis vests for your workplace? Hi-vis vests play a crucial role in enhancing safety and visibility in various work environments. Whether you want to distinguish between contractors, visitors, and staff or ensure the visibility of workers during the day or night, choosing the right vest is essential.
In this blog post, we will address some common questions and considerations raised by our client, M. B., regarding hi-vis vests. Let’s dive in!
“I’m needing to order some different colour hi-vis vests for my workplace to indicate the difference between contractors, visitors, and staff. It says in the blog that the hi-vis standards for the main colours are red, orange, and yellow (lime green). Red isn’t that common, or is the blog referring to pink?”
Cassie, from Red Roo Australia:
“That’s correct if you need to meet industry standards. Red is not as common as it used to be, with most hi-vis workwear shifting to either yellow or orange. Pink shirts will only meet standards for night-time use (so long as it has a reflective stripe). Do you require hi-vis to be worn day to day generally? Or are you only wanting vests to identify visitors compared to staff?”
“Definitely day to day. A lot of our visitors and contractors go into our manufacturing plant and warehouse. The staff also go into these places as well day to day.”
Cassie, from Red Roo Australia:
“To ensure compliance with Australian Standards, it is preferable to stick with the base colours such as yellow, orange, and red when selecting hi-vis vests. These colours provide the necessary visibility and meet the requirements for daytime use.”
“Is the visibility tape on the vest only necessary for night-time work?”
Cassie, from Red Roo Australia:
“Yes, the reflective tape on the vest is primarily intended for night-time work when visibility is reduced. If you are just wearing the vests during the day, then reflective tape is not necessary. However, if you have forklifts or other machinery moving around a darker warehouse, having the reflective tape wouldn’t go astray.”
In summary, when choosing hi-vis vests for your workplace, it’s crucial to consider the industry standards, the purpose of the vest (e.g., identifying visitors, contractors, or staff), and the lighting conditions in your work environment. While yellow and orange are the most common colours, red is less frequently used in modern hi-vis workwear.
If you have any further questions or require additional assistance, feel free to reach out to us!
Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is based on a chat conversation with a client and is intended for informational purposes only. It is always recommended to consult relevant safety standards and regulations before making any decisions regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) for your workplace.
When it comes to customising uniforms, selecting the right decoration method is crucial. With many different options available, it can be overwhelming to decide which technique suits your specific business’ needs.
This blog examines four popular decoration methods that are ideal for uniforms and their unique characteristics. Whether you’re looking for a subtle embroidered logo or an eye-catching all-over design, this guide will help you make your uniform memorable.
Embroidery: Adding Elegance and Detail
Embroidery is a classic and sophisticated decoration method commonly used on the left-hand chest of shirts, caps and beanies. It involves stitching the design onto the fabric, creating a raised, textured effect. Embroidery is particularly suitable for showcasing logos, monograms, or intricate details. Its durability and professional appearance make it a popular choice for corporate uniforms and team apparel.
Heat Transfer: Vibrant Colours and Fine Detail
When it comes to designs with multiple colours, intricate patterns, or short runs, heat transfer is a versatile and cost-effective option. This method involves using heat to transfer a design onto the fabric. It provides excellent colour vibrancy and allows for intricate details to be captured accurately. Heat transfer is an ideal choice when you need to customise a limited number of shirts or when the design requires precise colour matching and shading.
Screen Printing: Versatility for Large Designs
Screen printing is one of the most widely used decoration methods, renowned for its versatility and ability to create bold, high-impact designs. It involves applying ink through a mesh screen onto the fabric, resulting in vibrant and long-lasting prints. Screen printing is particularly suitable for large design areas, making it a popular choice for t-shirts, hoodies, and the backs of work shirts. Its affordability, durability, and ability to reproduce intricate artwork make it a go-to method for many uniform customisations needs.
Sublimation Print: All-Over Design
For those seeking to make a statement with their uniforms, sublimation print offers a unique solution. This method enables you to achieve an all-over design that seamlessly covers the entire garment. Sublimation involves using heat to transfer dyes onto the fabric, resulting in vivid, permanent colours and exceptional detail. It is particularly effective for designs that cannot be achieved through screen printing or embroidery alone. Sublimation print is perfect for sports uniforms, event apparel, and situations where a visually impactful, customised look is desired.
Selecting the right decoration method for your uniforms is a crucial step in creating a visually appealing representation of your brand. If you need help choosing the right technique, we can provide personalised recommendations based on your desired outcome, budget, and timeline.
A Comprehensive Guide for the Construction, Trade and Mining Industries
Your staff uniforms are an essential part of your brand image. They not only reflect the style and culture of your business but also play a significant role in keeping your employees safe and comfortable while they work, especially if you are operating in the Construction, Trade and Mining Industries. In this blog, we’ll provide a comprehensive 4-step guide on how to choose the perfect uniforms for your business.
#1 – Align with your Brand Image
The first and foremost thing to consider while choosing your staff uniform is how it represents your brand image. Your uniform should reflect your company’s values, culture and style. For example, if your business is more traditional, then a classic, corporate-style uniform might be a better fit. On the other hand, if your business is more laid-back and creative, then a casual and trendy uniform might be a better option. Make sure the uniform you choose accurately represents your brand and makes a positive impression on your customers and clients.
#2 – Comfort and Durability
Comfort and durability are essential factors to consider when choosing a uniform. Your employees will be wearing the uniform for extended periods, so it’s imperative to choose one that is comfortable and breathable. Consider the type of work your employees will be doing and choose materials that are suitable for their work environment. For example, if your employees work in harsh outdoor conditions, high-visibility workwear made of weather-resistant materials would be a good choice. On the other hand, if your employees are tradespeople, breathable polo shirts that dry quickly would be an excellent option.
#3 – Safety Requirements
Depending on the industry you work in, there may be specific safety requirements that your uniform must meet. For example, if your employees work in the mining industry, they may need to wear high visibility workwear that meets Australian safety standards. It’s essential to be aware of these requirements and choose uniforms that meet them to keep your employees safe and compliant while they work.
#4 – Customisation
Customisation is another important factor to consider when choosing a uniform. Whether it is adding your company logo through embroidery or screen-printing, or simply customising the fit and style, having a uniform that is uniquely tailored for your staff can help to reinforce your brand image. Look for a uniform supplier that offers customisation options and can help you find a uniform style that is trending and uniquely customised for your business and staff.
Also consider the turnaround time when looking for a uniform customisation supplier. Did you know? Red Roo provides the fastest turnaround time on custom uniforms – ONLY 10 DAYS, compared to the industry average of 6-8 weeks.
Ultimately, choosing the right uniform can make all the difference in keeping your employees safe and comfortable while they work, as well as in creating a presentable and professional look for your staff that leaves a lasting impression on your clients and suppliers.
We understand purchasing uniform for your staff is an investment. So, it is important to be getting value for money. You want it to be comfortable for your staff and durable for their challenges of their job, especially when your staff spends more time on-site.
There are cheaper options on the market, however you will quickly learn that it is false economy, with the items having to be replaced often, having implications on both your budget and the environment.
How To Pick Quality Hi Vis Uniforms
Here are 3 quick tips you can use to ensure you’re getting good quality hi-vis uniform (refer to the images above):
The seam lines will be double stitched and reinforced with over-locking – this will prevent seam lines tears.
The button holes will be finished neatly with minimal loose threads – a tight stitch on the button holes will mean that it keeps its shape.
Lastly, ensure the buttons are stitched using a cross stitch rather than hoop. (When you look at the button face on, there will be an X shape with the thread). There should also be a mound of thread on it rather than just 4 or 5 lines.
It’s important to understand all three, and how they impact your choices and decisions in buying workwear for yourself or for your team.
AUSTRALIAN STANDARD AS/NZS 1906.4.2010 (specifies the colours to use to meet the standard for hi-visibility)
This standard explains the use of hi-visibility fabrics and retroreflective materials for daytime use. It specifies the quality of colour levels (known as chromaticity) to which fabrics need to be dyed, in terms of performance and atmospheric pressures, in order to comply with daytime safety standards.
Natural fibre garments (cotton) have a lower chromaticity level due to the nature of the fabric. However, when a polyester garment is deemed a risk to the wearer in certain applications, (eg risk of ignition – electrical, gas, welding), cotton or wool should be worn in its place.
Orange, Red and Yellow (or lime as it is sometimes referred to) are the only three colours that meet this standard for daytime hi-visibility. While we have cotton shirts available in bright pink, bright blue and emerald green, these garments will not meet this standard.
AUSTRALIAN STANDARD AS/NZS 4602.1.2011 (specifies the garment requirements to meet the standard for hi-visibility)
This standard refers to how a garment is made using fabrics compliant to 1906.4 above.
There must be over 0.2m2 of unbroken flouro fabric on both the front and back of a garment in the upper torso (this does not include the sleeves). The flouro must not be broken with non-flouro fabric within the 0.2m2 area on both the front and back from the top of the shoulders to the waist and MUST encircle the body up to that measurement. This means no full side panels up to the armpit level are permitted. This standard also explains the position of the retroreflective tapes on the garment and the width and quantity used. These tapes should not be less than the 0.2m2 measurement required.
You may see suppliers referring to a garment “meeting particular classes”, they are as follows:
Class D = Daytime use
Class N = Nighttime use, using retroreflective material
Class D/N = Day/Night use
For example, if they have listed a yellow polo with no tape, they may say in the description Class D. This means it meets daytime use only.
AUSTRALIAN STANDARD AS 4399:2020 (specifies the garments ability to protect from the ultraviolet radiation)
This standard refers to the capability of a fabric to protect skin against solar ultraviolet radiation (known as the UPF = ultraviolet protection factor). This standard is an additional bonus to the garment rather than an essential requirement for hi-visibility standards but is often specified from specific industry users.
This standard would be particularly important for industries that work outside – for example landscapers, roofers, concreters and the mining sector.
Something worth noting when you are decorating hi visibility clothing is how big the logo or decoration is. If you screen print the back you may be making the garment void of meeting these standards, as it would contravene the standard requiring the fluoro fabric to be unbroken to a certain amount. We are careful to select and offer only compliant products for our customers.
If you would like advice on the branding of your hi-vis workwear, or on selecting the best options for your team, give our team a call on 07 3255 8755 or visit our shop to see just some of the products on offer.
As a business owner you potentially wear many hats, but perhaps Graphic Designer perhaps isn’t one of them. So we’ve put together a quick guide to printing, files and what you need to know to ensure you get quality, consistent branding across all of your printed and designed items.
It’s a possibility that you have had or continue to have different people working on packing, uniforms, social designs, websites and more. You will have your final products and designs shown across different devices, tvs, mobiles, tablets, computers, printing surfaces etc. To maintain consistency for both print and digital colours we use different names to describe the “colour” we are using, depending on the medium it will end up on. There are four main types of colour descriptions we use PMS, CMYK, RGB and Hex.
CMYK and PMS are the two colour types we use for printing and embroidery. PMS (Pantone) is used for offset printing and ideally for stationery, one or two colour jobs and a few other instances.
PMS (or Pantone) are patented, standardised colour inks made by the Pantone company. They have a formula guide of over 1750 colours that are sold to printers either premixed or as a formula that printers mix on premises. Designers and printers use the same colour guides to select and print the PMS colours. So when you work with a designer be sure to find out what colour system they have provided you the information for.
Also used in offset printing as well as digital printing is CMYK. more commonly used for flyers, posters, cards etc. CMYK or four colour process is where the four coloured inks, cyan, magenta, yellow and black are printed as transparent dots that overlap each other to create a wider spectrum of colours. This is different to Pantone being that PMS is one single solid colour. So again be sure to find out from your designer if you have the CMYK colour combination.
The RGB colour term is used for on screen or digital designs for computer screens, phones and TV. RGB is the process by which colors are rendered onscreen by using combinations of red, green and blue. RGB is specifically used for digital applications only, not print. You won’t be able to achieve the same colour in print as you can with RGB as the RGB colours are vibrant because they are illuminated. So if you have digital designs in RGB be sure to talk to your designer about similar colours in CMYK and Pantone for printing purposes.
The Hex colour term is used for websites, designers and developers use HEX colours in web design. Meaning you don’t need to worry about the HEX colours.
SO WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?
We work with our designers to convert colours for example is something is produced onscreen in RGB but we need to know the CMYK or Pantone colour match we can change the profiles over in our software. However, you do need to know some of your branding colour combination codes, for example if you have a red brand that looks like this you would need to know your CMYK or Pantone number:
If you don’t have your brand colours and the type we will always speak with you about how we can help. It is great if you have access to this information from your designer but if not that’s completely fine. As a business owner you have a lot to juggle and we want to make the process of ordering uniforms and promotional products as easy as possible for you.
If you have any questions at all about printing types, colour types or anything in between you can always give us a call on 07 3255 8755 or send us an email to [email protected]
Introducing a new Hi Vis shirt from Ritemate. There is nothing else like this shirt on the market being 100% cotton and 135gsm. It’s so lightweight and designed for breathability that it’s selling fast and there is only a limited first drop so if you want to place an order we encourage you to email through your order ASAP to avoid missing out on certain sizes of Ritemate’s Lightweight Shirt.
RMX New Generation, RMX Flexible Fit Utility Shirt, Two Tone with Perforated Reflective Tape
Size XS – 5XL
Colour – Orange-Navy, Yellow-Navy
Weight – Ultra Light weight – 135gsm
New Generation, Flexible Fit Styling
100% Cotton Ripstop Fabric and Mesh for Comfort and Durable Performance
Triple Vented, Unique Gusseted Air Flow Vents Located at Chest, Shoulders/Back and Underarms.
Air Flow Perforated Reflective Tape
Superior Garment Assembly, Bar-Tacks and Twin Needle Stitching for Extra Strength
UPF50+ Meets AS/NZS 4399:1996
AS/NZS 1906:4:2010 and AS/NZS 4602.1:2011 for High Visibility Day/Night Wear
You can email us to check availability or for any further questions. As during the summer months it can be difficult wearing longs so this Lightweight Shirt is a fantastic alternative offering more comfortability but still meeting the government restrictions on hi vis and long arms.
We sat down and wrote a few things about cotton as a fabric for uniforms. We’re quite often asked what is the best material for polos or what shirts will last the longest or look the smartest. Have a read through of the pros and cons and make up your own mind!
– Cotton is a natural fibre so it’s better for the environment as it’s biodegradable. When you select sustainable cotton you aren’t contributing to the growing problem of microplastic pollution. So in a nut shell it’s better for the environment.
-Cotton is a breathable fabric. The natural fibre lets your skin breathe. It also absorbs moisture to keep your body temperature stable.
-Doesn’t hold body odour and when you wash cotton the material releases odorous substances more easily so no more smelly gym clothes or sweaty work shirts!
-Naturally hypoallergenic cotton is good for sensitive skin because it’s not dipped in chemicals like some polyester materials. Garments that are at least 60% cotton are less likely to be itchy, irritating, stiff or clingy.
-Cotton is a durable fabric but it can lose its colour and shape slightly when washed regularly. The overall life span may not be as long as other fabrics. So if you’re selecting darker colours like black and charcoal the colour may fade quicker.
-Cotton is not the easiest care fabric. If you’re ironing uniforms make sure the iron stays hot because you’ll be using it a lot! Cold wash, line dry and an iron is what is required to keep the fabric going for as long as possible and looking presentable.
So in the end it depends on your personal preference what material you select, cotton has great reasons both pro and con as to why you should/n’t select cotton for uniforms and it’ll come back to what you do while wearing the uniforms and what will work best for you and your needs.
The good news is if you’re ordering over 25 polos we will give you a trial one first to wear for a week to make sure that’s the one! If you want to order a test trial polo, contact us directly.