Matthew Benjamin

CEO & Founder, Kapes

Matthew Benjamin is the Founder and CEO of Kapes. Kapes was launched in September 2020 to become the most sustainable school uniforms company in the world. They are more than (just) a school uniform company and their goal is to connect children to the things they wear, the places they are made, the people who make them, and the impacts on society and the planet, so that they grow up to build a sustainable future.



Leaders in Education Conference

14 November 2021 | 15:50 - 16:10 | English | School Uniforms: Late to the climate party

How school uniforms can help to fight the climate crisis.

The fashion industry accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions, yet despite being made of synthetic fibres, conventional cotton, and being destined for landfill, up until now school uniforms have been overlooked. Find out more about how school uniforms can play a crucial role in your school’s strategy to fight against the climate crisis by reducing the environmental impact, offsetting what remains, and also having a positive social impact.

GESS Talks Arena

16 November 2021 | 11:30 - 11:50 | English | Going Carbon Neutral 101

With COP 26 currently taking place, the spotlight is on what businesses including schools can do to help to fight the climate crisis. One way of doing this is to become carbon neutral. In this workshop, Matthew Benjamin from Kapes will help you to navigate what carbon neutrality really means, why it isn’t the magic bullet, and how can your school can make steps towards being carbon neutral or better yet carbon negativity, without falling into the greenwashing trap.