Airline’s new cabin crew uniform made from recycled plastic bottles
European budget airline easyjet’s new cabin crew uniforms have been unveiled, and it has gone down a very “green” route with the fabric.
Each uniform has been created from about 45 recycled plastic bottles.
Linking up with Northern Irish manufacturer Tailored Image, it is estimated the new uniforms will prevent up to half a million plastic bottles from ending up as plastic waste each year.
The new threads have already been trialled, so presumably have passed the comfort test as well.
Director of Cabin Services, Tina Milton, said the airline is looking at ways to be more sustainable.
“It is a priority for us to continue work on reducing our carbon footprint in the short term, coupled with long-term work to support the development of new technology, including zero-emission planes which aspire to reduce the carbon footprint of aviation radically,” said Milton.
“We continue to work with innovative technology partners Wright Electric and Airbus. Each of them has set out its ambitious timetables for bringing zero-emission aircraft into commercial service to become a reality.”
Certainly, easyjet will be hoping the uniforms will not cause their crew discomfort or illness.
AirAsia’s uniforms made the news for a completely different reason when a Kiwi doctor claimed the outfits were too sexy and were ruining Malaysia’s reputation as a “respectful” country. Some local politicians agreed.
Textiles have a large global environmental footprint second only to the extractive oil and gas industries, and businesses and manufacturers have been trying various ways to make clothing more sustainable.
In 2020, fashion retailer Glassons launched a range of clothes made from recycled plastic. The knitwear was made from clear plastic bottles that were processed to form strings of yarn.
In 2019, Polo Ralph Lauren launched a version of its iconic polo shirt made entirely of recycled plastic bottles and dyed through a process that used zero water.
Source StuffAugust 25, 2021