easyJet uniform made from recycled plastic bottles scoops major award

EASYJET’S new pilot and cabin crew uniform, which is produced from 100% recycled plastic bottles, has won a major award.

It scooped the sustainability award at the 2021 Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide Awards.

The award, which recognises individuals and organisations breaking boundaries for sustainability in the professional clothing industry, was accepted alongside Northern Irish clothing specialist, Tailored Image.

The new fabric, adapted to the airline’s current style, is created using material made from around 45 recycled plastic bottles per uniform. The introduction of the new crew uniform is part of easyJet’s commitment to mitigate waste, increase re-use of materials and search for change beyond carbon reduction initiatives.

Cabin crew and pilots were issued with their new uniforms earlier this year, following months of research and development. Beyond the new fabric, plastic has also been replaced in all clothing-related packaging in favour of recyclable and biodegradable materials: for example, replacing plastic collar strays with recyclable cardboard ones, plastic shirt clips with metal shirt clips, non-recyclable white coated card with recyclable cardboard card and polypropylene outer shirt covers with biodegradable shirt covers.

Tina Milton, director of cabin services at easyJet, said, “It is fantastic to see our new sustainable uniforms being celebrated. Sustainability is extremely important to us at easyJet and we continue to work every day to identify and implement ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint across all areas of the business.”

Tailored Image’s MD, Bernard Birt, added, “Our success at this awards ceremony is an achievement we are very proud of. Sustainability matters to us, it matters to our customers and together we are making a difference to our environment in a way that does not compromise either the aesthetics of our uniforms or the streamlined processes via which they are ordered and delivered. The recent easyJet contract is a testament to this and is indicative of our capabilities to manage even the most high-profile contracts.

“We’re delighted to have been recognised by our industry in such a positive way, and I must pay tribute to our fantastic team across even a single department in this business who go above and beyond every day to make success our reality.”