easyJet’s new Pilot and Cabin crew uniform, which is produced from 100% recycled plastic bottles has won the ‘Sustainability Award’ at the 2021 Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide Awards.
The award, which recognises innovative individuals and organisations breaking boundaries for sustainability in the professional clothing industry, was accepted alongside partners Tailored Image, a Northern Ireland based professional clothing specialist which manufacture the innovative uniforms. The new fabric, adapted to the airline’s current style, is created using high-tech 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 innovative 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”.