Published on : Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Air France is organizing a collection of old ground staff and crew uniforms at Paris-Orly and Paris-Charles de Gaulle airports. This new eco-friendly operation began on 21 January and runs until 15 March 2013. The uniforms collected from most of these staff concerned will then be recycled into car insulation at a specialized recycling plant.
This innovative experiment is a first for Air France and may be renewed, depending on the rate of participation.
In the long-term, the company aims to expand the operation to the 35,000 employees in uniform. The estimated weight of the clothing collected is close to 30 tons, which would equip 1,350 vehicles with insulation material made from recycled fibers.
This operation is being led by the Air France Purchasing division, in partnership with the CEPOVETT group (supplier of men’s uniforms) and SITA France, a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, which is providing the operational management (collection, logistics, sorting and transport to the recycling plant ). Employees who wish can also give their own personal clothing.
«With this new operation, Air France is once again demonstrating its commitment to sustainable development. The Company is contributing to the preservation of natural resources to make new products from recycled materials», said Sophie Virapin, VP for Environment and Sustainable Development at Air France.
France and sustainable development
For many years, Air France has been a pioneer in sustainable development. The Company contributes to the economic and social development of the regions where it is present.
It is also committed to reducing its environmental impact, including the reduction of CO2 emissions.
Air France is fully committed to this issue with, among others, its research into sustainable
For the eighth consecutive year in 2012, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), the main international index evaluating companies on their performance in terms of sustainable development, once again ranked Air France-KLM leader in the air transport sector.
The Group is committed to reducing its environmental impact, to developing a responsible social policy and
contributing to the development of territories where its aircraft take off and land.
CEPOVETT, a leader on the professional clothing market in Europe, is an integrated industrial company active in all areas of business: fashion design, eco-design, manufacturing, logistics, outsourcing management and the sale of textiles. The leading professional clothing producer in France, the Group has a multi-site organization and produces clothing which is 100% ecosocially responsible. In France its brands, Aimee Julien, Le Cèdre, Marsh, Fontanex, Oxbridge and Tecpack market a comprehensive range of clothing: work, techniques, image and corporate uniforms. The CEPOVETT Group provides clothes for nearly 1 million employees in the workplace every year and has a consolidated turnover of approximately 100 million euros.
SITA France, a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONMENT, is the French leader in the supply of solution management and waste recovery, an expert in waste recycling. With 21,600 employees, SITA France realized a turnover of 3.65 billion euros in 2011, serving 3,100 communities and 51,000 industrial and commercial customers.