easyJet set to launch sustainable uniform

Published on : Wednesday, August 11, 2021

easyJet has decided to launch a new uniform for cabin crew and pilots. Each uniform will be made from around 45 recycled plastic bottles as part of its commitment to mitigate waste and search for innovative change beyond carbon reduction. The new uniform is expected to be introduced into cabin crew circulation this month.

The uniform has been manufactured by Northern-Ireland based Tailored Image and created with unique high-tech material. The roll-out across the airline is estimated to prevent around half a million plastic bottles from ending up as plastic waste each year.

Not only will the fabric reduce plastic waste, but the high-tech material is made using renewable energy sources and has a 75 per cent lower carbon footprint than traditional polyester. The new fabric, adapted to the current style of the carrier, was first trialled last year for suitability in the cabin and flight deck environments.

Compared to the non-recycled alternative, it is more abrasion-resistant. It also provides even more elasticity, a four-way stretch, improving fit and freedom of movement for enhanced comfort and durability. The development can lead to it being long-lasting for the wearer, reducing the need for more uniform items to be produced in the long term.

Tina Milton, Director of Cabin Services, easyJet said in a statement that climate change is an issue for everyone and hence easyJet is looking at all parts of operation to see where it can reduce carbon emissions and reduce waste. She said that the carrier is excited to be debuting the new pilot and cabin crew uniform made from recycled plastic bottles and to introduce it for pilots and cabin crew colleagues. She said that the company is aware that sustainability is an important issue for them and also for customers.

She further added that it is a priority for everyone to continue working on reducing 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. She said the easyJet will continue to work with innovative technology partners Wright Electric and Airbus as each has set out its ambitious timetables for bringing zero-emission aircraft into commercial service to become a reality.

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