Delta Air Lines is sending more than 158 tonnes of its old, retired uniforms to upcycling firm Looptworks to be repurposed for future use.
Looptworks will then either upcycle the remaining textiles into new accessories, such as laptop bags, travel kits and passport covers, or downcycle them for use in home insulation products, punching bag contents or pet bed stuffing.
As well as old uniforms, the upcycled products, which are due to go on sale this fall, will incorporate leather from disused airplane seats.
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Delta Air Lines has announced that it will send more than 158 tonnes of its old uniforms to be upcycled or recycled in what it claims will be one of the largest textile diversion schemes by a single US-based corporation.
The programme will see more than one million pieces of Delta’s old uniforms, which were taken out of service earlier this year due to a re-design, sent to upcycling firm Looptworks.
The donations will be sorted by the 900 refugees, disabled workers and military veterans employed by non-profits Relay Resources and the Bobby Dodd Institute -both firms are partnering with Looptworks - to determine which pieces can be donated.