In a ground breaking opportunity this summer, Project Plan B recycled 10,000 supermarket uniforms that would have been destroyed. Working with Dimensions the UK’s leading suppliers of bespoke corporate clothing, they collected over two tonnes of end of life uniforms and recycled these back to rPET, the building blocks of recycled polyester yarns.

Project Plan B took this uniform that had not been designed to be recycled, removing non-recyclable trims and conducted a commercial scale trial to test the kind of interventions required on the different garments, the time taken, and quality of rPET that could be produced from the resulting feedstock.

The trial highlighted the importance of very simple designed to be recycled principles being applied at the design stage, to save time, money and increase quality of recycled material at the end of life. It also highlighted the importance of traceability within the design chain.

Most importantly we have removed 10,000 garments from landfill or incineration. The nearly 2 tonnes of rPET we produced from these garments will be made into Repreve yarn and then back into new garments. This is the largest scale rPET mechanical recycling of workwear that has happened in the UK and proves the circularity possible with our process.