In 2007, following a project undertaken for Defra on recycling of low-grade clothing waste , consultants at Oakdene Hollins Ltd started to look into the possibility of increasing the reuse and recycling of corporatewear.
Recovery of corporatewear in the UK is currently operating on a relatively small scale, at less than 5%. The main barriers to reuse and recycling include heterogeneous fibre composition, construction and garment designs which inhibit disassembly, and the strong individual identity of corporate uniforms - which can often pose a security issue if they are not removed. As such, corporatewear from high level security sectors (such as transport and public services) is often security-shredded and disposed of to landfill.
Oakdene Hollins runs the Centre for Remanufacturing and Reuse (CRR), who determined that the most effective way to influence change would be to involve members from across the industry in a collaborative project.
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