Worksop school uniforms are helping save the planet

An academies trust that includes two schools in Worksop has saved over half a million plastic bottles from landfill thanks to its uniform being made from recycled bottles.

Thursday, 13th February 2020, 11:10 am
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 6:01 pm
Outwood Academy Trust blazers are made from recycled plastic bottles. Photo: Paul Empson

Outwood Grange Academies Trust, one of the leading family of schools in the north of England, consists of more 30 academies including, Outwood Academy Portland and Outwood Academy Valley in Worksop.

At each of these academies within the trust, students wear blazers which are provided by Trutex, made using fabric that has been manufactured from recycled drinks bottles.

Katy Bradford, chief operating officer at the trust, said: “At Outwood we are passionate about doing our bit for the environment and sustainability.

“Our vision is students first, and this goes beyond the classroom for us.

“Our students of today are the adults of tomorrow and it’s our duty to ensure we do all we can to make sure the world they inherit is a healthy one.”

Each Trutex blazer saves around 36 plastic bottles from ending up in a landfill site

The trust provides every child who joins the school with a free set uniform, including their blazer.

Matthew Easter, chief executive at Trutex, added: “Outwood is a long-term and highly valued partner of our business and has contributed a huge amount towards the nine million bottles Trutex save every year from landfill.”

For the current academic year, it is anticipated that Trutex and the trustwill save even more plastic bottles from landfill as boys’ trousers will now be using 100% recycled Trutex fabric as well.