DHL Express has announced that it is turning environmentally damaging waste into sustainable polyester yarn to be used as staff ecouniforms, as part of its ‘Go Green’ drive to reduce its logistics-related emissions in the region. The company said it is working with Nouveau to create high quality uniforms from plastic bottles that are identical to the current uniforms. The Waste2Weave process is to turn bottles into ready to wear clothing, for example, a pair of DHL trousers can be crafted from 23 plastic bottles, 19 bottles to make a shirt, and 9 bottles to make a DHL courier cap.
The initiative will start in the UAE and then will be rolled out across the region. More than 2500 couriers across the region will be wearing these uniforms and this step towards sustainability will recycle around 510,000 water bottles per year, said the company. “We believe that a small change in DHL’s corporate work wear can have a big impact on the environment and set a good example for employees worldwide,” said Geoff Walsh, General Manager, DHL Express UAE. “This is a meaningful initiative for us as we are doing our part to recycle plastic waste and are contributing to reducing environmental pollution in the UAE and around the world,” Vice President Operations of DHL Express in UAE, Mike Barrett added.