Delta upcycling 350k pounds of ‘retired uniforms’ into travel bags, passport covers

Read the full story in the Atlanta Business Chronicle.

Delta’s massive uniform overhaul isn’t quite done yet, as the Atlanta-based airline is partnering on what it calls the “largest single company textile diversion programs in U.S. history.”

As part of a multi-billion dollar companywide makeover, Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) outfitted its 64,000 employees in new uniforms on May 29. That meant “retirement” of more than one million pieces from old uniforms, which typically would be sent to landfills. Instead, Delta said it partnered with Portland-based manufacturer Looptworks to “upcycle” and repurpose more than 350,000 pounds of clothing, which is being used to create items such as backpacks, passport covers and accessories.

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