Virgin Trains launches uniform recycling scheme with HMP Northumberland

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Prisoners will transform the old uniforms into warm new items

Virgin Trains has launched a zero waste landfill initiative with HMP Northumberland for its old uniforms.

Uniforms will be transported to HMP Northumberland where prisoners will transform the old uniforms into warm new items such as blankets, bags and coats to help those living on the streets.

This follows the launch of a new body-neutral uniform range for East and West Coast services designed by sustainable fashion designers Gerardine and Wayne Hemingway in 2017.

Prisoners will participate as part of a rehabilitation scheme which helps to prepare them for outside life in a bid to reduce reoffending rates.

Upcycled garments will be donated to homeless charity The Albert Kennedy Trust which supports young LGBT homeless people, HMP Askham Grange and mental health charity Rethink Mental Illness.

Zinzi Dzuda, responsible business manager at Virgin Trains said: “This environmental collaboration with HMP Northumberland gives our old uniforms a new lease of life and is a creative solution to achieving zero waste to landfill, whilst also supporting vulnerable people across our patch.”

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