Delta said it is an effort to “combat the 15 million tons of textile waste” generated annually in the United States.
Employees had until Wednesday to recycle their old uniforms for this purpose.
At Delta’s home base and largest hub, Atlanta, the company collected more than 115 pallet-sized boxes of garments with donation boxes in employee airport parking, at its cargo facility, Technical Operations center and in crew lounges, Dimbiloglu said.
A backpack made from a recycled Delta uniform. (Photo courtesy Looptworks)
Because of Delta logos on the uniforms, the clothing can't be donated or reused.
“There is still a security risk,” and some Delta Connection carrier employees wear uniforms similar to Delta’s old uniforms, Dimbiloglu said. He said the products made with the material will be unique -- and non-uniform, so to speak. “You may get a Delta logo on the front of it, you may get a Delta logo on the back. You may not get a Delta logo on it.”
Material without logos will be recycled into home insulation, punching-bag filling and stuffing for stuffed animals, donated to charity or used for other purposes.