Eco-uniform made from plastic bottles rolled out at Daventry school

Pupils at Falconer's Hill Infant School in the new uniforms with Kathryn Shuttleworth from David Luke
Pupils at Falconer's Hill Infant School in the new uniforms with Kathryn Shuttleworth from David Luke
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Children at Falconer’s Hill Infants will be wearing plastic bottles to school in future.

On Tuesday the school unveiled its new uniform – made from a fabric that uses recycled plastic bottles.

The school, off Ashby Road, is an Ambassador Eco School, meaning it is always looking for new ways to help the environment.

Headteacher Coleen Wilkins said: “We are delighted with this new eco-initiative.

“The quality of the uniform is excellent – you would never guess the material is made from recycled plastic and the added bonus is that it’s more hard wearing and colourfast than ordinary material.”

Kathryn Shuttleworth is managing director of David Luke, the company which makes the uniforms. She visited the school on Tuesday for the launch.

She said: “The polyester fibres used in the uniforms comes from post-consumer waste, that is recycled plastic bottles.

“A blazer uses about 16 individual drink sized bottles; a sweater is a blend with 44 per cent polyester so each one uses about four bottles.

“It’s all about reusing the plastic so it doesn’t have to go into landfill.”