At Grahame Gardner we are passionate about providing quality workwear that lasts, and we know that by looking after a uniform properly, you can easily extend its lifespan with the right care. (More on tips for that here!)

We like to lead by example when it comes to being environmentally conscious - as we also know that unfortunately nothing lasts forever - which is why we are incredibly pleased to announce an innovative new service to reduce the amount of old uniforms being sent to landfill.


We are now offering our customers, the opportunity to return their uniforms so it can be disposed of securely and in the most environmentally way.

Here’s a fact that will astonish you. According to the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) £140 million worth, approximately 350,000 tonnes, of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year. Many uniforms are made of plastic based textiles such as polyester which are damaging to the environment as the fibres do not disintegrate. That’s what makes initiatives like ours so vital at this time.


How does it work? Depending on the volume and frequency you wish to recycle, we offer various solutions to suit your requirements. These include direct return to our warehouse, ad hoc collections and regular monthly collections for trade account customers.

From there, all materials will then be collected to be shredded and, instead of going to landfill, are recycled to create Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) for industrial businesses. Your old uniforms will now be put to good use as mattress fillings, car roof insulation and panel linings.

Sarah Lowe, group operations director of Grahame Gardner Ltd, said: “Here at Grahame Gardner we are always looking at innovative approaches to recycling and what we can do as a company to reduce our carbon footprint and be as environmentally friendly as possible. Introducing this new service means we can offer our valued customers a full circle service from purchase right to when their uniforms reach end of life.


“It’s a great approach to tackling this issue and one we have worked incredibly hard on and hope to be able to expand in the future. We all need to do our bit for the environment, particularly those in the clothing industry, to reduce the amount of landfill waste so it’s a really positive step and one we are taking very seriously.”


In addition, shredding uniforms can also help with potential security risks as work uniforms often display sensitive company information such as employee name, company logo or contact details. An old uniform could be used to illegally impersonate a professional such as security officers, police officers or NHS staff and if in the wrong hands could result in a serious security breach for an organisation or business.


Added Sarah: “By eliminating any potential security risks whilst also positively impacting on the environment, this new initiative is something we want to actively encourage our customers to take part in moving forward.”


For organisations that have old uniforms purchased from Grahame Gardner who would like to make use of the recycling service, please contact [email protected] or call 0116 255 6326.