Children at Brabyns have returned to school this month in brand new blazers – made from recycled plastic bottles.
The school is an Eco-School, meaning we are committed to actively addressing environmental issues, from litter and waste recycling to healthy living and biodiversity.
The award-winning Eco-Uniform range by leading school wear manufacturers David Luke uses a unique process which turns plastic bottles into school uniform.
The Brabyns Eco-Blazer will prevent approximately 2,250 bottles going to landfill.
Lee Sanders, Headteacher at Brabyns Preparatory School, said: “We are delighted with the new uniform and excited about the new look this gives to Brabyns. The quality is excellent – you would never guess that the material is made from recycled plastic. The added bonus is that it is more hard wearing and colour-fast than ordinary material, so it also offers added durability and value for money.”
He added: “The school has always tried to promote looking after the environment so being the first school in Marple to have an eco-uniform fits well with our ethos.”
Gavin Rathbone, Manging Director of Romiley-based GR Wear, the school’s uniform suppliers, said: “When approached by the school to update the uniform, we were asked to provide a smart but practical uniform and at a realistic price. The whole uniform looks fantastic and the feedback from Brabyns children and parents has been great so far.”
David Luke’s Managing Director, Kathryn Shuttleworth, said: “We have been manufacturing and distributing uniform supply throughout the UK and beyond for over 35 years. During that time ethical trading and environmental responsibility has always been at the core of what we do so to be working with specialist school outfitter’s such as GR Wear to help Brabyns Preparatory School switch to our Eco-uniform is a privilege.
"To see both local businesses and schools supporting eco-alternative uniform solutions reflects the growing trend for recycled products. It demonstrates how schools, parents and retailers are embracing the reality that school uniform can be manufactured from recycled materials and just how simple it is to make a positive change whilst raising awareness of the importance of embracing eco-issues as part of education.”