Air France uses its uniforms for making cement
As part of commitment to sustainable development, Air France has set up an innovative and original uniform recycling operation making them raw materials for cement.
A company-wide collection of used work clothes and uniforms was set up with Air France ground staff and crew members at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly between January and March 2016. Once collected, the clothes were taken to a recycling plant to be processed and used as raw materials to become cement granules.
Recycling uniforms and work clothes in figures
- 17,650 cabin crew and 8,500 ground staff wear Air France uniform. 8,600 staff wear work clothes.
- 8.56 tons of clothing were collected, recycled and transformed.
- 48,509 kWh were generated, the equivalent of a year of heating for three homes of three people: part of the clothing collected was converted into pellets, solid granules with a high calorific value. These pellets, heated to 1,400-2,000°C, are transformed into ash and calorific energy to power the cement plant.
- 1.28 tons of cement was made from the ash resulting from the combustion of pellets.
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