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Tuffnells' drivers and depot workers are sporting a new "green" uniform made from waste plastic and second hand clothing.

The sustainable uniform has been developed by Tuffnells in partnership with workwear specialist HeathBrook, as part of the company's five-year sustainability plan.

Tuffnells said it has worked closely with HeathBrook to develop a branded clothing range that provides the right fit for the business and for each role, ensuring that the garments are not only sustainable but also safe and comfortable for both drivers and depot workers.

The workwear, from the EarthPro Recycled Collection by ØRN Workwear, is made from recycled polyester from second hand clothes and waste plastic rescued from rivers and oceans across the planet and has been developed to meet the Global Recycled Standard (GRS).

The process involves waste plastic being crushed into fine flakes, purified, re-polymerised, spun into fibres and then woven or knitted into the fabrics that make up the garments, which are tested thoroughly for harmful substances.

The EarthPro range is packaged using recycled card wrap and tags and once the workwear is worn out it can be returned for further recycling.

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Tuffnells’ risk and governance director, Chris Mansley, said: “HeathBrook has been our workwear supplier for a number of years. We share the same green goals, so we couldn’t have chosen a better partner to help us deliver the sustainable solution we were looking for.

"This is just one of a number of measures we have been putting in place, and demonstrates our long term commitment to environmental sustainability.”

Andrew Greenfield, managing director at HeathBrook, added: “We feel privileged to be part of the growing efforts of our suppliers and our customers to put sustainability high on the agenda.

"Along with its recycled content initiatives, HeathBrook and Tuffnells recognise that for workwear to be sustainable, it is essential to ensure comfort and longevity of garments. We are excited about all the new initiatives planned with Tuffnells, as we embark further on theirs and our own sustainable journey.”