Bangkok Airways Gives New Life to Used Uniforms Using Upcycling Techniques

Boutique Asian airline Bangkok Airways has strengthened its sustainability commitment by promoting the “Fly Net Zero 2050” campaign through various projects including the creative upcycling of products made from used staff uniforms.

The upcycled products include aprons for airport lounge staff, cloth bags, and water cup bags. The project is estimated to help reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) by around 307.44 kilograms and is in support of the world’s leading airlines’ commitment to achieving 2050 Fly Net Zero Carbon Emissions.

In addition to the new collection of “boutique-design products” the airline also implements a “Drop Box” project to encourage passengers to participate and be part of Bangkok Airway’s sustainability journey.

Drop Box is a station where passengers can drop used bottles or recyclable materials which the airline will further manage according to their waste management procedures. Currently, the Drop Box stations are located in Bangkok Airways’ Boutique Lounges (Domestic and International) at Suvarnabhumi Airport. 

Ariya Prasarttong-Osoth, Executive Committee member and Chairperson of Corporate Social Responsibility, Bangkok Airways commented: “We initiated a used uniforms upcycling project, where we invited our staff to donate their used uniforms so that we can have those old uniforms transformed into new products through upcycling processes.”

“This project not only promotes the idea of circular economy as we take something already made and then turn it into a new item to use in our business, which is a limited edition apron for our airport lounge agents but also emphasises our “Love Earth – Save Earth” campaign where we focus on climate change management and waste management.”

The used uniforms upcycling project is a collaboration between Bangkok Airways and Circular Industry Company Limited, where 150 kilograms of used uniforms were color-sorted and underwent the process of producing new fabrics without bleaching to avoid making a negative impact on the environment, including PM2.5 particles that might occur during a process of dissolving used uniforms.

Bangkok Airways said the initiative helps build awareness amongst passengers to see the importance of waste separation through the demonstration of the “Drop Box.”  All plastic bottles collected in the drop box stations will be handed over to the Circular Industry Company for their plastic fibers conversion process.