One of the largest, single company textile diversion programs in US history to date, thanks to this program 350,000 lbs. of retired textiles have been diverted from landfills (where they would decompose and release harmful methane gas into the atmosphere). Scroll down to learn how the Delta Upcycle Project came to be.
Earlier this year, Delta undertook a company-wide uniform refresh, a decision that came with a dilemma. What do you do with the retired uniforms? In fact, what do you do with thousands of pounds of them?
View this video and infographic to learn more about the partnerships required to make this journey.
The Delta Upcycle Project has focused on diverting these materials into one of three streams:
Working with our partners Relay Resources (Portland, OR) and Bobby Dodd (Atlanta, GA), the uniforms are sorted, cleaned and processed. Non-branded apparel pieces were donated, with the remainder deconstructed. Viable materials are transformed into new products by Looptworks to live a second life, with the left-overs downcycled into materials utilized in insulation and pet bed stuffing.
The new collection of Delta upcycled products is now available for purchase.
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