THE schools chain behind a North Yorkshire secondary school say their uniform has saved more than a million plastic bottles from going to landfill.

Outwood Grange Academies Trust, which runs Easingwold Outwood, says it's all down to their uniform being made from recycled bottles by supplier, Trutex.

The blazers and trousers are manufactured by Trutex, made using fabric that has been manufactured from recycled drinks bottles.

Katy Bradford, Chief Operating Officer at the Outwood Family, said: “This is an incredible achievement and one we are very proud to have accomplished.

"We are passionate about the issue of sustainability and we work hard across the Outwood Family to spread awareness of it.

“We are delighted that our relationship with Trutex continues to help us promote sustainability and managing to save over one million plastic bottles from ending up in landfill having managed to save over 600,000 previous academic year is something we take great pride in.”

Each Trutex blazer saves around 36 plastic bottles from ending up in a landfill site while a pair of boys trousers saves 19 bottles.

The numbers for Outwood have been calculated from the Outwood blazers and boy’s trousers ordered from Trutex.

The trust provides every child who joins the school with a free set of uniform, including their blazer.

To make a yarn suitable for use in high quality Trutex blazers and boy’s trousers, the plastic bottles are put together in a bale which is then broken down into flake.

The flake then goes through a de-polymerisation and re-polymerisation process to make recycled chips which are melted and extruded to make yarn.

The yarn is then woven into the high quality fabric that is used to make the Outwood Family blazer.

Matthew Easter, CEO at Trutex, said: “We are proud to supply Outwood Grange Academies and were delighted to reach the significant milestone of saving over 1 million plastic bottles from landfill. Our own commitment in sustainability is aligned with the Trust having had carbon neutral status since 2012 and also launching our own uniform recycling project. We look forward to saving even more bottles next year and help provide parents with a Pre-loved uniform option.”