A cleaning firm is saving 7,000 plastic bottles a year from landfill by kitting out staff in uniforms made from recycled plastic.

Cleanology, a commercial cleaning service based off Clapham Hill, is providing uniforms manufactured from a blend of plastic bottles and organic cotton, branded as ‘fair wear’ garments.

In the next year, the company will supply operatives with 2,000 branded polo shirts and 1,000 branded sweatshirts.

Each shirt is made from around two bottles, while the sweatshirts use around three bottles. This will save 7,000 bottles from landfill and reduce the need for energy and resources to manufacture new clothing.

CEO Dominic Ponniah said:

“We are extremely proud to be the first to introduce recycled uniforms within our industry. This is just the latest drive to make Cleanology a truly sustainable business. We already operate an electric fleet, and tackle portion control with our chemical-free sachets. Buying recycled, in the form of recycled uniforms, helps to close the loop even further.”

Cleanology has been recognised internationally for its sustainable outlook, winning the Golden Service Award for sustainability twice in a row and been shortlisted for the European Cleaning and Hygiene Awards.

Cleanology was the first in Europe to introduce portion-controlled biological cleaning sachets – saving 16,092 litres of water every year.

It has cut plastic bottle use from 21,600 to 600 every year, which combined with the introduction of recycled uniforms, will save 28,000 bottles from landfill.

They provide commercial cleaning services, property maintenance and support services across London and Manchester. Clients include the royal palaces and brands such as Innocent, Hermes and Skyscanner.