Marks & Spencer (M&S) has developed school clothes made from recycled plastic bottles.
The used plastic is turned into polyester yarn which is woven into fabric.
Fleeces, skirts and trousers for the new M&S school uniform range are made from the recycled material.
The process of turning plastic bottles into 100 per cent recycled polyester was carried out in Taiwan.
This is the only place which currently has the technology to do so, M&S said.
Used bottles are chopped up into flakes, which are melted and squeezed through tiny holes to turn them into thread.
The M&S school uniform range also includes a polo shirt made from a mix of recycled polyester and cotton.
Julian Kilmartin, director of boys’ wear at the chain, said M&S wanted to create innovative, high quality school uniforms.
‘Using recycled polyester is another way that we’re doing this and what’s great about this range is you’re getting the same M&S quality that you’d find on all our schoolwear but you’re also doing your bit for the environment,’ he said.
The recycled polyester schoolwear will launch at 20 M&S stores and on the chain’s website during the peak back-to-school period in mid-August.
A collection of 100 per cent Fairtrade cotton shirts and polo shirts for boys and girls is included in the school clothing range.
Prices for the new 100 per cent recycled polyester schoolwear start at £7 per item for the smallest sizes.
M&S has pledged to donate 5 per cent of the sales price of its back-to-school range sold during August to a Save the Children campaign.
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