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Engie Cofely creates uniforms from recycled PET, bans single-use plastic

Facilities management company launches multiple sustainability initiatives to contribute to help cut pollution in the UAE

Engie Cofely is banning single-use plastic.
Engie Cofely
Engie Cofely is banning single-use plastic.

Facilities management (FM) company Engie Cofely has rolled out several initiatives, such as introducing recycled staff uniforms and business cards, and electric or low-carbon emission vehicles, and banning single-use plastic from its offices, to reduce pollution and improve air quality across the UAE.

The company has introduced a new range of uniforms made entirely from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and created business cards made from recycled paper.

Engie Cofely said it was also reviewing the process of transitioning its fleet to electric or low-carbon emission vehicles, and had pledged to reduce single-use plastic packaging, as well as encourage recycling amongst its suppliers.

Commenting on the drive, general manager of Engie Cofely in the UAE, Bart Holsters, said: “A total of 42 plastic PET bottles are used to make one uniform, and to date we have produced 4,200 recycled uniforms for our staff.

“We have already adopted a ‘no single-use plastic water bottles or cutlery/cups’ philosophy, and we also recently partnered with Liquid of Life to install water filters in the pantry to avoid using plastic water dispensers.

"We calculated that we will divert approximately 6,000kg of plastic from landfills over 10 years,” Holsters added.

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