Kimberly-Clark Professional has launched an initiative across EMEA that enables cleanroom and laboratory operators to recycle a wide range of used protective garments. This follows a successful launch in the United States earlier this year.
The programme, called RightCycle, makes it easy to dispose of previously hard-to-recycle garments such as coveralls, gloves, hoods, boot covers and hairnets in a sustainable manner. The used items are placed in a RightCycle collection box or the operator's own box. Full boxes are assembled onto pallets and collected by Kimberly-Clark Professional programme partner, TerraCycle.
Launched initially in the UK and Germany as a one-year pilot scheme, RightCycle is the first large-scale recycling solution for this kind of waste, offering companies an opportunity to reduce landfill waste streams and enhance their sustainability efforts. After the used garments are collected, they are turned into raw materials to create eco-friendly consumer products such as plastic chairs.
Ruud Sleumer, customer marketing manager at Kimberly-Clark Professional, said: “Our cleanroom and laboratory customers have ambitious sustainability goals, yet often struggle with where and how to get started. Our innovative RightCycle programme offers a powerful and easy way for them to exceed their solid waste reduction goals, while helping to make their workplaces healthier, safer and more productive.”