Air France recently launched a collection drive to gather old ground staff and crew uniforms at Paris-Orly and Paris-Charles de Gaulle airports.
The collected uniforms will then be recycled into car insulation at a specialized recycling plant.
The estimated weight of the clothing collected is close to 30 tons, which would equip 1,350 vehicles with insulation material made from recycled fibers.
This innovative experiment is a first for Air France and may be renewed, depending on the rate of participation. In the long-term, the company aims to expand the operation to the 35,000 employees in uniform.
This new eco-friendly operation began on 21 January and will run until 15 March 2013.