United Airlines delivered 7,500 face coverings
over the past week to front line employees at San Francisco
International Airport and the airline's San Francisco Maintenance
Base that were made from 12,284 pounds of upcycled uniforms.
The airline recently
rolled out new Carhartt Company Gear for its 28,000 Technical
Operations, Ramp Service and Catering Operations employees and
had originally planned to turn the surplus of older garments into
carpet padding and insulation fiber.
The company changed course
last month to align with the latest guidance from the Center for
Disease Control's (CDC) to wear face masks in public when social
distancing is not possible.
"This was an opportunity to do
something extra for our employees to keep them safe while also
staying true to our commitment to be one of the most sustainable
airlines in the world," said Janet Lamkin, United Airlines SVP and
President, California. "Recycling these unused uniforms into masks
is a natural extension of our broader effort to overhaul our
cleaning, social distancing and mitigation measures to ensure
we're doing everything possible to keep our employees and our