Old Eurostar uniforms & seat covers upcycled

7 Jun 2011

Eurostar, the high-speed passenger service linking London, Paris and Brussels is issuing its train managers with a world's first - bags created entirely from recycled Eurostar staff uniforms and antimacassars.

Working with Upcycling company, Worn Again, which specialises in creating new products from disused materials, the bags were created using old Eurostar raincoats, lining material from old suit jackets and antimacassars (headrest covers).

Created by award-winning designer, Benjamin Shine, a prototype of the bag was displayed last year in the 'Sustainable Futures' exhibition at the British Design Museum in London. From July, passengers will be able to spot the bags when they travel on Eurostar as they are distributed to over 250 train managers in the UK, France and Belgium.

Peter Bragg, Head of Environment and Energy for Eurostar said:
"Our work with Worn Again is part of our commitment to reduce our impact on the environment. We don't just talk about policies and practices we do everything we can to bring them to life."

"Eurostar train managers were involved in every stage of the design process and their contribution has helped us create a completely recycled product, that not only meets their needs but is worthy of appearing at the British Design Museum."

Cyndi Rhoades, CEO of Worn Again said:
"Eurostar is a forward thinking company which delivers on its sustainable objectives. The bags have been a big project and it's exciting that from next month, Eurostar train managers will be literally wearing the brands commitment to sustainability."

The bags were made in the UK by Barrow and Gale, a traditional bags manufacturer in Woolwich. The company was established in 1750 and holds the royal warrant to manufacture Royal Maundy purses for HM The Queen.

Recycling and upcycling uniforms and train parts are key elements of Eurostar's Tread Lightly programme and the commitment across the business to reduce its overall impact on the environment. This includes reducing usage wherever possible, sourcing supplies responsibly and recycling what is used or produced. Recycling uniforms has helped contribute towards Eurostar reaching its target of zero waste being disposed to landfill and 80% of all waste being recycled.

For more information about Eurostar's Tread Lightly programme or to book Eurostar tickets or purchase Eurostar gift vouchers visit www.eurostar.com or call 03448 224 777.

About Eurostar
1. Eurostar is the high-speed train service linking St Pancras International, Ebbsfleet International, Ashford International, Paris, Brussels, Lille, Calais, Disneyland Resort Paris, Avignon and the French Alps.

2. Eurostar was established in 1994 as a partnership between three railway companies: SNCF, SNCB and LCR (London and Continental Railways). On 1 September 2010, Eurostar became a single, unified corporate entity owned by three shareholders: SNCF, SNCB and LCR.

3. The current Eurostar train was first introduced into service in 1994 carrying 750 passengers and operating at speeds of up to 300kph. Since then, the fleet of 28 trains has carried more than 115 million passengers between London and the Continent. Following their refurbishment these trains will continue to form a core part of the Eurostar fleet.

4. Eurostar is a founder member of Railteam, a partnership between Europe's leading high-speed train operators that is developing simpler ways to book and travel on the fast-expanding, European high-speed rail network.

5. Eurostar and Eurotunnel are entirely separate companies. Eurostar operates high-speed passenger trains, while Eurotunnel operates vehicle shuttle services and the Channel Tunnel itself. Eurostar is Eurotunnel's biggest customer.

For more information:

Eurostar Press Office
020 7843 5500