Angela visits Braiform, the world’s largest re-user and recycler of garment hangers,
Angela recently visited Braiform, the world’s largest re-user and recycler of garment hangers, at their Reuse facility in Provincial Park, Ecclesfield.
The Sheffield business processes more than 150,000,000 hangers each year at its Sheffield base, saving 6,500 metric tonnes of plastic materials going to waste and entering landfill, as well as reducing carbon emissions by up to 80%.
As the war on single use plastics intensifies, Braiform’s hangers are being re-used at least 10 times across the world and the business is partnered with prominent high street fashion retailers including H&M, M&S, Peacocks and Mothercare in the UK.
Braiform moved into the Re-use Centre in Ecclesfield in 2010 and has created over 250 jobs in the region. The Company has invested £3 million in their state of the art of facility and plans to continue to invest as the move to closed loop reuse becomes the only sustainable solution for garment hanger supply.
Commenting on the visit, Angela Smith MP said:
“Braiform is a great success story for Sheffield. I was really impressed by the scale and sophistication of their operations at the Reuse Centre here. The business is a leading example of how the circular economy can help to create value, income and jobs, while still supporting the environment. I enjoyed talking with employees and will be highlighting the important contribution that the business makes to the UK’s green economy with my colleagues in Westminster.”
Graeme Rutherford, Co-CEO, added:
“We were delighted to welcome Mrs Smith to our facility today. As the world shifts towards a more circular economy model, we believe that our unique closed loop re-use model will help retailers to eradicate waste from garment hangers and garment packaging all together. We are proud, as a Sheffield business, to play a role in the international fight against plastic waste.”