A new initiative set up between Lloyds Banking Group and Salvation Army Trading Company is set to save old, worn and outdated careerwear from landfill across the UK. The Group is working with The Salvation Army to provide staff with a service that will see old careerwear recycled from more than 2,000 branches and offices, including those of Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and Halifax.

Over 90,000 branded Salvation Army bags have been distributed by the Group’s office supplier, Office Depot, to sites up and down the country. 

Instead of disposing of old careerwear, which may otherwise have been sent to landfill, Lloyds Banking Group staff are being encouraged to bring in their old clothes to put in the bags, which they can then deposit in one of the 6,700 Salvation Army textile banks across the UK.

Commenting on the scheme Kirk Bradley, Key Account Manager at Salvation Army Trading Company, said: “We’re delighted to be providing a simple and effective solution that will enable Lloyds Banking Group to recycle old careerwear with the minimum of hassle.  The partnership with Lloyds Banking Group will raise valuable funds for The Salvation Army, contributing to work with vulnerable people in the UK, which includes homelessness and addiction services, care for older people, help at emergency incidents, support for adult victims of human trafficking in England and Wales, a Family Tracing Service and much, much more. The initiative will also play a key role in helping Lloyds Banking Group reduce their environmental impact, recycling careerwear rather than sending them to landfill.”

Lloyds Banking Group added: “We are excited to be working with The Salvation Army to ensure that our old careerwear can be recycled and reused in a sustainable manner. The Salvation Army’s excellent network of clothes banks will provide our colleagues with a simple recycling solution, and we’re delighted that this will help support the fantastic work undertaken by The Salvation Army with people of all backgrounds and needs in the UK - which ties in with our own ongoing pledge of doing business responsibly.”