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McDonald's to create 'sustainable' uniform for 85,000 staff in time for London Olympics


Restaurant chain McDonald’s has signed a long-term partnership with British designers, Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway, and upcycling company, Worn Again, to design the uniform for its 85,000 employees.

The collaboration is part of a strategy for McDonald's to create sustainable uniforms for its staff. Worn Again will create new uniforms for McDonald's with the aim of making it 100% closed loop recyclable, where uniforms are recollected in restaurants, reprocessed into raw materials and made back into uniforms again. McDonald's is the first company in the UK to commit to developing a closed loop uniform.

Jez Langhorn (pictured), VP, people, McDonald's UK, said: "Our people welcome three million customers a day into our restaurants and they are at the heart of our business. We invest in them to provide nationally recognised qualifications and flexible working - just as important to them is the uniform they wear. Our staff share Worn Again's commitment to sustainability and I hope that together we can create a uniform design model for the future which others can follow."

The new designs will be unveiled next year before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and McDonald's top performing employees will be the first to wear the designs at the McDonald's Olympic Park restaurants.

Employees across the UK are competing for a chance to work at the Olympic Park restaurants - only staff who demonstrate the very best in customer service will be given the opportunity. After the London 2012 Olympic Games, the new uniform designs will be rolled out to McDonald's 1,200 restaurants and 85,000 employees across the UK.