School uniform scheme: help save the planet, help save your purse

Folded school uniform, apple, pencils and jotters

Argyll and Bute Council has been working with its schools and third sector partners to roll out a new, innovative scheme that will see school uniforms that children have outgrown, either reused or recycled – saving peoples’ purse and the planet.

The scheme will enable every child and young person to access a uniform, while contributing to the council’s vision of becoming a net zero carbon emissions organisation by 2045.

The scheme is already up and running in South Kintyre, Helensburgh and Lomond, Bute and Cowal, and Oban and Lorn; plans are currently underway to launch it in Mid Argyll, North Kintyre, Islay, Mull and Tiree before the end of the summer.

The Council’s Policy Lead for Climate Change and Environment Services,Councillor Ross Moreland, said: “The school uniform scheme is a great initiative. Many items of school clothing contain polyester, which is a petroleum-based material. Manufacturing this clothing in industrial units sends fumes into the atmosphere that damages our climate. By reusing uniforms that children have outgrown, it reduces this toxic process and helps to save our planet. It also helps to keep down outgoings for parents at a time when many people are struggling with the cost of living.”

For more information about the scheme, including how to donate uniforms and how get a pre-loved one, visit

Notes to editor

  • Argyll and Bute Council has been working in close partnership with schools, parent councils, community groups and volunteers across Argyll and Bute to establish the scheme.
  • Partners include Kintyre Recycling Limited, Oban Baptist Church, Helensburgh Parish Church, and Dunoon Community Hub.

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