How can I reuse or recycle a high visibility jacket?

high-visibility-jacketLast week’s post about glowsticks reminded me that we’ve got a torn up high visibility jacket (well, waistcoat) in the cellar. It’s been there for a good few years now – I found it on the top of a wheelie bin in our street after we’d had a period of roadworks and I thought “ooh, I can do something with that” – but never got around to doing anything with it.

Given they tend to be used by people doing hard physical work, I suspect jackets and other high vis clothing gets damaged quite a lot – are there any recycling schemes in place for companies/organisations that go through a lot of them?

On a smaller scale, any suggestions for reuses? Anything that can take advantage of the fluorescent fabric and reflective strips?

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4 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle a high visibility jacket?”

  1. Lizzy says:

    It really depends how much of it is intact. This morning I saw a backpack with a square panel of high-visibility-stuff sewn to the back, for use when cycling.

  2. anna says:

    Give to someone who cycles or walks in dark.
    When you walk or run or cycle in a rain, it does not matter if it’s old or used – what matters is that you are visible when it’s dark.

  3. Miss rainbow says:

    you could cut it into strips and weav it up having random silver visability reflective parts coming through and then turn it into a bag etc

  4. Medeea says:

    The backpack applique idea is very good.
    I was thinking of simple strips for the bicycle frame.
    Make a vest for a devoted biker friend?

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