It’s good to read in your report “UK government’s reusable gown project fails to produce any PPE” (September 8), that the government plan to make reusable protective gowns in the UK is “on track” after all, in spite of reports of its demise and industry scepticism that Whitehall can get such a scheme off the ground.

The initiative fits in with many of the ideas that are on Boris Johnson’s agenda. Bringing work to textiles companies in economically depressed regions would be part of the prime minister’s “levelling up” strategy. Supporting UK supply of vital items of personal protective equipment is consistent with the government’s interest in making the economy more self-sufficient. On top of this, making more PPE reusable — as opposed to being based around items discarded after one wearing — is both sensible and vital from the perspective of long-term environmental sustainability.

Peter Marsh
Founder, Made Here Now,
London SW11, UK

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