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Leo Burnett London and Action on Addiction help recovering addicts dress for job interviews with ‘the dry/clean initiative’

LONDON – Leo Burnett London has partnered with Action on Addiction to help recovering addicts back into the workplace with the ‘the dry/clean initiative.’


The simple initiative sees Action on Addiction, which specializes in workplace training and rehabilitation, partner with dry-cleaners across London to collect unclaimed clothes that can be worn to interviews.



With a reported 15% of dry-cleaning never claimed by its owners, businesses become inundated with unwanted clothing that gradually takes up more and more valuable storage space.


Research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that employment can increase a recovering addict’s abstinence by 79%. By handing over unclaimed suits to Action on Addiction, dry-cleaners can help people who are dry of alcohol and clean from drugs on their way to employment by giving them appropriate clothes to wear to interviews.


The supporting ad work tells ‘Debbie’s Story’ in a short film, the first person to have been helped by the ‘the dry/clean initiative’. She explains in her own words how she became an addict, why she remained addicted to drugs and alcohol and how she eventually became clean. She explains how a free suit helped her and what it can mean to recovering addicts who are trying to find work.

The campaign runs across online, print, and direct platforms.


Amanda Thomson, Communications and Research Manager, Action on Addiction, said: “This campaign is in its infancy, but we believe it is the first initiative of its kind in the UK and we already have 34 dry-cleaners signed up in London.


“This is an exciting achievement, but it’s just the beginning. We have plans to take this nationwide, increasing donations and providing suits to determine addicts in recovery all over the UK.”


Elliott Starr, Creative at Leo Burnett, said: “Millions of people in the UK struggle with addiction. Most of us know someone whose life has been affected by it.


“We wanted to help give recovering addicts, who are working day by day to stay dry/clean, a tangible tool that they can use to get back on their feet. ‘the dry/clean initiative’ is a step towards creating a new life and it’s something we’re delighted to be part of.”

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