Incoming new business will help Regenex reach our goal to process 1,000 tonnes of the UK’s dirtiest linen – saving 3,000 tonnes of carbon* – by the end of 2021.
Ongoing disruption to the linen supply chain, rising prices and increasing emphasis on environmental credentials combined have prompted more laundries to seek help from Regenex.
Demand is high for Regenex services, including restoring hotel-quality whiteness to heavily-stained linen, which would otherwise be condemned, via a multi-bath cleaning process – as well as offering dyeing and re-dyeing options for towels, tableware, workwear and bedding.
The start-up, approaching its fourth birthday, has grown apace despite the pandemic and the enforced hiatus to the hospitality industry – from which Regenex receives a sizeable proportion of its orders.
So far this year, specialist tasks have included dyeing many thousands of scrubs for the NHS as well as building on existing relationships with big names in the sector, such as Celtic Linen, Thomsons Laundry, Bates of London and Snow White Laundries.
Paul Hamilton, technical director, said: “We’re delighted with the progress we’ve made this year with our laundry, hospitality and healthcare customers. More and more companies and organisations are realising the carbon, water and money-saving potential of working with us.
“Things are really beginning to change. As a society we are all rethinking our attitude to textile waste and our impact on the world’s resources.”
News from the Government that UK businesses will be required to do more to disclose their environmental impact is also expected to be a key driver for development of green policies across all sectors.
Regenex is the recipient of an International Green Apple Award for good environmental practice and has been announced as a finalist in two categories at the LADAs (Laundry and Drycleaning Awards) next month.
* Calculation based on 750 tonnes of linen typically halfway through its natural life cycle returned to stock, compared with carbon footprint of 8kg associated with the manufacture and life cycle of 1kg of new linen. Saving is 4kg carbon per 1kg cotton. According to http://www.globalcarbonatlas.org/ the average British person has a carbon footprint of 8.34 tonnes per year.