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Linen milestone achieved

Regenex reaches target milestone following successful processing of 1,000 tonnes of linen

Specialist commercial linen cleaning company Regenex has reached its target milestone of successfully returning 1,000 tonnes of linen back to its customers — saving 3,000 tonnes of carbon in the process.

Regenex’s patented multi-bath cleaning process is helping its clients improve their green credentials while also saving thousands of pounds, with customers no longer needing to purchase top-up stock as often. Having received 1,400 tonnes of dirty linen to date, the stain removal treatment has over a 70% success ratio, with the remaining 400 tonnes of material rejected due to rips and holes or as a result of residual staining. The remaining linen is sold on as premium rag to extend its life cycle just that bit further.

Technical Director Paul Hamilton commented: “We’re incredibly proud of this achievement and would like to thank our loyal client base. While the bulk of our business is with hospitality linen providers, we have also worked with NHS laundries, independent B&B chains as well as smaller, high-end industrial laundry providers. As of November 2023, Regenex has achieved over 50 tonnes of linen returned to three of its clients, with another client set to receive 100 tonnes successfully returned within the coming months.

“Since the formation of Regenex, the linen returned to our clients has predominantly been white hospitality and healthcare linen, but has also included workwear and some over-dyeing and topping up of table linen.”

On average, every tonne of linen processed by Regenex saves three tonnes of carbon and 5m litres of water — compared to a staggering 3,000 tonnes of carbon and 5bn litres of water that would have otherwise been used if the 1,000 tonnes of linen been replaced with brand new polycotton.

Paul continued: “As we continue to extend the life of our customers’ linen, we’re delighted to have reached such a milestone figure already, one which further proves our commitment to reducing textile waste, one tonne at a time.

“With over 80% of a textile’s carbon footprint resulting from its initial manufacture and transportation, the least we can do is attempt to use it for as long as possible — before considering the most ethical method of disposing or recycling it.”

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