Every business should be backing World Environment Day

Posted on 02-Jun-2017

Here at CLEAN we are encouraging all businesses to get behind World Environment Day on Monday 5 June 2017 and put the focus on protecting nature and the planet.

Every business should be backing World Environment Day

CLEAN, which employs more than 1,450 employees to deliver five million linen items and over 130,000 workwear items from its seven laundry production facilities in England each week, puts green credentials at the heart of its business.

Led by Chief Executive Officer Jason Miller, CLEAN has developed – and continues to improve – an Environmental Management System to enable it to meet and exceed its responsibilities to the environment and the areas in which the laundries operate.

Picture: Heat exchangers in our Slough laundry recycle latent heat from ironers to pre-heat air used in the industrial dryers

Earlier this year CLEAN opened a £15m super laundry in Slough which features the latest laundry technology and uses some of the improvements and energy savings it had put in place at its original 'green' laundry in Camberley in 2009.

The new laundry at Slough, together with other company-wide initiatives, has helped CLEAN reduce its overall carbon footprint by 39% since being implemented.

Some of the ways CLEAN has achieved this result include:

  • Reducing electricity and gas consumption by 5.6% and 2.5% respectively over the last 2 years
  • Introducing effective water recycling systems, reducing water consumption by 15.8% over the last two years
  • Reducing fuel consumption by 35% by targeting a 5% improvement on miles per gallon
  • Introducing environmentally friendly chemicals and modernized equipment to reduce chemical wastage

 

The company, which won the 'Sustainable Supplier' title at the 2017 Footprint Awards held in London on 25 May, also holds 'green days' for its staff.

CLEAN CEO Jason Miller said: "At CLEAN our environmental responsibilities and the impacts that we have on our surroundings are extremely important to us. That's why we have a plan in place to lessen our impact on the environment and why earlier this year we opened our world-class laundry in Slough.

"We would love other businesses to think in the same way, which is why we're shouting about what we've done in the hope of inspiring others to make a change this World Environment Day."

World Environment Day is run by the United Nations Environment Programme and is used to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet.

CLEAN became the second largest hospitality flatwork provider in the UK following the acquisition of Paragon Laundry in 2015. Its brand new super laundry in Slough is another key milestone and a major step for the business, following a well-documented year of success that saw the company’s annual turnover increase significantly towards £80m.

Find out more about CLEAN's environmental policies and achievements and follow our updates on Twitter @cleanlinenltd.


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Winner of The Green Apple Bronze Award in 2017 for Environmental Best Practice Service Industries category for our project 'Developing a Super-laundry'. Winner of ‘Most Innovative Company’ 2017 at the Laundry And Drycleaning Awards (LADAs) recognising companies, individuals, services and products that showcase a new level of customer service and professionalism within the industry. Awarded the ‘Sustainable Supplier’ title at the 2017 Footprint Awards; recognising organisations at every stage in the food supply chain from growers, producers, manufacturers and distributors, through to all hospitality and foodservice operators in both public and private sectors, their suppliers and other stakeholders. CLEAN has joined the list of inspirational British companies to feature as a 2016 finalist in the Amazon Growing Business Awards 2016: shortlist in the 'Company of the Year – Larger Firm category'. Winner of ‘Commercial Laundry of the Year’ 2016 at the Laundry And Drycleaning Awards (LADAs) recognising companies, individuals, services and products that showcase a new level of customer service and professionalism within the industry. Winner of The Green Apple Gold Award in 2015 for Environmental Best Practice for our Environmental Improvement project 'Eco-friendly laundry services focused on creating sustainability'. RoSPA Gold Merit Award (achieving Gold Standard for a 5th consecutive year). Recognised internationally, the RoSPA Awards have become one of the most sought after accolades for many organisations from every industry sector.