CLEAN extends its green credentials further with plastic reduction
Posted on Aug 06, 2018
As part of our drive to be more sustainable and efficient, we are pleased to be saving the equivalent weight of two double-decker buses of plastic per year, after reducing the volume of shrink film used across the seven laundries.
We have reduced the thickness of the essential film from 13 microns to 12, which is used to protect the integrity of our high-quality linen products and save them from dust, moisture, and other external elements during delivery and onsite storage. The shrink film process guarantees the linen arrives to our customers in its intended high quality and is kept in that condition.
Initially trialed at the Banbury laundry earlier this year, the shift to using a lower weight plastic film has now been rolled out across all of CLEAN’s sites. This isn’t the first move we have made in cutting back our use of plastic, as we have already reduced the weight of film used on our products by 40% since 2000.
We are continuing to improve our service to be even more eco-friendly by putting new technology in place to cut electricity, gas and water consumption at each site. We are also committed to further reducing our shrink film thickness to 8 microns, as soon as the technology becomes available.
Glenn Willis, Head of Procurement at CLEAN, said: “CLEAN is the first laundry company in the UK to standardise to a 12 micron shrink film for all customers, but we will continue to push the boundaries and make further reductions as soon as it is available. As we continue to proactively minimise the volume of our waste that is sent to landfill, we are proud to be shipping 25 tonnes less plastic per year and hope to reduce this further in the future. It’s vital that we continue to improve our sustainable efforts and make positive changes where we can, as well as save CLEAN and our customers money.”
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