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CLEAN extends its green credentials further with plastic reduction

Posted on 06-Aug-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.

CLEAN extends its green credentials further with plastic reduction

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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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.