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100 tonnes of hospitality and healthcare textiles successfully processed

Published 10th May, 2021 by Neil Nixon

100 tonnes of hospitality and healthcare textiles successfully processed

Commercial linen stain removal expert Regenex and laundry, Celtic Linen, have reached the landmark volume of 100 tonnes of items saved from rag or landfill and returned to stock. The amount represents a saving of 300 tonnes of carbon and 500 million litres of water, compared with the condemning of blemished linen and subsequent purchase of newly manufactured top-up stock.

Regenex’s gentle multi-bath cleaning system opens fibres to release marks and refresh whites, allowing Celtic Linen to make the most of every item on behalf of its hospitality and healthcare customers.

The two companies have also been collaborating on a new system to vacuum pack linen, and fit more stock into lorries. The unusual move away from metal cages is increasing efficiencies and saving fuel and carbon when moving large volumes of linen between England and Ireland. Regenex - the recipient of an International Green Apple Award for environmental best practice - is based in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and Celtic Linen is headquartered in Wexford with branches in Dublin, Cork and Ballinasloe.

Celtic Linen’s commitment to making the most of every item of linen began in 2018 and has gained pace following the appointment of CEO, Joanne Somers, in June 2020. She said: “As with any business, especially in these times, Celtic Linen is looking for value for money and cost savings. But this partnership with Regenex is about much more than that, it’s about innovative ways of dealing with an age-old problem in the linen industry whereby very good quality linen is ragged due to staining. As a company we have a strong focus on sustainability and environmental initiatives are a key part of our business strategy. We are delighted with the success of this project to date and our relationship with Regenex.”

Paul Hamilton, technical director of Regenex, said: “Celtic Linen is one of our largest customers. We have been keen to try new approaches. This included setting up a vacuum packing system to move linen around, rather than relying on metal cages which are expensive, weighty and inefficient for loading. Using vacuum pumps to pack linen and transporting bales on pallets means we can maximise loading capacity. This is unusual for the sector and, we think, pioneering.”

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