A new commercial cleaning operation - designed to help the laundry industry look after its linen for longer - has been officially launched following a successful two-year pilot.
Half a million pounds of investment has already been ploughed into Bradford-headquartered Regenex since the journey began in 2016. In that time the 25,000sqft facility, with capacity to expand, handled 300 tonnes of condemned linen and apparel from the hospitality, healthcare and workwear sectors, that was otherwise destined to be ragged or landfilled. 74% has been restored and returned to commercial laundries’ pool stock, to continue its useful economic life.
The average net cost saving - when compared to clients having to re-purchase each item - is 35%, but this figure has reached up to 80% for chefs’ apparel.
With a wealth of textiles knowledge, Regenex founders David Midgley, Paul Hamilton and Matthew Whitehead know their cloth. So, they set about devising a new cleaning method that they believed could shift more complex stains commercial laundry companies find hard to remove - including self-tan, ink, mildew, and concrete marks - from a range of fabrics.
David Midgley said: “Unfortunately, the UK lags behind many of our European neighbours when it comes to waste hierarchy excellence for textiles - something that has to change. Legislative pressures aside, consumers are starting to push back on this environmental ineffectiveness - we only have to look at the recent Stacey Dooley programme on fast fashion to see that people are increasingly intolerant of damage to our planet. This cannot continue. This isn’t to say that the industry has sat back and done nothing. Continuous batch washing systems have made great headway in the reduction of energy usage, for example, but some extreme stains remain difficult to remove. We’ve been told that up to 50% of linen returned to hotels, for example, is still dirty. For many people, this renders items as nothing but ‘waste’, which we know is not the case. We believe therefore that the Regenex process can only complement the efforts of the continuous batch washers - enabling the UK to ‘love its linen for longer’.”
Photo shows: David Midgley (left) and Paul Hamilton.