A sustainability ‘pact’ will outline a raft of green practices to help commercial laundries and the UK hospitality sector reach net zero carbon objectives.
The Textile Services Association (TSA) has set up a Sustainability Steering Group made up of representatives from laundry operators, machinery and textiles manufacturers, and end users, including representation from UK Hospitality. The TSA said that group would create a sustainability pact for the laundry industry to sign up to, with the aim of guaranteeing a holistic approach to sustainability across the sector, from recycling textiles to using low-energy light bulbs. It would also help the hospital industry to reach its net zero carbon objectives, as well as tackle issues such as waste and water quality.
Shyju Skariah, technical services manager at the TSA, said: “The laundry industry has already come a long way in optimising and fine-tuning its processes and operations in a more sustainable way.
“We have seen water usage slashed, from 20 litres a kilo down to two litres, and energy usage halved. But we want to go much further. Nothing is off the agenda with this steering group.”
He added: “We’ll run training workshops with experts so TSA members really understand what net zero means and how it can be achieved. We’ll create tools for individual companies to track progress. Each company will set their own roadmap, enabling the TSA to compile an industrywide pathway.”
The pact would be added to as new sustainability ideas and concepts are developed, along with the practical means to initiate them, said the TSA.
Chief executive David Stevens said the association believed that the laundry industry could surpass the government’s net zero carbon targets.
“The sustainability pact, and the support we are putting in place around it, will be especially useful in helping SME laundry operators achieve their green objectives,” he said.
“The pact shows our industry is driving for a sustainable solution. It’s also a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate the benefits commercial laundries can bring to so many sectors of the economy, particularly around hospitality and healthcare.”
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