Regenex is challenging hospitality and healthcare industries to use textile dyeing as a “secret weapon” to help reach low carbon ideals.
The Buttershaw, Bradfod-based linen revivial specialist has developed new systems in textile coloration, designed to help laundries get the most out of every piece of stock.
The company is expanding its dyeing service for tired linen that has lost its original whiteness or colour – to avoid many tonnes of such serviceable material being condemned to landfill.
Directors believe colouring or re-colouring is an under-utilised solution for hospitality and healthcare linen and are now in talks with customers and contacts about its possibilities.
Regenex’s vision for lowering carbon emissions and conserving the world’s resources is set out in a new white paper, ‘Don’t dump it, dye it: Getting the most out of linen with coloration’.
The start-up is best-known for its patented stain removal processes for white linen. Now in its fourth year, it can count several major laundry chains in the UK and beyond on its client list.
The firm has also dyed 75 tonnes of material so far, in trials and smaller contracts – and is now opening up such services to more customers and partners.
“These are exciting times of new possibilities for saving carbon and money through better management of linen,” said MD David Midgley.
“Companies are very wisely ramping up their eco-credentials as we prepare to emerge into a post-COVID world. One easy way to make big improvements is to be more careful with textiles, and get the most out of them, before ordering replacement stock.”
Regenex, which recently won an International Green Apple Award for environmental good practice, has so far dyed included hospital blankets, workwear, continuous roller towels, tableware, towels and bedding. Dyeing can save companies many tonnes of carbon – and more than 50% on the cost of new items.