eco-friendly methods and techniques
The laundry association takes an active part in environmental work through our sustainability policy and we place great importance on internal information and training of the member companies, while also working to raise the awareness of manufacturers, suppliers and customers.
Our member companies have entered the 2010s as environmentally conscious, viable companies with environmentally adapted methods and techniques. The textile service industry offers a more sustainable alternative to disposable items or laundry of work clothes at home or in the workplace. Recycling is included in every step of the services offered by textile service companies.
One example is that damaged garments are very often repaired when handled by professional textile service companies, while 51% of consumers change to new work clothes if they break, according to a survey by ETSA 2014.
In professional textile services, all packaging is also recycled or reused, which is not yet the case in the majority of households.
According to another study from ETSA, the average climate impact from laundry of work clothes has decreased by about 7% during the period 2007 and 2011.
Greenhouse gas emissions now amount to 510 g CO2e / kg for work clothes and 440 g CO2e / kg for linen.
The calculation of the carbon footprint includes the entire process; from the consumption of fuel for transport to the climate impact from the consumption of electricity, fuels, water and chemicals - including upstream processes.
our environmental focus
The association works actively to ensure that each member company draws up clear environmental programs by paying attention to the following aspects:
Exterior and interior environment
Environmental issues are an integral part of daily work. Similarly, work environment issues must be integrated.
When selecting machines, their impact on both the working environment and the external environment must be taken into account. The manufacturer should state the environmental impact of the manufacturing process and the possibility of recycling.
Chemicals and production methods
Chemicals and production methods should be selected that minimize emissions to the external and internal environment. Environmental criteria for professionally used detergents must be taken into account.
Consumption of water, solvents, detergents, electricity, oil, gas etc. must be made more efficient. This also applies to various forms of transport. Driving should be minimized.
Source sorting and recycling
Opportunities for source sorting and recycling must be observed. This includes packaging materials, chemicals, paper, plastics and textiles. The amount of disposable items should be reduced.
Knowledge of environmental issues
The staff must have knowledge of environmental issues. Both companies and staff must comply with current and future legislation.
Opportunities for certification and further development in the environmental field must be considered.
The Swedish Laundry Association's business policy includes environment, quality, work environment and CSR.