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30 January 2018

Laundry

Laundry is a big Green issue. From singles to families and mega-hotels with massive laundry footprints, we are all looking for the holy green grail of a better idea. My friend Glenn Hasek at Green Lodging recently shared what he considers a good idea and others are noticing. Glenn write that hotel industry veteran Richard Ferrell, President of Pürlin, LLC, is aiming to revolutionize how sheets and pillow cases are managed in hotels across the United States. His company’s linens are not laundered; instead, after being used by a guest they are picked up to be 100 percent recycled. Made of high-quality microfibers designed to simulate cotton—the same as those used in products such as baby diapers and athletic wear—the sheets and pillowcases are produced and recycled by companies based in Florida and North Carolina. Once heated to 500+ degrees Fahrenheit, the linens are liquefied and become the ingredients for making brand new sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers, thus resulting in zero waste.
“This will forever change hotel laundry,” Ferrell says. “You will never sleep on a sheet or pillow case that anyone has ever used. It is a paradigm shift that will change the way hoteliers and travelers think about bed linens.”
In a typical laundry operation, the quality of cotton-based sheets and pillow cases is diminished over time as laundry detergent, bleaches and other chemicals break down the cellulosic fibers. Stains from women’s makeup can also cause laundering issues resulting in the disposal of the damaged item. Each Pürlin® sheet and pillowcase is hypoallergenic and saves water—selling points for any green hotel—and Pürlin will offer tent cards for use in guestrooms to explain the advantages of the linens. “We believe that Pürlin bed linens will be viewed as an amenity by the guest,” Ferrell says. Several years ago, Ferrell attended a conference on water. “It really made me understand the global problems of water and heightened my concern for fresh water which is not a renewable resource,” he says. “I learned that it takes 2,800 gallons of water to make one queen-size cotton sheet.” He thought there must be a better way. Today, it takes less than one gallon of water to make a Pürlin sheet. Pürlin linens are delivered folded and ready to use, generating additional laundry savings.Quality-wise, Ferrell says, “Our sheets are softer than most hotel sheets because they are spared from the grueling laundering process that hotel sheets must endure. ”Assuming the sheets and pillowcases account for 50 percent of the laundry load, a typical 300-room hotel requires 1.5 million to 1.7 million gallons of water per year to wash those linens, resulting in the creation of 1.5 million to 1.7 million gallons of wastewater. By eliminating 50 percent of the laundry load, Pürlin linens will reduce the costs that have been associated with laundering the bed linens i.e., labor, detergent and chemicals, water and wastewater, electricity, etc., and best of all it eliminates the expensive cost of bed linen replacement.
In a recent analysis done for the Las Vegas hotel market, if all 169,100 hotel rooms were using Pürlin linens, approximately 850 million gallons of water per year would be saved, thus eliminating the creation of 850 million gallons of waste-water per year. For more information and contact, click here..

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