Since 2016, Laundry Efficiency has been on a mission to make the textile care industry greener and more sustainable. Its progressive business model of encouraging the industry to reduce excessive waste, pollution and misuse of natural resources has now been recognised with the United Kingdom's highest official business award.

The company is one of only 205 organisations nationally recognised with a prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise: sustainable Development. It will carry the honour of using the acclaimed Royal Warrant for the next five years.

The highly coveted award is for its outstanding achievement in tackling important environmental issues within the laundry supply chain to make the world a better place.

Graham Oakley, commercial director of Laundry Efficiency said: “From day one, my aim has been to make the world a greener place. I am delighted that our consultancy services and green-washing system is helping the textile care industry make critical environmental changes in affordable ways. Winning a Queens Award is testament to the transformation and high eco standards we get our customers to reach.”

The Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development is not the only award Laundry Efficiency has won. In 2020, it won Keele University's Breaking the Mould Award for developing a new software system that gives Laundry Efficiency customers real time data to reduce their carbon footprint.

In addition to this, Laundry Efficiency  won the Staffordshire Chamber of Commerce Sustainability and Environment award (2020) as well as the FSB's Green Business of the Year Award (2020, 2019, 2018).

Graham Oakley, who runs the company with his father Colin Oakley, founder and managing director, said: “As the UK re-opens for business, the need for efficient and effective commercial laundries will only increase. Now is an excellent opportunity for business owners and managing directors to re-invent their wash and drying processes in order to provide a safer, cleaner and more efficient professional laundry service. Here are a number of ways we can work with you to achieve that goal.

“The new Antimicrobial Wash & Protect range from Laundry Efficiency is one way you can do this. Our new chemicals use silver-ion technology which inhibits the survival of any bacterial or viruses that may be present on linen. It also reduces odour-forming bacteria leading to cleaner and fresher outcomes. Ultimately, when used in your wash cycles, you play an active part in containing and preventing viral and bacterial pathogens living on linen. It is so effective that laboratory tests show linen can stay pathogen-free for up to three months after laundering – a claim verified by independent ISO22196:2011 testing.”

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