With 30 million pieces of textile wasted each year, the Textile Services Association (TSA) has stepped in to improve the situation in the hospitality industry. "The time has come for innovative solutions," said David Stevens, CEO of TSA.
The TSA urges the hospitality, catering and healthcare industries to work with them to improve the recycling of textiles. Over 30 million textiles, including sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases and towels, are thrown away every year. This corresponds to more than 2000 tons. Most of them end up in landfills or are incinerated. In the meantime, the cloth that is actually reused is often only given one additional cycle of use, e.g. B. rags in locations such as garages before it is also disposed of.
Textile waste from the hotel industry is ideal for recycling as it mainly consists of natural fibers and white. The TSA has launched a project to research potential recycling solutions for industry and has partnered with the Swedish company Södra, which has developed a method by which textiles are processed and turned into pulp that can be used to spin cotton fiber yarn. A test shipment was recently sent to them to determine how suitable it will be for use in the UK.
TSA members are well positioned to facilitate textile recycling. Over 90% of hotels in the UK are run by TSA members, which allows them to easily handle the logistics of the proposed recycling system. "We want to be part of the solution," says Stevens. "So far, our members have been very excited about the potential they can use to help industry reduce waste and improve sustainability."
The TSA is also in talks with UK Hospitality about the possibility of adding staff uniforms to the program, which account for an additional four million items annually. The recycling of uniforms is more complex, as it often uses a mix of different materials and accessories that need to be separated first. In the future, designing uniforms for recycling is one of the solutions discussed.
"We are very excited to be working with TSA on their recycling project and it perfectly complements our current Net Zero Carbon campaign through 2030," said Kate Nicholls OBE, Managing Director of UK Hospitality.
Stevens added, "It is an environmental win-win as it reduces landfill use and incineration and reduces the need for new cotton. It is estimated that for every kilo of cotton, it takes 20,000 liters of water, with that Don't forget the risk of fertilizer runoff. Anything that reduces the impact of this crop must be good. "
As more companies and businesses seek innovative ways to reduce their environmental footprint, Stevens believes it is time to consider bold and innovative solutions to the bigger problems they face. "We welcome any feedback we receive and encourage more stakeholders to come forward to discuss the unique needs of their companies in order for this program to be a success," he said.
You will receive further information on the TSA recycling system by e-mail (e-mail protected).