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we make your stay more

 

We are a partnership
working towards a greener future

Textile innovation

High-tech manufacturing

Sustainable textile services

Conscious and clean stay

And together, we...

are 100% transparent
from manufacturing to your hotel room

save up to 12.5% water
versus hotels with On-Premise-Laundry facilities

How do we measure transparency?

To produce a duvet cover, we go through 4 general production stages:

1. Cotton farming & ginning (score weight: 25%)
2. Spinning & Weaving (score-weight: 25%)
3. Bleaching & Dyeing (score-weight: 25%)
4. Cutting & stitching (score-weight: 25%)

Since we mainly work with vertically integrated manufacturers, our High-tech Manufacturing icon, which you will find on our mapping tool, spans all the production stages from spinning till stitching (stage 2-4). We are therefore able to disclose 100% transparency from manufacturing to your hotel room. Further, we currently can map out the major ginners from where our cotton is purchased. Based on our weighting methodology, we estimate that we have an overall transparency score of 85%. In the future, it is our goal to increase transparency to include cotton farmers as well. This is a huge and complex task due to the amount of smallhold farmers - in Pakistan alone, there are approximately 1.5 million.

How do we save water?

There are a number of ways in which we save water. It starts with the raw material choice. By supporting the Better Cotton Initiative, we help improve cotton farming in Pakistan. BCI-farmers save about 17% water compared to non-BCI farmers. In our manufacturing facilities, we reduce water consumption through our waste-water treatment plant. Though we reduce water in several ways, including those we just mentioned, the percentage reduction of 12.5% that we report is based on our own water consumption versus best pratice in the laundry industry. The top 10% of laundries with the lowest water consumption in our industry use on average 4 liters per kilo of laundered textiles. We use 3.5 liters per kilo of laundered textiles. This shows a 12.5% reduction in water use when hotels choose Blycolin as their Textile Services provider. In general, water consumption is decreasing across the entire industry due to continuous improvement of laundry processes, new textile and machinery technologies as well as growing expertise within laundry operation. At Blycolin, we are particularly focused on reducing our water consumption - not only because it provides a financial benefit, but also because clean water is a scarce ressource. In our laundries, we work especially hard on implementing technologies that enables us to reuse water to effectively bring down the need for fresh water in our laundries.

Source: ETSA WECO Survey 4, 2015; Blycolin own data, 2020

How do we save CO2 emissions?

In recent years, enormous efficiency gains have been made within the industry. Over the last 15 years in the Netherlands alone, 54,8% energy savings were realized through process- and chain efficiency greater use of renewable energy. Pushing for further reduction, Blycolin is among the leaders. We compared Blycolin's CO2e emissions with those of the average European industrial laundry. The average laundry emits 0,33 kg CO2e per kg of textile laundered while Blycolin emits only 0,286 kg CO2e per kg of textile laundered. This means, that Blycolin emits about 13% less CO2e per kg textile laundered compared to the average European industrial laundry. Why? Blycolin is on a journey of continuous improvement in the laundry. In specific, Blycolin has achieved strong reductions in emssions through process optimization and efficiency improvements, greater use of renewable energy, implementation of steam-free washing, and greater reuse of energy from the tumblers.

Source: ETSA WECO Survey 4, 2015; Blycolin own data, 2020

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save up to 13% CO2
versus average European industrial laundry

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The Textile Journey

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We innovate sustainable textiles

Our research has shown that the most important factors to reduce environmental footprint for technical textiles is to (1) enhance their durability, (2) engineer for low energy consumption in the laundry, (3) and select timeless designs and colors. That's how we create textiles that last for decades. Not seasons.

We support Better Cotton practices

To improve cotton farming in Pakistan, we support the Better Cotton Initiative. In 2018, BCI farmers used 17% less pesticides and water for irrigation, and earned 40% more compared to non-BCI farmers. Because there are 1.5 mil. smallhold farmers located mostly around the ginning facilities, we map those facilities.

We manufacture as One Company

Incidents of irresponsible social and environmental behaviour in the textile industry are plenty. We feel such incidents can be managed better if it were our own company. Therefore, we collaborate with our manufacturers as if we were just one company. That's how we ensure a sustainable production.

Sustainable textile services

Textile service companies have a business model that is circular in nature. In recent years, enormous efficiency gains have been made within the industry. Over the last 15 years in the Netherlands alone, 54,8 % energy savings were realized through process- and chain efficiency greater use of renewable energy.

We recycle discarded textiles

After years of use, textiles must be discarded due to wear and tear. We leverage this opportunity by recycling discarded textiles. The recycled fibers are mixed with cut-off waste, recycled polyester and virgin materials to create new fibers for bed linen or sheets. This way, we breathe new life to our discarded textiles.

Our products are certified with one or a combination of the following ethical and environmental standards

We let our products and manufacturing processes audit according to strict environmental, ethical and safety standards by renowned auditors.

We create opportunity through education

The foundation of a stable, sustainable society with opportunities for all is the availability of education.

So, in 2011, we decided to partner up with The Citizens Foundation to provide financial support for the establishment and maintenance of the U.I. Trust Campus School in Karachi, Pakistan.

With our donation, 190 children can attend nursery to 5th grade of school. 49% of the children are girls and 51% are boys.

And to encourage families to send their girls to school, all teachers working at the school are women.