Textile recycling is struggling – but there are fewer reasons than ever to throw away good linen

Before Covid-19 struck, many commercial laundries were coming to the realisation that they throw way too much good linen in the bin, and have been doing so for years.

Historically, anything stained or discoloured, that could not be rescued by a high-temperature wash, was discarded.

Lately, technology has advanced, meaning wasteful habits can be broken. The vast majority of marks in cottons, polycottons and polyesters – be it rust, mould, food, fake tan or anything else – can be gently lifted, and linen returned to stock for many more washes to come.

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