How to choose the most sustainable commercial laundry service

In today's business landscape, sustainability is a priority for many, extending beyond common practices like office recycling and travel reduction. While commercial laundry services might not be the first consideration, this blog highlights the less apparent ways businesses can enhance their carbon footprint. Discover the crucial factors to consider when selecting a sustainable commercial laundry service, including water and energy efficiency, detergent and chemical usage, water treatment and recycling, certifications, renewable energy sources, packaging and waste management, transparent practices, and the importance of localised services. Learn how making informed choices in these areas not only benefits the environment but also proves advantageous for your business in the long run.

Freya Gutteridge

Business & Insights


Many businesses value sustainability in their everyday choices – whether that’s by recycling in the office or reducing business travel plans. But there are some less obvious ways to improve your carbon output. Whether you’ve thought about switching your commercial laundry services or not, we’re here to show you that carbon-neutral laundry not only helps the environment but helps your wallet in the long run.

Here are the essential considerations for selecting the most sustainable commercial laundry service for your business.

Use of renewable energy

The source of energy used by a commercial laundry service is a critical factor in its overall environmental impact. Choose a service that invests in renewable energy sources such as solar, wind power or biogas. A laundry service committed to reducing its carbon footprint through the use of renewable energy contributes to a cleaner and more sustainable energy landscape.

Water treatment and recycling

A laundry service's approach to water treatment and recycling is a key indicator of its commitment to environmental stewardship. Enquire about their water treatment practices and whether they have systems in place to recycle water. Opting for a service that prioritises water reclamation not only minimises environmental harm but also demonstrates a dedication to sustainable practices.

Detergent and chemical usage

Conventional laundry detergents often contain harmful chemicals that can impact both the environment and human health. Prioritise a commercial laundry service that utilises biodegradable detergents. Enquire about their chemical management system, ensuring they minimise the use of potentially harmful substances.

Certifications and accreditations

Look for certifications that indicate a laundry service's commitment to sustainability. We’re the first B-Corp™ and carbon-neutral laundry service to achieve EN 14065 accreditation, and our hygiene standards exceed the requirements of NHS-grade disinfection. 

Transparent practices and communication

Transparency is key when assessing the environmental sustainability of a commercial laundry service. Seek services that openly communicate their practices, allowing customers to understand the environmental impact of their laundry processes. 

A service that provides information on its sustainable initiatives, welcomes enquiries about its practices, and consistently communicates its commitment to sustainability is more likely to align with your business's environmental values. Read our 2023 report for insights into our achievements and setbacks.

Localised services

Choosing a commercial laundry service with localised operations can contribute to reduced transportation-related emissions. Selecting a service with facilities close to your business minimises the environmental impact of transporting laundry items back and forth. 

By supporting local services, you contribute to a more sustainable supply chain and reduce the carbon footprint associated with transportation. While it may not always be feasible, it is advisable to prioritise a service provider committed to achieving net-zero logistics. 

At Oxwash, we distinguish ourselves by utilising a fleet of electric vans and e-cargo bikes for all our logistical operations, aligning with our dedication to sustainable practices.

Packaging and waste management

Consider a laundry service's approach to packaging and waste management. Excessive packaging and improper waste disposal can contribute to environmental pollution. Opt for a service that employs minimal, recyclable and reusable packaging for returned items. Additionally, enquire about their waste management practices, focusing on their commitment to recycling and reducing overall waste.

Making the right choice for you

By prioritising water and energy efficiency, biodegradable detergents, water treatment and recycling, and embracing renewable energy sources, you can select a commercial laundry service that not only meets your needs but also contributes to a more sustainable future. It is important that we all begin to hold suppliers to account for their impact on the environment to help create positive change.


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