Reduction of Pollutants
Since Pürlin Sheets and Pillowcases are completely recycled, there is no laundering process to introduce germ-killing chemicals or other toxins into the local water supply.
By greatly reducing the amount of water required to manufacture and launder cotton-based linens, Pürlin™ saves precious water.
Made exclusively with man-made fibers, Pürlin linens are substantially more water efficient and ecologically sound than their cotton based equivalents. Cotton is the most water intensive of all crops and the most toxic. Because cotton plants are exposed and vulnerable to insects and diseases in the field, numerous toxic pesticides and chemicals including known carcinogens are applied to the crops to prevent them from being destroyed.
Producing Pürlin Sheets and Pillowcases will save tremendous amounts of water when compared to the manufacturing of cotton based linens. It takes 2800 gallons of water to produce one queen size cotton sheet, however, it takes less than a gallon of water to produce one queen size Pürlin sheet. When applied on the scale of a 100-room hotel, 3,599,169 gallons of water are required to manufacture the hotel’s standard 3-par cotton based sheet and pillowcase inventory. Comparatively, an equivalent 3-par Pürlin start up inventory requires just 980 gallons, saving over 3,598,678 gallons of water.
Once outfitted, this same 100-room hotel will use 400,000 gallons of water annually to launder their cotton-based sheets and another 900,000 gallons of water to manufacture the 25% replacement of inventory that is required each year. This equates to nearly 1,300,000 total gallons of water to maintain cotton based sheets in a 100-room hotel.
In comparison, it takes approximately 32,000 gallons of water to make the Pürlin sheets necessary to supply the 100-room hotel for one year.
Laundering the cotton sheets and pillowcases for a typical 100-room hotel uses approximately 3.4 million gallons of water per year. However, to manufacture the Pürlin sheets and pillowcases required to supply that same 100-room hotel for a year, uses less than 500,000 gallons, saving almost 3 million gallons of water annually – and that is just one hotel.
Pürlin Sheets are recycled through a heat intensive process that reaches a temperature of approximately 340 degrees Fahrenheit. This destroys bacteria and eliminates the need for powerful detergents, bleach, and sanitizing chemicals that are used in conventional hotel laundering operations. These toxic chemicals can irritate sensitive skin and are discharged into the local wastewater treatment system through the wash rinse cycle, ultimately ending up in the environment.
“If laid end-to-end, bed linens condemned by the world’s leading Hotel chains in one year would go around the world more than twice. ”Andy Marks, Founder and CEO of Sleeping Bags a British Social Enterprise that creates products from end-of-life hospitality textiles.