Oxford sustainable laundry wins global best practice award


An Oxford business which is disrupting the laundry industry (presumably as much as the laundry it puts in a washing machine), has won a global best practice award.

OxWash, founded in 2017 to offer more sustainable laundry services to university students, and which supported NHS workers in the thick of the current Coronavirus epidemic, won the award from Cinet (Comité International De L`Entretien du Textile), the international organisation for the global professional textile care industry.

OxWash was founded by for NASA scientist, Dr Kyle Grant, born out of frustration from the perpetually broken washing machine in his college laundry.

With just a bike and a backpack, Kyle collected and washed clothes for fellow students, and the business grew fast.

The laundry’s aim is to achieve zero net carbon emissions for the whole process, including collection and delivery. This has never yet been achieved anywhere in the world.

The company said: “Oxwash is the world’s first truly sustainable laundry company, and this award proves that our processes are world-class. Our environmental credentials span across our whole process end-to-end, ensuring that we are doing the most we can for the planet at every stage. Founded by engineers, we have a holistic approach to the laundry service model heavily inspired by life support systems engineering in NASA spacecraft. Every inch of the process is interrogated to ensure a truly sustainable service to our customers.”

Traditional laundries, and even domestic washers and dryers are renowned for high energy usage. Oxwash uses solar panels and other renewable energy to power its washing machines. The company also recycles the water it uses and uses microfiber filtration systems to prevent plastic pollution.

Earlier this year OxWash secured £1.4 million investment from TrueSight Ventures, Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter), Paul Forster (founder of Indeed.com), Founders Factory and other angel investors.

The company has now launched in London, following expanding earlier this year into Cambridge from it Oxford base.