Environmentally-Friendly Barker Cuts Single Use Plastic by 90%

UK-based Barker Dry Cleaning & Laundry has reached its own ambitious eco goals, including the reduction of single use plastic use in its business by 90%. The company labelled a variety of eco actions, such as an investment in washing/water heating technology, the intention to remove single use plastic from packaging across the entire business and a project to reduce electricity by replacing all lightning via LED.

The initiatives required an investment of over £100,000 over the past two years. Managing director Matthew Barker stated to be very proud to have achieved the targets, despite current Covid-19 challenges. The company claims to have convinced almost 95% of the 2500 domestic laundry customers to use long lasting laundry boxes which – although still plastic –  have a 20-year life span.

Apart from that a test has been introduced to remove polythene packaging in one of their branches as well as re-useable garment covers in all four stores. The covers prove to be very popular with customers, since they look smart, professional and are great in protecting clothing items. Barker acknowledges that plastic will never go away, but he is convinced that his company is now making a difference to the future of our planet.