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Xeros has signed agreements paving the way for microfibre filtration in household washing machines. The Company has signed agreements with two domestic washing machine manufacturers to test and trial XFiltra for the consumer market. It’s also signed an agreement with the German component manufacturer Hanning to test and market XFiltra with manufacturers of domestic washing machines. These follow an agreement with the commercial laundry giant Girbau to launch a new range of microfibre filtration products, incorporating XFiltra technology, for the commercial laundry market. Microfibres, which are tiny fragments of the fibres used to make clothes and textiles, are a major source of pollution in the environment. They are shed from clothes when we wear and wash them. It’s estimated that 280,000 tonnes of microfibres end up in rivers and oceans every year and, in the UK alone, more than 9 trillion microfibres are released from domestic washing machines into wastewater every week. Where synthetic fibres like nylon and polyester are used, microfibres are a form of microplastic. These fibres are often used in casual clothing and are a staple of the sports and outdoor fashion industry. The agreements will see Xeros working directly with multiple washing machine manufacturers to incorporate and test XFiltra in their domestic machines. One is a major brand in the household appliance market, which is headquartered in Asia. It will conduct extensive testing of XFiltra ahead of field trials. Another is a smaller European-based manufacturer which will incorporate XFiltra in their household washing machines ahead of consumer-facing trials. In addition, Xeros will be working with the German component manufacturer Hanning to develop, test and market XFiltra with a number of other manufacturers. Hanning is a leading supplier of component parts to domestic washing machine manufacturers and an expert in pump technologies. Mark Nichols, CEO Xeros commented: Washing machine manufacturers are increasingly putting sustainability and protecting the environment at the heart of their products. This includes preventing microfibre pollution, which is generated by washing clothes.   We’re delighted to be partnering directly with multiple washing machine brands and a world renowned component supplier to the industry, all of whom share our concern for the environment, our passion for helping consumers to ‘wear better™’ and reducing the impact of microfibre pollution on the planet.   Politicians are putting pressure on the industry to incorporate microfibre filtration in household washing machines by the middle of the decade. Working with our new partners we are paving the way for that to become reality.   [XFiltra, Xeros News, News, Filtration]

Domestic XFiltra™ Trials To Begin

Xeros has signed agreements paving the way for microfibre filtration in household washing machines....
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Landmark agreement will tackle microfibre pollution resulting from commercial laundry processes Xeros has signed an historic agreement with the commercial laundry giant Girbau, to license the company’s microfibre filtration technology, XFiltra™. The deal will see Girbau introduce a new range of microfibre filtration products, incorporating XFiltra technology, to the commercial laundry market. The 10-year deal will enable Girbau to sell new Girbau-XFiltra products across multiple geographies including key markets of Europe and North America. The first sales are expected in 2021. Microfibre pollution, much of which is caused by washing clothes and textiles, is a huge and growing problem. Tiny fibres, some of which are a form of microplastic, wash off fabrics during wash cycles. A large proportion end up polluting the environment. An estimated 280,000 tonnes of microfibres end up in rivers and oceans every year and, in the UK alone, an estimated 9 trillion are released from laundry into wastewater every week. Xeros believes all washing machines should have microfibre filtration technology to prevent microfibres being released into the environment. The Girbau-XFiltra microfibre filtration product has been jointly developed by the two companies over the last 15 months and uses the core design principles of the domestic washing machine filtration technology developed by Xeros over the last four years. With a capture rate in excess of 90% of all microfibres, the new Girbau-XFiltra products are self-cleaning devices which can be fitted inside new washing machines or attached externally to existing machines. They can even be reconfigured to filter effluent from entire laundry facilities. The products are designed to work with machines covering a range of facilities from coin-operated laundromats to commercial and industrial laundries. Mark Nichols, CEO Xeros said: This is an historic moment for Xeros and our goal of helping people to ‘wear better’ by reducing the environmental impact of the clothing we wear and fabrics we use.   Commercial and domestic laundry processes are generating enormous amounts of microfibre pollution which is damaging our rivers and oceans, and harming wildlife.   So, we are delighted to have signed our first filtration license agreement with Girbau, a company which shares our vision and passion for protecting the environment, preventing pollution and minimising waste.   This is a giant step for Xeros and Girbau and it presents an opportunity for everyone who uses commercial washing machines to do what’s right. [News, Filtration]

Xeros Seals First Microfibre Filtration Deal

Landmark agreement will tackle microfibre pollution resulting from commercial laundry processes...
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Energy efficiency labels could mean A+++ rated machines are now rated C. We explore what this means for you. Energy rating labels on washing machines and other large household appliances are changing. The new labels, which help consumers measure performance and compare the efficiency of different machines, will start to appear in shops from March this year. Currently, the best washing machines are rated A+++ (some even higher). But the new labels do away with anything ‘better’ than A and reintroduce lower ratings of E, F and G. The new system could mean a washing machine that rates A+++ today may rate no higher than D or C. That’s not to say the machine has become less efficient. But the new labels raise the bar, making a top rating harder to achieve. The new labels will also provide information on machine water consumption, how noisy it is, the duration of a benchmark cycle, and how wet clothes are when removed. There is crucial information that these new labels don't feature, however - read on for all you need to know about this change, why it's happening and what it will achieve, and what needs to happen next... There are a couple of important reasons for these changes to energy ratings labels. THE ENVIRONMENT Firstly, the EU has rightly committed to tackling urgent environmental challenges like climate change and water consumption. The European Green Deal is a roadmap for the EU to become climate neutral by 2050. Resource efficiency lies at the heart of the strategy, encouraging innovation in new technologies that can perform the same function – but consume fewer resources and minimise environmental impact. Household appliances may not seem like an obvious place for reductions but in the UK a typical washing machine accounts for 9% of household water use and consumes, on average, 166KWh of electricity a year (based on an 8kg A++ rated machine running 220 cycles at 40°C). Across Europe, the EU estimates that the new energy labels on washing machines and washer dryers will deliver annual savings of: 2.5 TWh electricity (equivalent to Italy’s energy consumption in 2010) 800,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions Reduce water consumption by 711 million m3 The second reason for the new labels is that so many appliances now achieve a top rating that consumers struggle to tell the difference between the good and the very best machines, causing confusion and undermining trust in the labels. ROLLING BACK THE YEARS Energy labels were first introduced in 1994. The colour-coded stickers rapidly became a trusted mark of performance with 85% of people saying they’ve been influenced by them when shopping for a new washing machine. As shoppers increasingly opted for the most energy efficient products, achieving a top rating became more important for manufacturers. By 2010, so many washing machines rated as A, or better, that the EU was forced to introduce new ratings of A+, A++, and A+++ to keep up. Today, some manufacturers even make ‘super declarations’ like A+++ -65%, meaning the model is 65% better than the top rating! The EU has realised the current energy labelling system is no longer working as intended. Instead of driving efficiency gains, the labels have become a sales tool. They also ignore wider environmental issues which need to be addressed. It’s also become clear that some of the top performance ratings have been achieved using wash cycles which are rarely used in practice, and some which are not even available to consumers as standard wash programmes. The new rules aim to ensure that both testing and performance properly reflect how washing machines are used in the home. Getting a top rating Your washing machine uses more energy heating water than it does doing anything else during a wash cycle. In fact, 90% of all the energy used by a washing machine goes to heating the water. So, washing machines can appear to be more energy efficient simply by using cooler water. But, to get clothes acceptably clean when using lower temperatures, they must be washed for longer. In testing, five or six hour wash cycles (in some cases longer) have become common for manufacturers aiming for the highest energy efficiency performance. What’s more, when we do the laundry at home, washing machines rarely achieve the stated water temperature. The new labelling rules address these issues in two important ways: There will be maximum time limits imposed on wash cycles, depending on machine size and how full you fill the drum Machines must reach and maintain the stated water temperature for at least 5 minutes To ensure this happens, every washing machine must have a new, mandatory, wash programme called Eco 40-60. This will be the cycle used for testing AND it will be the default programme when you first switch on the washing machine at home. It will also be the ONLY programme on the machine that can be called “Eco.” The tests recognise two other important changes in our washing machines and how we use them: We are buying bigger washing machines with greater drum capacities We tend to fill our machines with fewer clothes, washing more frequently with half and quarter-full loads (partly because this ensures the best wash outcome) The EU is putting much more emphasis on these smaller wash loads, and the maximum wash times are directly connected to how much we wash. For example: A full load in a 10kg [capacity] machine will have a maximum wash time of just under 4 hours, while a 6kg [capacity] machine washing a quarter-full load, must take no longer than 2 hours 36 minutes The amount of water a machine uses is also capped relative to its capacity. For example: A 5kg capacity machine will be able to use a maximum of 8.3 litres of water per kilogram of laundry while a 13kg capacity machine will be allowed a maximum of 4.6 litres of water per kilo of washing Other changes include: The new labels will feature a QR code which shoppers can scan to access more detailed information They will include details about how well the machine spin dries your clothes - how wet they are when they come out of the machine - and noise levels during spinning Wash programmes that may have previously been called “normal”, “daily”, “standard” or “regular” will no longer be allowed to be called this as the EU felt it would draw people away from Eco cycles All machines must have a 20°C cold wash cycle clearly identified on the programme selection While there is no information about detergent on the label, the user manual must have details about the best type of detergent and softener for each programme, the correct use of detergent, and the consequences of using too much... There is also an intention for us to keep our washing machines for longer. Therefore all manufacturers will have to make spare parts available, for each model, for a minimum of 10 years. WHAT THE NEW LABELS DON’T INCLUDE The new labels don't, however, tell you everything about a washing machine and its environmental credentials. Nor can they tell you how well a machine will wash your clothes, or how much it may damage them. For any machine to receive an efficiency label it must meet a minimum level of wash performance and rinsing. But the detergent used in machine testing is very powerful and would clean most things, regardless of the machinery or cycle used. A powerful detergent will hide differences in wash performance and potentially exacerbate any damage caused during washing, especially at 40°C. Clothes shrinking, fading and getting otherwise damaged in the wash have a huge environmental cost, shortening the life of garments and speeding up their journey to the trash. A cotton T-Shirt takes 2,700 litres of water to make... Imagine the environmental benefits of each one looking better and lasting longer because of a gentler, low temperature wash using less detergent? This needs to be an important consideration for the EU when it next revises the rules in 2024. One technology that does not feature in the new rules, but is very likely to be included in the future, is microfibre filtration. Microfibres which are released from our clothes when we wash them are polluting the environment, and are already found across the food chain. They are also inside us. Currently only France has legislated to mandate this technology in household washing machines. From 1st January 2025, all new washing machines sold in France must contain microfibre filtration. It’s highly likely this could be introduced at EU level, with implications for the UK too. AND THE COST? Perhaps the most immediate implication of introducing the new testing rules and efficiency labels could be the retail price of machines. Toughening the rules and testing process will mean that some entry-level washing machines will no longer meet even the lowest efficiency rating. Hardware will need to be upgraded, and made smarter, to keep pace with the rules. Much, if not all, of that cost might be passed on to consumers. That said, we will all make significant long-term savings in the cost of energy, water and detergent as a result. It is widely agreed that action must be taken to lessen our impact on the environment; to reduce carbon emissions and slow global warming, to minimise harmful emissions, and to protect our water resources for future generations. Huge environmental gains can be made by simple changes to the technologies we all use every day – like washing machines. There may be a small cost to pay for those advances today. But, they will help us all enjoy a long, healthy future in a secure and clean environment. [Sustainability, Technology, News]

Washing Machine Energy Labels Are Changing. Why?

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Xeros has sent hundreds of clothes to The Hope Foundation, helping children who’ve lost families. Xeros has sent more than 100kg of clothing to an African charity supporting children who’ve lost their families. The clothing package, which was sent in January, is the latest donation from Xeros to The Hope Foundation in Kinshasa, the Capital city of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Foundation was set up by Awezaye Lushombo in 2018 to help women who had been widowed. But the charity has grown rapidly to support children who’ve been orphaned and left living in poverty and, more broadly, people who don’t have the means to support themselves. Awezaye Lushombo, who established The Hope Foundation said: I believe that helping people who are less fortunate is the greatest investment one could ever accomplish. With limited resources to help those in need, I feared about financial hardship. But, along the way I have had the opportunity to meet kind and compassionate donors such as Xeros. Every month, Xeros buys a considerable number of new clothes and other textiles which it uses to test its sustainable laundry technologies. For the last three years, Xeros has been donating clothes to The Hope Foundation along with other donations from the company and members of staff. Awezaye Lushombo continues: With its donations, Xeros has supported my vision for the last three years. They have helped me provide clothes for children who’ve lost everything, as well as feed and support widows and others who can no longer provide for themselves. They have shown us extreme kindness and continue to do so. Mark Nichols, CEO Xeros added: When we’re out shopping for new clothes or putting on the laundry at home it’s easy to forget that there are people who can’t do the simple things that many of us take for granted. It’s why Xeros is committed to supporting The Hope Foundation, which provides vital support to those who, through no fault of their own, can’t completely support themselves. We thank and congratulate The Hope Foundation for making a real, positive difference to the lives of women and children in Kinshasa.   [News]

Xeros Supports Orphaned Children in Africa

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XFiltra™ is easy to use and helps consumers cut microfibre and microplastic pollution in our oceans Xeros has taken the wraps off the product design of its innovative domestic washing machine filter, XFiltra, the leading solution in tackling microfibre pollution from laundry. Multiple patent applications have been filed covering the inventions within the device, which captures more than 90% of all microfibres (both synthetic and natural) that are released from clothes during wash cycles. XFiltra can now be easily integrated by all washing machine manufacturers, as a standard part, across their product ranges. This new design for home washing machines makes day-to-day use simple for consumers, with it's detergent drawer location making it easier to access and use than any other available solution. When XFiltra needs emptying, the process is as simple as disposing of fibres from tumble dryers - but with consumers never needing to touch them. The design is durable, recyclable and has no need for ongoing replacement parts. An industrial capacity XFiltra has already been developed with one of the world’s largest commercial laundry equipment companies and is expected to be released for commercial size machines in 2021. Microfibre and microplastic pollution released when washing clothes and textiles is a major environmental issue. Synthetic microfibres from laundry are a significant source of microplastic pollution. Together with microfibres from natural textiles, they are found everywhere in aquatic environments. Microfibres do not readily degrade. They easily enter our food chain by being eaten by plankton and other animals, potentially causing harm to wildlife and, possibly, us. Mark Nichols, CEO Xeros commented: When we began inventing a microfibre filtration system for washing machines it wasn't widely known that, when washed, our clothes release microfibres into the environment, including microplastics.   But a single load can rinse as many as 700,000 microfibres down the drain, with a significant number ending up directly in our rivers and oceans where they pose a threat to finely balanced ecosystems.   XFiltra's performance and usability are substantially better than any other solution currently available. This year, a prototype XFiltra device was shown, by researchers at the University of Plymouth, to be the most effective device at reducing the release of microfibres from laundry, to the environment. XFiltra captures more than 90% of all microfibres released during laundry cycles. It also meets or exceeds consumer expectations for microfibre filtration products, revealed in research by the University of Antwerp. Xeros expects XFiltra to be at the forefront of performance standards for microfibre filtration, currently being defined by the French government. This year, France became the first country in the world to pass legislation requiring all new domestic washing machines to have a microfibre filter fitted, as standard, from the beginning of 2025. Mark Nichols continues: Removing microfibres from washing machine wastewater by installing filters is the best and quickest route to making a major reduction in microfibre pollution created by our clothes. It is one of many things that need to happen.   Yarn and garment manufacturers have a role to play in developing and using fabrics that shed fewer fibres over their lifetime. Water companies also have a role to increase the rates of microfibre capture at treatment plants - although only 20% of the world's wastewater is treated before being discharged.   With XFiltra, we are helping the world see that with small changes and innovative technologies, it is both possible and realistic to make a major contribution to improving the sustainability of our planet. [XFiltra, News, Xeros Technologies]

Xeros Reveals Product Design For Domestic Washing Machine Filter

XFiltra™ is easy to use and helps consumers cut microfibre and microplastic pollution in our oceans...
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The order from ABA Group is the first application of the Company’s sustainable technologies in garment manufacturing Xeros technologies are to be used by one of the world's leading suppliers of denim garments, helping reduce the environmental impact of jeans sold through major high-street retailers. ABA Group is an important supplier to clothing brands including H&M, Zara and Next, producing 45 million garments a year - around 70% of which are denim. The order for Xeros' XOrb™ and XDrum™ denim finishing technology has been secured by Indian license partner Ramsons Garment Finishing Ltd. Under the deal, ABA will install 9 Xeros-enabled, Ramsons denim finishing machines at a new facility in Bangladesh. Each machine is up to 5,000 litres cubic capacity and able to process around 300 pairs of jeans at a time. The deal comes as the fashion industry faces increasing pressure to become more sustainable and reduce the environmental impact of clothing. More than one billion pairs of jeans are made every year consuming huge volumes of water during manufacture and home care, as well as energy and chemicals that generate harmful emissions. ABA is committed to embedding sustainable processes. It operates 4 LEED ('Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design') certified manufacturing facilities, helping the company achieve water savings of 53% and energy savings of 46%. The implementation of Xeros-enabled Ramsons machinery will further reduce water (up to 75%), energy and chemical use. It also removes the need to use pumice stone - traditionally a key ingredient in producing stonewashed denim finishes, which quickly degrades to a sludge. All finishing processes can be completed in one machine greatly improving productivity and profitability. Mark Nichols, CEO Xeros commented: Jeans are arguably the world's favourite item of clothing. But many of the processes by which they're made are unsustainable. Forward thinking companies like ABA Group are already addressing these issues and, together with Ramsons, we have created a landmark in the garment finishing industry - at a time when it is under pressure to improve environmental performance and reduce costs. Every pair of jeans exacts an environmental toll during manufacture, including high water consumption, and again when washed by consumers. Microfibres from their laundering are also to be found everywhere. Our mission is to change this dramatically for all the garments in our world. This deal is an important step towards doing so. Sunder Belani, CEO Ramsons added: Xeros' technologies were one of the principle reasons for ABA Group selecting Ramsons to equip their new denim finishing operations. ABA, who operate to the highest environmental standards, are one of the largest apparel manufacturers in Bangladesh supplying global leaders in the fashion industry. We expect our partnership with Xeros to generate further orders in South Asia, which is one of the world's largest centres for garment production.   [News]

Xeros Denim Finishing Technology Adopted by Major Garment Manufacturer

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Xeros named one of 50 'Global Stars of Sustainable Textiles' by leading industry publication, Apparel Insider Xeros Technology Group has been identified as a leading company in the field of sustainable textiles according to the industry publication, Apparel Insider. Xeros features as one of 50 companies in the special publication “Global Stars of Sustainable Textiles” which was produced to capture a picture of an apparel industry in the throes of positive change, driven by an imperative to become more sustainable. The fashion industry is often identified as one of the most environmentally damaging, with many types of garments consuming vast amounts of water and chemicals whilst producing harmful emissions of greenhouse gasses and microplastics. More is happening now in textile innovation than at any time in history, largely due to so much money being ploughed into sustainability. The world of fashion and apparel needs these innovative new ideas like never before and needs them to be scaled. Brett Matthews, Editor of Apparel Insider Xeros’ innovative technologies help improve the sustainability of the clothes we wear by reducing the amount of water, chemistry and energy used during their manufacture and afterwards when they are laundered at home or in commercial laundries. They also extend their life and reduce harmful emissions including microfibres. Speaking about the launch of the special publication, Mark Nichols, Xeros Chief Executive, said: The resources consumed during the lifetime of the garments we wear is unacceptably high given our fast-growing population and rapidly shrinking natural resources. New technologies being developed by enterprises such as the Global Stars, identified by Apparel Insider, are essential to reduce the impact of the clothes we wear on our shared environment. The scale and speed at which we must adopt these new solutions must accelerate if we are to clothe the world without destroying it. Mark Nichols, Xeros CEO   Xeros Technologies in the Textiles Industry This year, Xeros signed an agreement to licence its denim finishing technology with one of India’s leading apparel equipment manufacturers, Ramsons. In denim finishing, Xeros reduces water, energy and chemical use whilst also removing the need to use pumice stone in producing authentic stonewash finishes. The Company is already licencing its technologies in domestic and commercial laundry and Xeros recently signed its first development agreement for the microfibre filtration technology, XFiltra. [Sustainability, News, Apparel, Publications, Commercial Progress]

Xeros Named Textiles Sustainability Star by Apparel Insider

Xeros named one of 50 'Global Stars of Sustainable Textiles' by leading industry publication,...
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Xeros Technologies is hiring! We have two exciting opportunities for the right person to join our team - for more information and to apply for these vacancies, please visit the links below: Junior Design Engineer Product Application Technician Please apply on the links above, and not via our Contact page. Both roles are based at our Catcliffe, UK, Xeros Technology Centre.  Xeros is an equal opportunity employer and believes that diversity is vital to success. [News, Vacancies, Recruitment]

New Xeros Job Vacancies - August 2020

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The in-machine filtration device from Xeros captures more microfibres than any other device XFiltra, the innovative washing machine filtration technology from Xeros - designed to prevent the release of microplastics from laundry - has been independently verified by scientists at the University of Plymouth as the leading device for reducing the number of microfibres released from washing machines. XFiltra, was tested by Dr Imogen Napper at the University’s International Marine Litter Research Unit, alongside products from other companies to measure their relative effectiveness at capturing microfibres, released from clothes during wash cycles, and preventing their subsequent release in wastewater.   The results show that XFiltra performed significantly better than all other products evaluated. The tests, which were designed to capture microfibres in a mixed wash of synthetic and synthetic/cotton blend garments, show that XFiltra captured 78% of microfibres released during each wash cycle. Similar independent tests conducted by Xeros on purely synthetic garments, show that XFiltra captures over 90% of the microplastic fibres released from them. The University of Plymouth report and test data have been peer reviewed and are published today in the journal Science of The Total Environment. Around 500,000 tonnes of microplastics flow into the world’s oceans every year from washing clothes and textiles containing synthetic fibres, accounting for 35% of all primary microplastics entering the ocean. Mark Nichols, CEO Xeros commented: The pollution of our rivers and oceans with discarded plastic waste is happening at an alarming rate. It’s harming wildlife and our precious and finely balanced ecosystems, with microplastics from washing our clothes being a significant source of contamination. XFiltra was developed with the objective of eliminating this form of pollution and with the belief that every household and commercial washing machine needs to be fitted with low cost, easy to use filtration. We’re delighted that the efficiency of our filtration technology has now been confirmed by independent researchers as a world leading solution which provides every washing machine manufacturer with the ability to make a major contribution to the sustainability of garment lifecycles and our planet. MARK NICHOLS, XEROS CEO   [Sustainability, News, Xeros Technologies, Video, consumer]

XFiltra™ Rated Best Microfibre Filter For Laundry

The in-machine filtration device from Xeros captures more microfibres than any other device...
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Licensing agreement with leading Asian OEM for garment finishing Xeros has signed a licensing agreement (‘agreement’) with Ramsons Garment Finishing Equipments PVT Ltd (‘Ramsons’), one of the largest garment finishing equipment suppliers in South Asia. The agreement provides Ramsons with an exclusive license for the manufacture and sale of Xeros-enabled garment finishing and dyeing equipment in South Asia. Under the terms of the agreement, Xeros will receive a royalty for each XDrum™ machine sold by Ramsons and a share of the multi-year annuity revenues, paid by the garment manufacturers, for the ongoing use of XOrbs™. The agreement allows for additional geographies to be added into the future. Denim finishing will be the first application to be commercialised under the agreement. Xeros and Ramsons are currently developing cycles on a 5,000 litre XDrum machine ahead of trials with major denim manufacturers. The first sales of machines are anticipated in the second half of 2020, albeit with limited revenue impact this year. About 1.2 billion pairs of jeans are manufactured globally every year with Xeros’ technology significantly reducing the volume of water, chemistry and cycle time used in the processing of raw denim jeans into consumer products. Mark Nichols, CEO of Xeros commented: "The process of making garments, and especially denim, is putting enormous pressure on our natural environment. It consumes vast amounts of water and other raw materials whilst producing chemical and greenhouse gas emissions. "Working together with Ramsons to embed our products in their garment finishing equipment, we have an opportunity to significantly improve the sustainability of the clothes we all wear. "This agreement is our first in apparel production and it validates our efforts to prove that our innovative technologies can have a significant impact in the sector." Protecting the earth’s natural resources and our precious environment is the mantra of sustainability. Across India and South Asia garment manufacturers are actively looking for new and innovative technologies to help us protect our environment, which is under extreme pressure from the effects of a changing climate. By embedding Xeros’ products in our equipment our clients will save water, energy and reduce harmful emissions. It represents the best option for sustainability. Sunder Belani, Managing Director Ramsons   [News, Apparel, Xeros Technologies, Commercial Progress]

Xeros Signs Licensing Agreement

Licensing agreement with leading Asian OEM for garment finishing Xeros has signed a licensing...
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Xeros signs first development agreement for microplastic filtration in commercial laundry Xeros has signed a Joint Development Agreement (‘JDA’) with a global leader in commercial laundry solutions, with the aim of incorporating the Company’s microplastic filtration system, XFiltra™, into their commercial washing machines. Washing textiles containing synthetic fibres, such as nylon or polyester, is a major source of microplastic pollution. Globally, it accounts for 35% of primary microplastics released into the oceans every year. As many as 700,000 microplastic fibres can be released in the wastewater from a single load of domestic laundry. Xeros’ patented filtration system, XFiltra removes up to 99% of these microplastic fibres from laundry effluent. The device lasts for the lifetime of the washing machine and does not use disposable filter cartridges. Xeros’ joint development partner aims to be the first company in the world to provide commercial laundries with washing machines fitted with microplastic filtration. Upon successful completion of the joint development, the JDA provides for the negotiation of a commercial agreement to license Xeros’ filtration technology in a number of geographies in exchange for royalties. This invisible form of plastic pollution is highly damaging to our environment and wildlife and is one of the ways in which microplastics are readily entering our food chain. Having developed our filtration solution over the last three years, we are delighted to be working with one of the world’s most respected and environmentally aware commercial laundry solution providers. We believe XFiltra to be the most effective product available, enabling companies and consumers to substantially reduce this form of microplastic pollution. Legislation currently being passed in various geographies will hasten and increasingly mandate adoption of in machine filtration in order to remove microplastics from washing machine effluent streams. Mark Nichols, Chief Executive Xeros   [News, Xeros Technologies, Filtration, Commercial Progress]

Microfibre Filter Development Agreement

Xeros signs first development agreement for microplastic filtration in commercial laundry Xeros has...
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New paper presents detailed analysis of how XFiltra™ can help prevent microfibres ending up in the world’s oceans Every year more than half a million tons of microfibres are released into the world's oceans from the simple act of washing our clothes. For the last three years Xeros has dedicated itself to preventing this by developing a cost-effective and highly efficient filtration system designed to be an integral part of any washing machine. Today, Xeros is publishing a paper on its work offering a summary of the issue and extent of microfibre pollution, plus a detailed assessment of XFiltra including the results of our in-house testing data. It’s now well known that washing our clothes generates tiny plastic fibres that end up in our rivers and oceans. It’s also well known that these fragments are present in our food and water supplies. With XFiltra, we have developed an effective and highly efficient way of preventing this from happening. We have chosen to take the wraps off XFiltra to be open and transparent about our solution. Today, not a single washing machine is manufactured with effective microfibre filtration. I hope that this paper will help convince manufacturers, retailers, brands, politicians and consumers of the need for change. Mark Nichols, CEO of Xeros Click this link to access a copy of Addressing Microplastic Pollution From Laundry [Sustainability, News, Xeros Technologies, Filtration, Blog, Publications]

Whitepaper | Tackling Microplastic Pollution From Laundry

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Xeros is recognised by the London Stock Exchange as contributing to the global ‘Green Economy’ Xeros Technology Group is among the first cohort of companies and funds to be awarded London Stock Exchange’s new Green Economy Mark. This new classification, introduced on 11 October 2019, has been created to highlight companies and investment funds listed on all segments of London Stock Exchange’s Main Market and AIM that are driving the global green economy. To qualify for the Green Economy Mark, companies and funds must generate 50% or more of their total annual revenues from products and services that contribute to the global green economy. The underlying methodology incorporates the Green Revenues data model developed by FTSE Russell. It provides a detailed taxonomy of environmental goods, products and services, and is designed to recognise both ‘pure-play’ green technology companies, as well as those across all industries that make significant contributions to the transition to a sustainable, low carbon economy. Mark Nichols, CEO Xeros said: “As our planet and its natural resources become increasingly stressed, businesses and consumers are turning to companies like ours to offer sustainable alternatives. Just 3.5% of companies listed in London have received this award from the Stock Exchange, which acknowledges the work we are doing to create products that help to protect the environment for future generations.” We’re delighted to announce the first group of companies and funds that are receiving the Green Economy Mark. There is growing investor demand for actionable climate and environment-related financial information, with global asset allocations to green and sustainable finance increasing each year. The launch of the Green Economy Mark underlines our commitment supporting issuers and investors in the transition to a greener economy. Nikhil Rathi, CEO, London Stock Exchange plc and Director, International Development, LSEG   [Sustainability, News, Xeros Technologies]

Xeros awarded London Stock Exchange Green Economy Mark

Xeros is recognised by the London Stock Exchange as contributing to the global ‘Green Economy’...
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Patent application for microfibre filtration in domestic washing machines published Xeros has announced that its patent application for microfibre filters suitable for domestic washing machines has been published by the World Intellectual Property Organization The device is trademarked XFiltra™ and its design can be licenced by any domestic washing machine manufacturer to drastically reduce microfibre pollution from the washing of clothes. Washing clothes containing synthetic fibres such as polyester and nylon has been identified as the single biggest source of primary microplastics released into the oceans every year with as many as 700,000 microfibres released into the environment from a single domestic wash cycle. XFiltra is the world’s first operationally effective and commercially viable filter to address this issue. As part of our objective to radically improve the sustainability of water intensive industries, we made a commitment in 2017 to the UN Ocean Conference that we would produce a solution to the issue of microplastic pollution from domestic laundry. XFiltra fulfils that commitment. XFiltra is a low-cost solution to one of today’s most pressing environmental issues: plastic pollution. XFiltra captures up to 99% of all microplastic particles shed from clothing during a domestic laundry cycle. Solving the issue of microplastic particles entering the environment from our clothes will require action at many points of the supply chain including washing machines. We are now engaged in meaningful discussions with washing machine manufacturers, retailers and clothing brands regarding XFiltra – this represents a giant step towards reducing the largest source of primary microplastic pollution in the ocean. Mark Nichols, CEO of Xeros   [News, Xeros Technologies, Filtration]

Microfibre Filtration Patent Published

Patent application for microfibre filtration in domestic washing machines published Xeros has...
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Joint Development Agreement secured with leading Hong Kong garment manufacturer Xeros Technology Group has signed a Joint Development Agreement (‘JDA’) with one of the world’s largest apparel makers to trial the Group’s sustainable, water-saving technologies in garment production. The Joint Development Agreement ('JDA') with Dongguan Crystal Knitting and Garment Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Crystal International Group Limited, the world's largest apparel maker by volume, marks the Company’s first agreement in textiles. The scope of the JDA is to prove the technical and commercial benefits of Xeros' proprietary XOrb™ and XDrum™ technologies in garment production. The development and testing programme is scheduled to complete before the end of 2019. If successful, the agreement allows for both parties to discuss commercialisation terms for the development and future deployment of Xeros' technologies across a broad range of products. We have now secured third party endorsement across all our three divisions - cleaning, tanning and now textiles. Today's announcement is a major milestone in the application of our technology in one of the world's largest water consuming industries. Almost every garment produced in the world is subject to finishing techniques which consume vast amounts of water as well as chemistry, producing significant amounts of effluent in the process. We expect our agreement with Crystal International to prove out, at scale, the considerable improvements in sustainability and cost delivered by our technologies and the multiple ways in which they can be applied in the production of garments. We expect to sign further agreements with leading garment manufacturers during 2019. Mark Nichols, Chief Executive of Xeros The announcement comes after Xeros signed an exclusive agreement to develop and license its domestic and commercial washing machine technologies to IFB Industries Limited ('IFB'), India's leading domestic appliance and commercial laundry equipment supplier in South Asia.   [News, Apparel, Xeros Technologies]

Xeros announces first textiles agreement

Joint Development Agreement secured with leading Hong Kong garment manufacturer Xeros Technology...
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10-year development and licencing agreement with IFB Industries for domestic and commercial washing machines Xeros Technology Group has signed a major development and licencing agreement with the Indian company IFB Industries to incorporate Xeros’ unique water-saving XOrb™ and XDrum™ technologies into a range of IFB’s domestic and commercial washing machines. IFB is the leading Indian company in the supply of both domestic appliances and commercial washing machines. The agreement is a major step for Xeros in commercialising its technologies and an exciting opportunity bringing Xeros technology to the domestic washing machine market. Full details of the announcement can be found here India is facing extreme water stress. A recent report suggested more than 600 million Indians face acute water shortages and 40% of the population will have “no access to drinking water” by 2030. This agreement with IFB is another major milestone in the commercialisation of our cleaning technologies.   IFB ’s capabilities and market reach make them a very strong commercialisation partner in a country where water demand is expected to increase by more than 60% over the next 30 years with some 80% of the current population already impacted by water scarcity.   With this agreement, IFB’s customers will be able to reduce water, detergent and energy consumption whilst simultaneously benefitting from improved cleaning performance and garment life extension. Mark Nichols, Chief Executive of Xeros   [Sustainability, Cleaning, News, Xeros Technologies]

Domestic and Commercial Laundry Deal Secured in India

10-year development and licencing agreement with IFB Industries for domestic and commercial washing...
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Commercial laundry system is the world's only washing machine awarded Environmentally Preferable Product status Xeros Technology Group has secured a prestigious environmental certification by SCS Global Services, a global leader in environmental and sustainability verification. The certification recognises Xeros’ commercial washing machine as an Environmentally Preferable Product, based on a life cycle assessment of the company’s 25kg machine, operated by Xeros’ commercial laundry business, Hydrofinity. Full details can be found here. To complete the assessment SCS Global evaluated the Xeros' Hydrofinity machine over more than 20,000 wash cycles, testing factors including: water use, energy demand and carbon emissions among other environmental impacts. The results showed that the Hydrofinity machine demonstrated better performance across the board including energy savings of up to 86 per cent (during the use stage) and water savings up to 63 per cent. The results of SCS Global’s certification is validation of the work we are doing to apply our innovative, sustainable technologies across our Hydrofinity business.   In a world where precious natural resources are becoming increasingly stressed, we can no longer accept conventional thinking about every-day, water and energy intensive processes such as laundry.   At Xeros we are committed to developing our innovative technologies to reimagine these processes and divert resources away from industrial processes to where they are needed most – people. Mark Nichols, Chief Executive Officer of Xeros Technology Group     [Sustainability, Cleaning, News, Xeros Technologies]

Xeros secures Environmentally Preferable Product certification

Commercial laundry system is the world's only washing machine awarded Environmentally Preferable...
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Xeros Technology Group welcomes publication of the Environmental Audit Committee’s final report into the sustainability of the fashion industry. Xeros Technology Group welcomes publication of the Environmental Audit Committee’s final report into the sustainability of the fashion industry. Xeros is pleased to see that the Committee has recognised the need to find a solution to the issue of microfibre pollution resulting from domestic laundry but is disappointed the committee has not gone further to embrace an immediate solution. In written evidence to the inquiry, Xeros recommended the committee should consider whether microfibre filters should be fitted as standard in all new washing machines as the quickest and most cost-effective solution to this form of pollution. But in today’s report the committee recommends the UK Government should facilitate collaboration between the fashion industry, water companies and washing machine manufacturers and take a lead on solving the problem of microfibre pollution. It’s good to see that the committee recognises the importance of tackling this unseen and potentially harmful form of plastic pollution.   However, it’s disappointing the committee has not taken this opportunity to embrace technologies, such as ours, which can offer an immediate solution and help consumers to stop unwittingly polluting the environment every time they turn on the washing machine.   Every week, UK households are potentially releasing more than 9 trillion plastic fibres into the environment just by washing their clothes. We cannot permit this level of pollution to continue while we wait for further research or for new fibres and textiles to come to market.   Technology exists to stop it. We are ready to work with Government and industry to demonstrate why filters in washing machines offer the quickest and most cost-effective solution to plastic pollution from our clothes. Mark Nichols, CEO Xeros Technology Group   [Sustainability, News, Apparel]

Xeros Responds To Environmental Audit Committee Report On Sustainable Fashion

Xeros Technology Group welcomes publication of the Environmental Audit Committee’s final report...
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MARKEN is the only independent service provider operating in coast-to-coast locations in North America to hold UL DQS ISO 9001:2015 registration and both UL NFPA 1851 and 1855 verification. Xeros Technology Group plc (AIM: XSG, 'Xeros', 'the Group'), the developer and provider of water saving technologies with multiple commercial applications, today announces that MARKEN, its North American high performance workwear business specialising in the cleaning, inspection and repair of firefighter’s personal protective equipment (‘PPE’), has become the only Independent Service Provider (‘ISP’) in North America to secure UL DQS ISO-9001:2015 registration, recognising the company’s highest standards of quality management. The UL DQS ISO-9001:2015 registration has been secured for each of MARKEN’S sites in North America: North Las Vegas, Nevada; Austell, Georgia; Medley, Florida and Corona, California. Additionally, MARKEN has become one of only a handful of ISPs to secure verification under both US National Fire Protection Association (‘NFPA’) 1851 and 1855 standards, covering structural, proximity and technical rescue PPE used by fire departments. The verifications allow MARKEN to clean, decontaminate, inspect and repair every element of a firefighter’s PPE such as jackets, trousers, boots and helmets, using Xeros’ unique, patented technologies. The welfare of the more than a million permanent and volunteer firefighters across the US is of paramount importance to us in developing MARKEN’s service offering. With serious concerns about how firefighters are repeatedly exposed to dangerous situations and toxic carcinogens while in the line of duty, it’s more important than ever to ensure their protective clothing and equipment is effectively cleaned, decontaminated and maintained to ensure it is kept in prime condition.   Securing ISO registration recognises that MARKEN is driving up standards across the US market for the cleaning and maintenance of firefighter’s clothing and specialist protective equipment. “With both ISO and NFPA verification, MARKEN is rapidly establishing a reputation as the market leader in the US for the cleaning and maintenance of firefighter PPE.   We are seeing considerable interest from fire departments across North America - acknowledging the clear benefits of MARKEN’s higher standards of operation and Xeros’ unique cleaning technologies in developing cost-effective and sustainable solutions for the cleaning and decontamination of firefighter PPE. Joey Beeman, General Manager of MARKEN MARKEN is the only service provider operating in coast-to-coast locations in North America to hold UL DQS ISO 9001:2015 registration and both UL NFPA 1851 and 1855 verification. [News, Xeros Technologies]

MARKEN establishes unique position in US firefighter PPE servicing market

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There is wide-spread public support to tackle the issue of plastic microfiber pollution in the world’s rivers and oceans, by fitting domestic washing machines with microfiber filters There is wide-spread public support to tackle the issue of plastic microfiber pollution in the world’s rivers and oceans, by fitting domestic washing machines with microfiber filters, according to a study commissioned by Xeros Technology Group, which specialises in making water-intensive industries more sustainable. Washing clothes containing synthetic fibres such as acrylic or polyester is now the single biggest source of microplastic pollution entering our oceans every year. Every time we wash clothes containing synthetic fibres, as many as 700,000 microscopic pieces, known as microfibers, come off and are released into the environment. Recent campaigns about microfiber pollution have focused on the fashion and textile industries, challenging them to address the issue by changing their sourcing and production processes. But a new study of more than 1,100 people in the UK by the global intelligence platform Streetbees, which was commissioned by Xeros, suggests that many people would prefer a different approach. When people were asked to say which potential solutions to microfiber pollution they would support, more people opted for fitting microfiber filters to new washing machines (82 per cent) than limiting the use of microfibers in clothing or avoiding buying clothes containing them. The survey also indicates that the majority want to see strong political direction on the issue, with 61 per cent of respondents ‘strongly agreeing’ and 29 per cent ‘slightly agreeing’ that governments should legislate to make microfiber filters mandatory in all new washing machines. Mark Nichols, Chief Executive Officer of Xeros Technology Group said: “Microfibers that come off our clothes are doing as much damage to the marine environment as plastic bags and discarded fishing gear. And every time we do a load of washing at home we are all unwittingly adding to microfiber pollution in the oceans. “Around the world, innovative companies are looking at possible solutions to microfiber pollution. Last year we made a commitment as part of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to develop a microfiber filtration system for domestic washing machines. Having done so and seen what is achievable, I believe that fitting filtration to all new washing machines would go a long way to addressing this urgent issue.” The survey by Streetbees also highlights how just how concerned people have become about plastic pollution, with more people identifying it as a serious and urgent environmental issue (92 per cent) ahead of other issues such as global warming, deforestation and over fishing. However, the study also suggests a need for more public education on how microfibers are contributing to the problem because more than half of respondents (58 per cent) did not know that washing clothes containing synthetic fibres resulted in plastic microfibers being released into the environment. And only a third of respondents (31 per cent) identified microfibers as a major source of plastic pollution in the oceans, far fewer than those identifying rubbish such as plastic bottles, straws and discarded fishing gear. The survey also found low levels of knowledge of the impact microfibers are having on humans with: 53 per cent not knowing that microfibers are entering the food chain after being ingested by plankton, and 57 per cent not aware of studies showing microfibers present in drinking water Mark Nichols continues: “With so many people concerned about the impact of microfiber pollution, and our survey indicating overwhelming public support for fitting microfiber filters to new washing machines as a potential solution, it’s imperative for politicians and industry to act now to help consumers make positive choices to tackle this unseen plastic pollution.” An infographic providing more information on XFiltra™ can be found here A video about microfibers pollution and washing machine filtration can be found here [1] https://portals.iucn.org/library/sites/library/files/documents/2017-002.pdf [2] https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/washing-clothes-releases-thousands-of-microplastic-particles-into-environment-study-shows [News, Xeros Technologies, Blog, consumer]

Study Finds Public Support for Microfiber Filters in Washing Machines

There is wide-spread public support to tackle the issue of plastic microfiber pollution in the...
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Anyone who is yet to wake up to the issue of plastic polluting our rivers and seas must have their head in the sand. Programmes such as Blue Planet and Drowning in Plastic have done a brilliant job of showing us the terrible damage being wrought on the environment by discarded plastic. Heartrending images of whales, seals, and dolphins caught in discarded fishing gear, or sea birds dying after eating plastic bottle tops and cigarette lighters, are enough to make us all want to do something to stop it. And this is just the plastic we can see. Every year, millions of tonnes of plastic flows freely into the world’s marine environments unseen. Many of us are familiar with microplastics and the damage they can cause. But the biggest source of microplastic pollution is our clothes: tiny pieces of synthetic fibres called microfibers. Article first published in City A.M 11.10.18 http://www.cityam.com/265309/laundry-biggest-source-microplastic-pollution-heres-we Clothing companies like Patagonia and researchers at the University of Plymouth have shown how – every time we wash clothes containing synthetic fibres such as nylon, polyester and acrylic – microscopic fibres break off and are released into the environment. This amounts to hundreds of thousands of fibres from each wash. Simply by doing our laundry, we are all, unwittingly, adding to the issue of plastic pollution. But just because we can’t see microfibers, doesn’t mean we can ignore them. Scientists have shown microfibers are already entering the food chain, ingested by plankton, and then eaten by fish and shellfish before finding their way to supermarket shelves. Recent campaigns about microfiber pollution have tended to focus attention on the fashion industry, urging manufacturers to switch to more sustainable textiles. This is part of the solution. But this issue is too serious for just one industry to solve. We must work together to find the most effective long-term solutions. Perhaps one of the easiest and most effective answers could be finding a way to stop microfibers getting from our washing machines into the sea. But most water treatment plants are not equipped to filter out such small fibres, and technology enabling them to do would be prohibitively expensive. Innovative companies are looking at how you can contain microfibers in your washing machine by putting all your clothes in a bag before they go in the wash. Others have designed items that go in the machine with the clothes to try and catch the microfibers as they come off. engineers at Xeros have developed a device that filters all the dirty water from the machine before it does down the drain, capturing more than 99 per cent of microfibers from your wash. Whatever the solution is to microfiber pollution, it needs to be as simple and cost-effective as possible for consumers. I believe that fitting filtration to all new washing machines will help immensely. Meanwhile, politicians must also address the environmental labelling of all new white-goods to make it fit-for-purpose. Consumers also need to be empowered to make informed choices about the full environmental impact of the goods that they buy. This government has shown its willingness to tackle plastic pollution. I applaud it for tackling issues, such single-use plastics and banning microbeads in cosmetics. But it urgently needs to address microfiber pollution from laundry, and help us all find a simple and effective solution to this critical issue. Cleaning up the world we share, and protecting it for future generations, is everyone’s responsibility. Article first published in City A.M 11.10.18 http://www.cityam.com/265309/laundry-biggest-source-microplastic-pollution-heres-we [News, Blog, consumer]

Laundry is the biggest source of microplastic pollution – here's how we tackle the issue

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