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This week marks a pivotal moment for companies, NGOs and scientists who are serious about tackling microfibre pollution from laundry. Earlier this week, the UK All-Party Parliamentary Group for Microplastics released a report calling on Westminster to pass legislation mandating microfibre filtration in all domestic and commercial washing machines by 2025.  And on Tuesday night we were honoured to join policy experts, leading academics and environmental NGOs at the report launch in Parliament. We even created a microfibre dinner that definitely looked better than it tasted... To highlight that microfibres from washing our clothes are heading for our seas, and our plates, we showcased a seafood menu made from microfibres collected from washing machines. The menu included oysters served with a side of bright red polyester and dyed cotton and the "food" was created by Kate Jenkins, a knitwear and crochet artist. How does washing clothes pollute the sea? Every year 280,000 tons of synthetic microfibres are released into the world’s ocean from the simple act of washing clothes. Plastic particles break off synthetic clothes and enter the oceans as wastewater (they are too small to be captured at wastewater plants). They make up 35% of all primary microplastics entering the oceans every year.   Alarmingly, just one load of laundry can release up to 700,000 microfibres and a synthetic fleece jacket releases an average of 1.7g of microfibres every time it's washed.  Recent studies have found microfibres reached even the most remote parts of the arctic. And are increasingly turning up in the food we eat, particularly seafood. It is estimated that we are eating 5 grams of microplastics per week, the equivalent of eating a credit card! You can read more on how to stop the microplastics in your clothes from polluting the ocean in one of our previous blogs.  Above image: Left to right, Nicky Amos, Director of Public Affairs at the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, Alberto Costa MP, Chair of the APPG for Microplastics, Rebecca Pow MP, Minister for the Environment, and Ann Jones, Chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes enjoying The Xeros Microfibre Dinner at the report launch in Parliament.  What's in the report? The APPG report draws on work done by the National Federation of Women’s Institutes which has campaigned on the issue of microfibre pollution. A NFWI report in 2018 found that UK households were doing around 68 million loads of laundry every week and releasing more than 9 trillion microfibres.  As well as requesting microfibre filtration in all domestic and commercial washing machines by 2025, the APPG report also calls for:  A Government-led awareness campaign to promote consumer behaviour change  A designated Minister for Plastics Pollution  An Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme for textiles by 2023  Above image: The All-Party Parliamentary Group's report on Microplastics. Ann Jones, Chair of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes said: This report is a clarion cry for action to turn the tide on the plastic pollution that is blighting our marine environments. Our own research found at least 9.4 trillion microplastic fibres could be released every week in the UK through the washing process. With every day that passes by, our rivers and seas are becoming more choked with plastic waste. The scale of the problem is huge, but the solutions are increasingly close at hand. By fitting filters to washing machines, making textile producers responsible for the waste their products create and appointing a Minister to bring Departments together we can make a huge difference. Mark Nichols, CEO of Xeros Technologies PLC shared his thoughts in the APPG's Press Release.  At Xeros we have long held that microfibre filtration must become mandatory in domestic and commercial washing machines and garment finishing equipment.   Our journey began with a very public commitment to the UN Oceans Conference to produce an effective filtration solution for washing machines. Since then, the issue of microfibre pollution in the environment and our precious oceans has grown exponentially.   The work of the NFWI in highlighting the issue of microfibre pollution caused by laundry helped bring this to the attention of the general public and, by extension, the work of the APPG on Microplastics is now bringing the matter to the attention of government and decision-makers who can make a real difference.   Effective microfibre filtration in washing machines is the quickest and most cost-effective way to mitigate the release of microplastic from laundry to aquatic environments. By calling for legislation in the UK, the APPG Microplastics is taking an important step towards making this a reality. Read more about our internal microfibre washing machine filter and how it helps consumers cut microfibre and microplastic pollution in our oceans, here. [Sustainability, Xeros Technologies, Filtration]

Politicians and Scientists Get Serious About Tackling Microfibre Pollution

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Have you ever considered how much water is used to make your clothes? It’s time to ask if it’s too much. To be honest, it probably isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you’re wardrobe shopping.  The elixir of life it may be, but not many of us stop to think how much water has been used to make our clothes or any other of our favourite things for that matter. We just buy them and enjoy them.  But water is being consumed in vast amounts by the fashion industry. As part of World Water Week perhaps we and the fashion industry should ask ourselves how we can reduce the water footprint of our clothes? Everything from growing cotton and producing other fibres to processes like dyeing and washing – including by you at home – add up to make the fashion industry the second-largest industrial user (and polluter) of water.  According to the UN one pair of jeans takes 7,500 litres of water to make – a number that includes the water used to grow the cotton, make the denim and get the product shop-ready.  To put that in context, the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organisation says that, for most people, 2 litres of water are sufficient for drinking every day. So that pair of jeans you just bought could contain the equivalent of about 10 years’ worth of drinking water for one person.  Water is perhaps our most precious resource. But every year we are extracting and consuming more. Rates of water extraction have more than doubled since the 1960s and, as the global population rises, demand for water is expected to increase by 30% by 2050.  Already a quarter of the world’s population is living in parts of the world facing extremely high levels of water stress. And many of these areas, places like India and China, also happen to be the places where many of our clothes are made.  Between 2010 and 2014 clothing production doubled and the number of garments bought by people rose by 60%. In this context, we need to consider whether the extraction and use of huge volumes of water, just to make clothes, is sustainable?  Sustainability is today’s buzzword. Brands everywhere are talking about how their products are being made more sustainably and protecting the planet.  For the fashion industry sustainability is the hottest collection right now. Claims are made about how ‘green’ this garment is or how much-recycled material has been used in its manufacture.  And this is great. But, there’s a problem.  The fashion industry isn’t always as transparent as it could be – especially when it comes to water.  Only 5% of 250 brands surveyed by Fashion Revolution, as part of their transparency index, disclosed the water footprint of the raw materials used to create their clothes.  Brands must do better.  This week, World Water Week is asking how we can create solutions to some of our biggest water challenges? For the fashion industry solutions already exist to reduce water use in garment manufacturing and others are being rapidly developed.  It is incumbent on them to do the right thing and implement these technologies across their supply chains. And they must be transparent on issues of sustainability.  As consumers, we can also play a part by exercising positive choices to spend our money with brands that are working towards genuinely sustainable fashion and which are transparent about the environmental impact of their products.  But, the most effective solution to the overuse of resources across the fashion industry is for fewer clothes to be made, better quality and longer-lasting garments to be produced and for us, as consumers, to shop less and to love the clothes we have for longer.  Again, solutions are being developed to help us do that with technologies that are gentler on our clothes when we wash them, extending their life and keeping them out of landfills.  Fashions change. But the amount of water available to us on earth does not. We must do everything we can, no matter how small it may be, to reduce our demand for it.  Thinking hard about what to put in your wardrobe isn’t a bad place to start.  Find out how Xeros Technologies can reduce the environmental impact of garment manufacturing by clicking below.  [Sustainability, Apparel, Xeros Technologies]

Why Fashion Must Turn Off The Taps

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The first IFB washing machines incorporating Xeros technology are performing well at a North Yorkshire Laundry A new, eco-friendly laundry is the first in the world to have three IFB commercial washing machines featuring XTendTM  technology installed. Pressed Laundry, located in a beautiful market town in England, service holiday lets, bed and breakfasts, country inns and pubs and other businesses in the Yorkshire Dales. As well as using eco-friendly laundry equipment, they deliver and collect linen and garments using electric vans.  Ralph Wellock, Owner of Pressed Laundry which opened in early 2021, chose machines featuring Xeros technology over the competition as he'd heard of the great environmental benefits.  We are continuing to find ways to be energy efficient and eco-friendly as a company so finding washing machines that would dramatically reduce our water, energy and detergent consumption was vital. As well as meeting the company's green credentials, high standards of cleaning and hygiene were high on Ralph's washing machine wish list. We want to be the best laundry in the North of England and Xeros will help us to achieve this. I am impressed with the wash quality, the machines tackle the toughest stains and pamper the linens so they will last for years to come.   I'm confident that these washing machines will help me deliver a better service to our customers. After being blown away by superior cleaning performance and operational savings these ultra-low water washing machines offer, Pressed Laundry decided to install three. The machines, each with a capacity of 38kg (84lb), are mostly used to wash towels, bedding, table cloths and napkins. Earlier this year, one of Pressed Laundry's customers had a tough red wine stain on some white table cloths for the team to remove. Ralph explained: A customer had a red wine disaster over the weekend but thanks to our Xeros-enabled washing machine, we managed to get the stain out with ease and have the linen looking as good as new. No soaking or bleaching was needed, in just one wash cycle the stubborn red wine stains had been completely removed.  Mike Ferrand, Managing Director of Commercial Products at Xeros Technology Group commented: We are thrilled that the first Xeros-enabled IFB washing machines are in a laundry that is as passionate about reducing the environmental demands of washing garments and fabrics as we are. We look forward to Pressed Laundry saving water, energy and money on utility bills whilst making linens and fabrics last longer and look better.   The findings from Pressed Laundry back up claims by the BTRA report earlier this year that Xeros-enabled washing machines produce better results and offer significant environmental benefits. The tests by BTRA show that washing machines equipped with Xeros technologies:  wash better: producing whiter whites and removing stains like blood, oils and makeup,  reduce both physical and chemical damage caused to fabrics during washing, resulting in less shrinkage and stronger textiles,  use less water, energy and detergent saving money and reducing harmful emissions. In testing, the Xeros-enabled machine used: 41% less water 36% less power 21% less detergent  IFB washing machines featuring Xeros technologies are available in several capacities and are ideal for dry cleaners, hotels, and spas and commercial laundries. Utilising award-winning patented polymer cleaning technology these washing machines reduce water consumption by up to 80%, and reduce energy and detergent usage by up to 50%, all while delivering a superior clean that is gentler on fabrics. Although this is the first install in the UK, there are many more lined up across the world over the coming months, we'll keep you posted! [Sustainability, Cleaning, Xeros Technologies]

New Xeros-enabled Washing Machines Excel At Removing Stubborn Stains

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How we are working to protect precious water resources  On 22nd March, we celebrate World Water Day - a global movement that raises awareness of the universal water crisis. We all have a water footprint; we all use large amounts every day. Many of us try to reduce our water use by having shorter showers or turning the tap off when brushing our teeth. But, many people don't realise that the majority of our water footprint doesn’t come from our taps - it comes from the things we buy and use every day. Books, furniture, cars, electronics all use huge amounts of water during their production. You may not know this but our clothes are one of the largest consumers of water on the planet. For years, what we wear has been using more than its fair share of water. THE AMOUNT OF WATER CONSUMED BY OUR CLOTHES IS JUST STAGGERING  Textiles production (including cotton farming) uses around 93 billion cubic metres of water annually. This is enough water to keep the combined populations of India and China hydrated for nearly 42 years1. These are countries that produce much of the world's cotton and today, have significant water stress in many areas. Beyond fibre production, the use of washing machines in apparel manufacturing is estimated to require an additional 20 billion cubic meters of water per year globally. Unless we find more ways to reduce our consumption, individually and collectively, the increasing pressure that we are putting on finite water resources will become unbearable. In many parts of the world, it already is.  Put simply, we have to use less water and stop polluting it. Keeping our clothes longer and buying less of them will help greatly. Putting water consumption information on garment price tags would really help consumers make good decisions.  MARK NICHOLS, CEO, XEROS TECHNOLOGY GROUP Encouragingly sustainability is an increasingly used mantra across almost all sectors, especially fashion. Understanding these impacts, many consumers are moving away from “fast fashion” - the mass-production of cheap clothing which is worn very few times and then thrown away. A recent article in CNN titled “The world is paying a high price for cheap clothes,” highlights how fast fashion is harming our planet. Shoppers are starting to embrace the growing movement of “slow fashion”, which focuses on sustainable materials and transparent, ethical labour and manufacturing. As consumers and industry look to reduce these impacts, they are seeking innovative solutions that protect the environment. Integrating Xeros' technologies in apparel production equipment means the environmental impact of the clothes produced is dramatically improved. Ramsons Garment Finishing Equipments PVT Ltd, the commercial partner of Xeros for garment finishing equipment in South Asia, explain why embedding these innovative technologies into their machines will have a significant impact on the fashion world. 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 technologies 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 Ramsons have installed Xeros-enabled machines into ABA Group's operations in Bangladesh. ABA are a supplier of clothing to international brands including American Eagle, H&M and Zara.  Water consumption in the Laundry World Laundry, an everyday chore, has a huge impact on the environment. Doing just 5 loads of washing per week in a modern domestic washing machine uses 13,000 litres of water2 in one year. This amount amplifies when you start thinking about laundry on a commercial scale. Water intensive sectors - hotels, commercial laundries, caterers - have been keen to cut their consumption for many years. Xeros have a water-friendly solution, which can reduce water use by up to 80 per cent. At the heart of these machines is XOrbTM Technology. Reusable, recyclable, and safe, XOrbs gently clean and protect clothes using less water and chemicals. They mix into the XDrumTM at the start of the wash and gently remove dirt and stains like tiny little hands. XOrbs also dramatically increase the life of garments and fabrics making them look much better for longer. When the wash cycle is completed, the XOrbs automatically go back inside the XDrum and are ready to be used again for your next wash. Georges, the commercial laundry partner of Xeros in France, specialise in the cleaning and maintenance of workwear. They have plenty of high-profile customers including SNCF, Renault Design and Air France and process the outfits of 25,000 employees using eleven Xeros-powered commercial washing machines. Karine Da Silva, Chairwoman of Georges, describes what water means to her. Almost a quarter of humanity lives in countries with physical water scarcity. And by 2030, that number could double. The world could face a lack of available water of about 2.700 billion cubic meters by 2030 with demand 40% higher than available. Our industrial laundry activity uses water as its primary resource. As we created Georges, it was essential to design a system that would allow us to save this natural and precious resource as much as we could. We chose Xeros-enabled washing machines to save up to 80% water for each cleaning cycle . By making this choice, we allow our customers to join Georges in the fight for water conservation and more generally in a CSR approach. Pollution from our Washing Machines As well as using less water, World Water Day is also an opportunity to acknowledge that washing machines contribute to polluting our rivers and oceans. Every time we wash our clothes, they shed hundreds of thousands of tiny fibres known as microfibres. Washing machines currently don't have filters to catch them, so they end up in wastewater. Globally, an estimated 500,000 tonnes of microfibres enter wastewater systems every year and around 280,000 tonnes escape to the marine environment. You can read more about microplastics and how to stop your clothes from polluting the ocean here. Again, Xeros has a practical solution to stop nearly all microfibres from getting into our seas. XFiltraTM, an innovative washing machine filtration technology, can now be easily integrated by all washing machine manufacturers. This filter is available for both domestic and commercial washing machines and is designed to be simple and easy to use. XFiltra has been identified as the most effective device at preventing microfibre release from washing machines Research conducted by the University of Plymouth tested six devices designed to capture microfibres: three washing machine filters plus laundry bags and balls, on mixed wash loads of synthetic and synthetic/cotton blend garments. The Xeros filter, which is designed to be installed in washing machines by manufacturers, performed best. The prototype XFiltra used in the study caught 78% of all microfibres but the latest generation XFiltra designs capture more than 90% of all microfibres. Read more about how Xeros captures more microfibres than any other device. What next? World Water Day is the perfect opportunity to consider where all the world’s water is going and where it should be going. It’s a moment to realise that safe drinking water belongs to thirsty people instead of the new garment that we may not need. It’s a moment to realise that doing laundry is contributing to plastic pollution in our oceans. Solving the water crisis is daunting and often the statistics are frightening. But the solution truly starts with us as individuals, and we can all play a part by simply buying fewer clothes and making the ones that we have last longer. Xeros and our partners are working together to help the world wear better.  Here’s what water means to more of our partners Jiangsu Sea-lion Machinery Co., Ltd is a market-leading manufacturer of commercial washing machines and laundry equipment in the Chinese market, and a commercial partner of Xeros. Aaron Zhang, Deputy General Manager, at Sea-Lion describes what water means to him.  We need water to live. Water is one of our basic living needs. Besides that, we need water almost in every aspect of daily life, like working, transportation and entertainment. As leaders in the laundry business, we advocate that customers and partners choose water-saving technologies. Our company develops products with energy-saving features. We work with our customers to meet their needs and those of our planet. Agemon Hightech Ecology is a licenced distributor of Xeros Technologies in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Manager, Tomáš Rolínek, explains what he does to conserve water, one of the rarest substances on Earth. Water is the basic essence of life. Without water, we would not be able to survive for more than 7 days. Water is simply a miracle.   Our company PROZAC stavebni is very close to modern technologies. Therefore, we decided to create its own division of water and energy-saving high-tech technologies - Agemon High Tech Ecology, which focusses on technologies that significantly save water and energy.   We are extremely proud that we have managed to establish cooperation with Xeros, which produces highly efficient industrial and at the same time ecological washing machines, which can save up to 80% water, 50% energy and 50% washing detergents.   In this case, it is 100% true that ecological high-tech technologies can also be highly beneficial and economical for individual companies. References: 1. An average person in India drinks 2.17 litres. The combined population of India and China is 2.81 billion. 2. A modern washing machine uses 50 litres of water per cycle [Sustainability, Cleaning, Apparel, Xeros Technologies, Filtration]

World Water Day: The Water Footprint of Your Clothes

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Xeros technology is being installed by a major denim manufacturer - a first step to greener jeans  Denim is arguably the world’s favourite fabric. Popularised by 19th century labourers requiring hard wearing garments, denim has been transformed from the original workman’s PPE to become a staple of the global fashion industry. Today, more than 1.2 billion pairs of jeans are sold every year. It’s thought the average woman has 7 pairs in her wardrobe, the average man, 6. But denim exacts a high toll on our environment. Every pair of jeans consumes a vast amounts of fresh water during production and manufacture. Harsh chemicals are used to produce fashionable looks like acid washes, generating harmful emissions, while the fabric itself releases microfibres into our oceans every time it’s washed. And because of this, the industry is under pressure to reduce the impact its products have on the environment. Thankfully, forward-thinking companies are working hard to change this, striving to produce denim in a more sustainable way. Two such companies, Ramsons Garment Finishing Equipments Ltd and ABA Group are valued partners of Xeros, adopting our sustainable technologies. Following a landmark deal between Ramsons and ABA, jeans made in Bangladesh and supplied to brands like H&M, Zara and America Eagle, will be made using our sustainable technologies, dramatically reducing their environmental footprint. Why Xeros? Having proven that our XOrb™ and XDrum™ technology can dramatically reduce water, chemistry and energy use, and lower emissions in laundry, we turned our attention to developing solutions for apparel manufacturing. Making clothes is a complicated business that involves many distinct and specialist techniques. But one common process that is used repeatedly in factories, is washing. Before finished garments can be shipped to stores around the world, the fabrics made to use them, and the finished garments themselves, are washed many times. Washing processes are also used in applying certain textile finishes. This is particularly important when it comes to denim. Raw denim is hard and stiff. But by applying special finishes, it is softened and made comfortable to wear and, crucially, achieves the all-important looks that consumers love. The most common of these is Stone Washing. Many of you will remember Levi’s TV commercial from the 1980s when a young man walks into an American laundrette, strips to put his jeans in the drum before tipping in a bag of stones. The classic stonewash look is achieved by washing jeans with lots and lots of stones. Pumice stone to be exact. All of which degrades to a sludge after just three or four washes and must be manually disposed of. XOrbs can be used to achieve the same stonewash effect, but without using stones, using around 75% less water, less chemistry and less energy. So, just as our technologies reduce the environmental impact of laundry, they can significantly improve sustainability in denim finishing. These were just some of the factors that convinced Ramsons and ABA of the benefits of Xeros technologies. WHY ABA? ABA Group is one of the largest manufacturers of finished garments in Bangladesh supplying many of our most familiar fashion brands. It makes 45 million garments every year and 70% of those are denim. It has long advocated sustainable processes and has already taken giant steps to improve environmental performance. Four of its manufacturing facilities are certified by the US Green Building Council as compliant with ‘LEED’ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). And to date the company has made water savings of 53%, energy savings of 46% and reduced its carbon footprint by 45%. The addition of Xeros technologies offers ABA even greater scope to improve these figures – and produce outstanding denim! Sunder Belani, Managing Director of Ramson said: “Xeros technologies were one of the principle reasons for ABA Group selecting Ramsons to equip their new denim finishing operation. “As one of the largest apparel manufacturers in Bangladesh, supplying global leaders in the fashion industry, ABA operates to the highest environmental standards.” SECURING THE DEAL For several months we have been producing sample products for ABA to demonstrate that we can deliver garments to the high quality required by ABA’s clients. This wasn’t easy during lockdown! Normally, our teams work side by side with our partners to ensure everything runs smoothly. This time however, working with Ramsons, which has the exclusive rights to use and distribute Xeros technologies in South Asia, and ABA, we managed to achieve the same thing, virtually. Thank goodness for Zoom! One of the samples we were asked to produce was a high fade / bleaching effect, like that sought by the leading High Street brands they supply. Historically, ABA has used a multi-stage, multi-machine process that involves pumice, abrasion, washing, bleaching, ozone, and acid washing. Not only were we able match the quality of the samples using our technologies, but we could complete the whole process in a single Ramsons machine, using significantly less water, energy and chemistry – reducing effluent emissions, saving time, improving productivity and reducing costs. The result is that ABA will install 9 Xeros-enabled Ramsons denim finishing machines in a brand-new ABA facility. Eight of the machines are 5,000 litre capacity each able to process up to 300 pairs of jeans at a time. GIANT STEPS The deal with ABA is an important step for us at Xeros. It marks the first time that our sustainable technologies will be used in the supply chains of the world’s leading fashion brands. It demonstrates too, to companies across the apparel manufacturing industry, that technologies exist that can help them meet, and go beyond, tough environmental and quality standards required by legislators and consumers alike. The order with ABA Group is a first step for Xeros into garment manufacturing. But it will be the first of many that help us take a giant step towards achieving more sustainable clothing for all. If you would like to find out more about how we are applying our technologies in the apparel sector, or if you are a garment manufacturer looking for sustainable solutions, please get in touch using our contact form. Mike Ferrand Managing Director, Commercial Products     [Sustainability, Case Studies, Apparel, Xeros Technologies, Blog, Commercial Progress]

Mike Ferrand: How Xeros Is Making Your Blue Jeans, Green

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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

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Jamie Harrison, Licensing Director for Commercial Products, tells us how Xeros is making sustainable commercial laundry possible: Low-water, high efficiency washing machines have been changing the landscape of the commercial laundry world for the last 5 years. Increasing awareness of scarce, finite resources like water and a desire to reduce our collective impact on the environment has driven a move towards more efficient equipment. Xeros-enabled washing machines featuring cutting-edge XOrbTM and XDrumTM technology are currently hard at work in commercial laundries, dry cleaners and hotels around the world - including leading chains such as Marriott, Hilton and IHG. Many of these establishments are so impressed by the results and savings delivered by this sustainable solution that they quickly come back for more. One innovative cleaning service, Georges SAS, in France has 11! Last year – 24th June 2019 to be exact - these washing machines collectively reached an amazing milestone, having helped Xeros-enabled equipment users save 1 billion litres of water! New Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) Partner Licensing Model Launched to Meet Demand We’ve proven that our technologies save water, energy and chemistry whilst providing a superior wash quality. But we don’t want to make washing machines – manufacturers do that brilliantly and in huge volumes already! So, we have set up an OEM Partner Licensing Model. This means that, for the first time, manufacturers can easily integrate Xeros technology into their washing machines - allowing them to be more sustainable whilst providing an even better wash performance. Partnering with manufacturers around the world brings sustainable laundry to a wider audience in a shorter timeframe, and it means that laundry operators can continue to invest in the recognised machinery brand names with which they have built lasting, trusted relationships. At Xeros, we believe eco-friendly washing machines should be easily accessible for all. The Technology of Choice for World-Leading OEMs   A number of manufacturers across the globe have already signed licencing agreements to incorporate our unique water-saving XOrb and XDrum technologies. The biggest commercial washing machine manufacturers in both India and China have signed up, allowing their machines to use up to 60% less water and up to 50% less energy than conventional washing machines. IFB Industries in India In March 2020, IFB Industries Ltd launched their innovative, Xeros-enabled commercial laundry machines at the AAHAR - International Food & Hospitality Fair 2020 in Delhi. India is facing a major water crisis. Estimates suggest that 40% of the population will have no access to drinking water by 2030. The IFB team are taking the reality of this crisis seriously, and we are proud to be supporting them with the integration of our highly effective water-saving technology. Image: The first machine manufactured by our partner IFB Industries Ltd with Xeros and IFB team members Read more about our partnership with IFB Industries Ltd. Sea-Lion in China Sea-Lion officially launched their commercial washing machines featuring XOrb and XDrum technology at Texcare Asia 2019 - the main event in Asia for the laundry, dry cleaning and textile services industry. Sea-Lion is a market leading manufacturer of commercial washing machines and laundry equipment in the Chinese market. We are honoured to have worked closely with them since 2013 as the exclusive manufacturer of Xeros’ commercial washing machines in China. Image: A Xeros-enabled washing machine manufactured by Sea-Lion at TexCare Asia 2019.  Read more about our partnership with Sea-Lion. Benefits for becoming an OEM Partner Differentiate yourself from the competition By simply fitting our XDrum technology into your own machines, your customers could use up to 60% less water - which also means less energy and chemicals are used. Embrace change and upgrade to the latest technology to stand out from competitors. Minimise the upfront cost of design Developed by industry-leading scientists and engineers, our technologies have been proven in many countries around the globe over the past 10 years. Our experience and industry knowledge makes the process of design and integration seamless. The whole process is supported by our experienced team making it quick and easy to adopt our innovative solutions. Demonstrate an increasing commitment to sustainability We’re focussed on commercialising our technologies with manufacturers who share our dedication to protecting our planet’s precious natural resources. We’ve already proven our technology reduces risk for prospective partners and allows them to clearly demonstrate their sustainability credentials to potential customers who increasingly care about their own environmental footprint. How to become an OEM Partner Partnering with Xeros is a simple process. If you're interested in finding out more about becoming a partner for either commercial laundry or garment manufacturing, please email me or use our contact form and we’ll get in touch to discuss next steps. (If you're interested in partnering with Xeros for any other application, including domestic laundry and microplastic filtration, please use our contact form) Jamie Harrison, Licensing Director, Commercial Products [Sustainability, Cleaning, Xeros Technologies]

Technology Licensing Makes Sustainable Commercial Laundry Accessible for All

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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

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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

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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

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Xeros process makes blue jeans greener Denim is one of the world’s most popular fabrics and with more than one billion pairs of jeans produced ever year, they’re one of our favourite garments. But our love of denim is putting enormous pressure on the environment consuming vast quantities of water, chemicals, energy and, for those who prefer a stonewashed look, pumice stone. The world’s biggest denim manufacturers use hundreds of tonnes of pumice every month, most of which will only last for two or three process cycles before it requires disposal, often to landfill. READ HOW XEROS IMPROVES THE SUSTAINABILITY & ECONOMICS OF DENIM FINISHING New technologies, including those developed by Xeros are emerging to address resource consumption and lessen the environmental impact of our jeans. Mark Nichols, CEO of Xeros says: "Improving the sustainability of the clothes we wear is no longer an option; it is an imperative. Without major changes in the way denim garments are made, the pressure on our environment will simply become intolerable." The application of Xeros’ products to denim finishing significantly reduces consumption of water, chemistry and energy and replaces pumice stone completely. Mark Nichols continues: “We understand that the industry is highly competitive and consumers are reluctant to pay more for sustainability. We have designed our products with industry leaders to help them achieve their objectives to improve sustainability without compromising on either cost or quality.” This week Xeros, together with Ramsons Garment Finishing Equipments Ltd will be showcasing our denim finishing solutions to major garment manufacturers in India at Garment Technology Expo and again in February at the Dhaka International Textile and Garment Machinery Exhibition. For more information please contact us at: enquiries@xerostech.com [Sustainability, Apparel, Xeros Technologies, Blog, Publications]

Brochure | Improving Sustainability in Denim Finishing

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Over 5 years Xeros has saved 887,275,729 litres of water To mark World Water Day 2019, we have calculated how much water our XOrb™ technology has saved our commercial laundry customers. During the last five years, our near-waterless washing machines, which reduce water use by up to 80 per cent and are certified an Environmentally Preferable Product, have saved just over 887.2 MILLION litres of water – enough to keep the taps running for a year in 5,377 UK households or to power 148 million toilet flushes. A rapidly growing, increasingly urbanised population is causing extreme water-stress in many parts of the world. Globally, more than 844 million people do not have access to clean water and by 2050 one in four people will be affected by recurring water shortages. Even the UK could face water shortages within 25 years. So, it is more important than ever that we work to divert water away from industry and processes to where it is needed most, people. We are committed to creating a more sustainable planet and to protect and conserve one of our most precious resources – water. Read more about our core purpose and how we’re helping our commercial laundry customers save water.   [Sustainability, Cleaning, Xeros Technologies, Blog, consumer]

Xeros saves over 850 million litres of water

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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

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Xeros Technology Group plc is calling on UK politicians to consider measures to lessen the environmental impact of the fashion industry. Xeros Technology Group plc is calling on UK politicians to consider implementing measures to lessen the environmental impact of the fashion industry. In a written submission to the UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry, which is examining the resource use and water footprint of clothing and how levels of pollution can be reduced, Xeros is calling on MPs to consider how the company’s innovative technology could be used to support measures across the industry to lessen pollution and water consumption. Xeros is asking politicians to consider whether filters should be fitted to all new domestic washing machines, sold in the UK, to stem the flow of plastic microfibre pollution into the world’s rivers and oceans. The company also asks whether the environmental labelling used by manufacturers and retailers could be amended to include information about filtration and microfibre pollution to help consumers make better choices. Xeros has also presented MPs with evidence about how its technology can be used to significantly reduce the amount of water (energy and chemicals) used by textile manufacturers during garment production, and asked MPs to consider whether garment labelling could be amended to include information about water consumption, empowering consumers to make more informed choices. Xeros Technology Group’s written submission can be found here Full details and background to the UK Parliament Inquiry into the sustainability of the fashion industry can be found here [Sustainability, Xeros Technologies, Blog, consumer]

Xeros calls for action to lessen the environmental impact of clothing and laundry

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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

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As water shortages become more common around the world, the laundry industry is under pressure to reduce consumption of this precious resource and generally minimise its environmental impact. As water shortages become more common around the world, the laundry industry is under pressure to reduce consumption of this precious resource and generally minimise its environmental impact. When Johannesburg native Charl de Beer moved back to South Africa, he started a company aiming to rent out freshly laundered linens to the 18,000 Airbnb hosts in Cape Town. But then Cape Town experienced a water shortage crisis that threatened his business - his water costs quadrupled in a year. "If you're a business, that's catastrophic," he says. Fortunately for him he came across a new technology - polymer beads to replace water - that could apparently reduce the amount of water laundry uses by up to 80%. British tech firm Xeros had started selling these specially designed washing machines, under the name Hydrofinity, on the back of scientific research from the UK's University of Leeds. Nylon polymers "have an inherent polarity that attracts stains" and can replace most water in a laundry cycle, says Stephen Burkinshaw, chair of textile chemistry at the university. After you put in your laundry, the drum adds about 23,000 small recyclable polymer spheres - which the company calls XOrbs - with a total weight around 6kg, plus a cup of water and detergent. The spheres absorb the stains, then get collected through the drum, and afterwards are stored behind it to be reused next time. The household machine uses 50% less water than a conventional washing machine, while the commercial version, which uses 70,000 spheres weighing 20kg, uses 80% less. Mr de Beer offered to distribute their washing machines in South Africa, just so he could buy them himself. A single industrial-sized 25kg machine running 14 cycles a day can save two million litres of water each year, he says. And "in Cape Town, that saves 177,500 rand (£9,641; $12,547)". Washing machine makers can integrate the technology "very, very simply" into their products, says Mark Nichols, chief executive of Xeros Technology Group. Xeros is currently working on licensing its technology to seven global washing machine makers, Mr Nichols says, and its machines are being adopted by hotels in dry countries such as the United Arab Emirates. Water intensive sectors - think hotels, hospitals, caterers that do a lot of laundry - have been keen to cut their consumption for many years. For example, California-based Mission Linen Supply, a uniforms and linen services company, says it saved 141 million gallons of water in 2017, earning it a "Water Hero" award from the drought-affected City of Santa Barbara. During a busy week in the summer months the business can process up to 77,000kg of uniforms, towels and linens, the company says, making water saving a prime business, as well as environmental, objective. Over the years it has refined a system for recycling and reusing rinse water, reducing consumption to roughly half that of a typical domestic washing machine. The company also treats the waste water before sending it back into the city supply. Meanwhile, other companies are developing ways to clean clothes with hardly any water at all. Consumer goods giant Unilever, for example, has produced a spray called Day2 that works like dry shampoo, designed to refresh those clothes that lie around on the floor on on the back of a chair but aren't really that dirty at all. It won't work for muddy socks, says Clare Dolan, Unilever's chief executive for Day2 and global water innovation director, but for shirts, say, "it eats odours, leaves fibres soft, smooths out the wrinkles, and freshen clothes to wear again, without washing them". One bottle of the spray can save 60 litres of water, she says. And Swiss start-up Dolfi has come up with a device that cleans delicate fabrics using ultrasound to agitate a small amount of water and detergent. Despite its misleading name, the dry cleaning industry also uses a lot of water - used in the form of steam - not to mention potential carcinogens like the solvent perchloroethylene, or perc for short. But in the last five years, technological improvements have meant water and biodegradable detergents and conditioners can clean "dry clean only" garments made from wool, silk, or suede, says Nick Harris, managing director of VClean Life. VClean recently launched a "wet cleaning" factory in Watford, Hertfordshire, that "weighs clothes and works out exactly how much water is necessary", says Mr Harris. And the boiler water used to make steam is recycled. Dry cleaning is more efficient with larger loads, says Mr Harris, so it will be cheaper for small family-owned dry cleaners to send garments to a large factory like his than to clean them themselves. VClean plans to launch 24-hour "drop off and collect" vending machines throughout London. Back in Cape Town, tourists are becoming "more and more discerning" about whether places they visit "are good stewards of the environment," says Mr de Beer. So hotels and restaurants that don't find new ways to conserve water in areas that are running dry may find their businesses being recycled. This story was first published on BBC News 5.10.18 - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-45711230 [Case Studies, Xeros Technologies, Blog]

Why the laundry industry is in a spin to save water

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XFiltra is an innovative new technology which can be integrated into any size washing machine to reduce the amount of microplastic fibres released with effluent by up to 99%. This prevents these potentially dangerous tiny particles from being consumed by plankton and entering our food chain, as well as being found in our drinking water.  [Sustainability, Xeros Technologies, Filtration, Infographics]

Infographic | XFiltra Microplastic Filtration

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