Have you ever considered laundering your company’s PPE? Learn about the process of laundering PPE and how it could help your company save money and time.
Did you realize that you can launder your business’s PPE? Businesses spend millions annually replacing PPE that looks dirty but is actually in good condition. Choosing to launder your PPE can help you save big and help the environment at the same time.
Our clients save an average of 80% on PPE costs when partnering with our laundering services. If you’re interested in cutting your expenses, continue reading to learn about what types of PPE we launder, our laundering process, and more about how you could save.
What Types of PPE Can Be Laundered?
Now that you’re more familiar with PPE laundering and its benefits, you may be wondering if we cover your business’s PPE. Types of PPE we currently launder include:
We handle all types of aprons, from fire-resistant welding aprons to denim. It’s critical to launder your aprons on time—aprons degrade much faster when they’re in poor condition. If we handle your aprons before they reach this point we will dramatically lengthen their life cycles.
From welding sleeves to cut-resistant sleeves, we can handle it. Our laundering process will produce job-ready sleeves while taking unsafe sleeves out of commission. Keep your workers satisfied and secure with clean hand and arm protection.
We handle all types of jackets (including fire-resistant) at CLR. Fire-resistant welding jackets wear out over time but our laundering process will restore and return them good as new, and meeting all safety and ppe requirements.
We handle all variations of the safety vest. The primary reason that safety vests are thrown out is because of simple surface stains that interfere with their visibility. Send your safety vests over and we’ll keep them in circulation.
We handle a wide variety of gloves, including:
- High Impact
- PU Dipped
With over 100 million U.S. employees wearing work-place PPE, disposable gloves are a financial and environmental burden. Closed Loop Recycling (CLR) uses a proprietary glove laundering process. Our process is thorough and our quality check ensures that your PPE requirements are being met. Furthermore, we establish a set service schedule for each of our clients so you’ll have your gloves back on time.
Our Laundering Process:
Regardless of what PPE you send in, it all goes through our thorough, seven step process. We created this process to ensure that PPE we recycle meets our standards of quality and passes all PPE requirements that your business has. Your recycled products will be indistinguishable from PPE suppliers new products. Our process for laundering PPE is:
- Weigh. The first thing we do is weigh all of the products you send in so we’re able to take accurate measurements for pricing, waste diversion, and internal purposes.
- Sort. After getting accurate weight measurements, we separate and sort the PPE into our different systems.
- Clean. This is definitely the most intensive part of the process. Our minimal liquid discharge or MLD system keeps the process environmentally responsible, while our professional team of recyclers keeps your PPE clean and safe to use.
- Metal Detect. After cleaning we filter all of the products through our state-of-the-art metal detector. This ensures that we didn’t miss any metal flakes or pieces in the process of laundering PPE. This step is also essential in keeping your workers safe from the metal debris.
- Quality Check. At this point we inspect all PPE for quality control issues like rips, tears, and burns and decide if it is in good enough shape to send back. The majority of items are ready to roll after our cleaning process but we want to guarantee that all PPE is in excellent condition.
- Bundle. At this phase of the process we gather all related PPE items to bundle and repackage them for their return.
- Report. Our PPE processing report is then created where we show how much PPE was laundered vs. scrapped for all types of PPE, among other information. This report keeps you informed on the process and fills you in on the total amount of reused product so you’ve helped create.
How It Saves You Money
Now that you know what types of PPE we handle and what our process for laundering PPE looks like, we will explain how our process saves money. Our customers save an average of 80% on PPE costs—we’ll go through some examples to show why.
The Cost of Disposable Gloves
Imagine you run a manufacturing facility where PPE requirements state that workers must wear cut-resistant gloves. The average cost per pair of disposable gloves is $5.00—if you replace 100 employee’s pairs on a weekly basis you have a monthly cost of $4,000. The cost for recycling pairs would be significantly less.
Don’t Toss Out Those Safety Vests!
Safety vests have an average lifespan of 6 months if they are well taken care of. If you’re paying $10.00 per vest for 100 employees that’s an annual cost of $2,000. Instead of regularly replacing safety vests, send them to us and we’ll get them back into shape while saving you money.
Consider Closed Loop Recycling for Your PPE Laundering Needs
Laundering PPE doesn’t just save money, it helps the environment. Since we began our business we’ve reused nearly 2 million pounds of solids and 300,000 gallons of liquids. These figures motivate us to keep going. It’s often assumed that the ethical choice isn’t profitable—that is not the case when your partner with Closed Loop Recycling. We make ethics easy.
If you’re still unsure of our organization, look into our customer testimonials for proof of our success. We cover many industries and are open to recycling PPE that we have not mentioned above. If you have any other questions after this post, you can check out our FAQ page. Alternatively, please contact us—we offer free trial runs for our recycling programs. We put this system in place so you could see the financial difference laundering PPE makes first hand.