Whilst Sleeping Bags has a range of environmental and social goals, our main aim has always been to reduce the amount of stuff going to landfill and dramatically change peoples’ perceptions of waste.
The opportunity to help meet these challenges first hit us when we found out about the availability of retired luxury hotel bed linen. In one year, the top 300 hotel chains condemn enough bed linen to go round the world twice if it was laid end to end. This was the moment the light went on, there was no turning back!
We always knew though, that in order to get to grips with something of this scale, we would need to build close working relationships with not only the hotels but also the companies who supply and launder their linen. That’s why we’re delighted to announce a new partnership with Sunlight Textile Services, the UK’s market leader in this area.
As well as a breath taking tour of their plant - the largest laundry in Europe, running 24 hours a day, cleaning and pressing 5 million pieces a week - Sleeping Bags are now receiving monthly deliveries of retired linen from Sunlight and working on a number of other initiatives together. It’s a truly exciting step in our development and we are looking forward to ensuring that Sunlight’s condemned stock leads a valuable second life as Sleeping Bags, rather than ending up in landfill.