Textile services cycle for workwear
A worker whose employer rents his workwear from a textile service company can expect clean clothes (typically trousers/overalls, jacket and t-shirt) to be delivered to his workplace every week of the year, and his soiled garments to be collected for laundering.
To deliver workwear for one worker for one year, the textile services industry has a total carbon footprint of 46kg of CO2 emissions. This takes into account the full cycle of supplying and servicing the workwear. On average, this workwear will go through 47 laundering cycles before it needs to be replaced. By comparison, the environmental impact of supplying new workwear textiles is 22 higher than the impact of laundering these garments once.
For more details on the methodology use, please download the full report Assessment of the global warming potential of two textile services.