VClean Life looking for drycleaning partners to join their eco-revolution 21 Nov 2018

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Following the successful launch of VClean Life’s new 100 per cent eco-friendly facility in Watford, the company are now offering outsourced production to highstreet drycleaners who want to join the eco-revolution.

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The company have already been contacted by a number of drycleaning businesses who are keen to join forces and outsource their cleaning to reduce the impact traditional techniques have on the environment. VClean Life are now expanding their production and would like to talk with other like-minded cleaners who may be unable to invest in the latest machinery and technology, but still want to offer their customers an eco-friendly alternative and more effective service. 

VClean Life launched their 11,500 square foot green-cleaning facility in Watford in September. The multi-million pound VHub will be the first major facility in the UK to clean clothes using state-of-the-art green technology that uses mild, biodegradable detergents and outputs waste water that’s nearly pure enough to drink. 

The facility will start by serving over 200 new VDrop green-cleaning vending machines that will begin to appear over London and the South East. The first was installed at Epping station at the beginning of October and Transport for London (TfL) has plans to install them at a number of London Underground stations across the capital, including North Greenwich, Loughton, South Woodford and Woodford, with more to follow. 

The “drop-and-go” style vending machines will act as a gateway to the new green-cleaning revolution, enabling office workers to simply drop-off their dirties and pick up their clean clothes in 24 hours, at a cost of just £3 per garment. 

Over the coming months, VDrops will appear in major London office buildings and corporate blue chip sites such as global law, accountancy and banking firms. VDrops will be hitting the high streets in London, before rolling out nationally in 2019. 

VClean Life is the brainchild of Nick Harris, who formerly headed up operations at Aquascutum before founding a uniform and drycleaning business in 2001, which has now evolved to become VClean Life. Harris comments, “Over the many years that we’ve been in the drycleaning industry, we realised that convenience and low pricing were critical to business success, but that was at the expense of the environment. 

This had to change. We knew that greener options were available so we decided to bring genuine green cleaning to the masses. “Not only is VClean Life able to clean ecologically using state-of-the-ar t technology, with the creation of the VDrop machines, we are able to offer 24 hour convenience at a fraction of the price of the high street and laundry delivery services. 

The laundry sector has stayed stagnant for over 50 years and it’s time for change. We are the only company in the UK that can offer entirely 100 per cent environmentally friendly, large scale, garment care, which also includes recycling water throughout the cleaning process.” Technology is at the heart of the revolution. 

Office workers need to sign up online to receive their unique QR code, then use the QR at the VDrops to ‘book in’ their dirties. VClean Life’s fleet then pick up the garment(s) and deliver them to the facility, where they are cleaned using detergent that is milder than domestic cleaning products, before hand-finishing each item. 

VClean Life’s unique tracking system, which uses both cameras and soon RFID technology, enables customers to track the garments via mobile or online, before collecting them just 24 hours later.

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