The polymer bead washing system was recognised for its environmental innovation in commercial laundry as it represents a huge leap forward for sustainability in the industry. Using up to 80% less water than conventional washers, a Xeros machine uses millions of tiny polymer beads to remove stains from fabrics in the wash. This means that the Xeros system cuts water use by upwards of 80% for each wash load. On top of this, the system uses 50% less chemicals and 50% less energy compared with conventional washers, further adding to its green credentials.
There are huge business benefits to using Xeros too as it delivers an outstanding quality finish and improved stain removal with reduced processing time and 30% less operational costs.
Xeros faced stiff competition in its category, with Waterscan, R&W Civil Engineering, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Peel Tech and GRANULDISK all nominated.
This year, 75 finalists, including multinational organisations, industry consultants and energy professionals were jostling for the top prizes in 13 categories.
Opening the ceremony, edie editor Luke Nicholls said: “The E&E Awards are about recognising the success of the green economy, and celebrating all of you in this room who are really setting the standard when it comes to doing business better.
“The 75 shortlisted finalists have shifted from talking about sustainability and energy efficiency, to delivering it – at scale and at pace. The overall quality of entries up for consideration this year was truly remarkable."
The other big winners on the night included Cundall, scooping consultancy of the year, Dutch brewer Heineken UK with the Environment Product Innovation Award, fashion retailer Primark which earned the Environmental Initiative accolade and the National Trust which won the Onsite Energy Generation Award.
Now in their 17th year, these awards run alongside edie Live 2016, the leading energy, sustainability and resource efficiency exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham.