Environment

To more effectively reduce our environmental impact we must examine every stage of our linen's life cycle to see where we can do better.

We have recognised a need to embed sustainable environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices into the operation of our business. With this in mind, we have identified the need to understand the environmental impact of our operations and supply chain (emissions, water and waste).

To better understand and measure our environmental impacts, we engaged EY to identify sources of GHG emissions, water use and waste generation within our operations and supply chain to establish a quantifiable environmental footprint.

The results of the assessment undertaken by EY are included below:

Environment Overview Statistics 2018/19

673.6k

Tonnes of CO2 emitted across all global supply*

42k

Million litres of water used across all global supply*

16.9k

Tonnes of waste produced across all global supply*

73.6

Kilograms of CO2 emitted throughout the lifecycle of a towel*

4,595

Litres of water used throughout the lifecycle of a towel*

1.85

Kilograms of waste produced throughout the lifecycle of a towel*

*Life cycle assessment (LCA) databases (predominantly ecoinvent) and available literature to obtain the necessary emissions, water and waste factors with assumptions to address data deficiencies and/or gaps.

As with all cradle to grave assessments, some assumptions have been made in assessing our own footprint. However, we are confident that the analysis provides an accurate snapshot of our current impact.

Change starts with knowing where we are now and setting clear goals for the future.

Taking a closer look.

In 2019, we commissioned EY to measure our cradle to grave, global carbon and water footprint. The figures in the table below highlight our footprint as it relates to the growing and manufacturing of fibres, the production of yarns (fabric and final product), the use of products by our customers, the processing of products at the end of their useful life and the energy, freight and packaging (across all stages of the production cycle).

Product Lifecycle Contributions

Emissions* Water* Waste*
From Cradle to Simba info 59.4% 77.9% 62.8%
From Cradle to Simba incorporates the production, manufacturing and transport to Simba’s warehousing.
Product Lifecycle Use info 39.2% 22.1% N/A
Lifecycle use is calculated based on a product’s estimated washes (100 commercial laundry washes) at an energy use (per wash per item) of 0.79kWh and water use (per wash per item) of 16 litres.
End of Life Treatment info 1.1% N/A 36.9%
At the end of functional life, textiles generally find their way to landfill. We are currently in the process of investigating circular technologies for future implementation as part of our long term goals.
*Life cycle assessment (LCA) databases (predominantly ecoinvent) and available literature to obtain the necessary emissions, water and waste factors with assumptions to address data deficiencies and/or gaps.
From Cradle to Simba 
59.4% 77.9% 62.8%

We are proud to work with suppliers who take environmental management seriously. Many of our suppliers:

Use solar and other renewable forms of energy to power their plants, thereby reducing the reliance on non-renewable energy sources; recycle 98% of water used in dyeing and finishing processes; are moving to plasma technology to eliminate water used in these processes altogether; have invested heavily in wastewater and effluent treatment to ensure no harmful chemicals are discharged into natural waterways or the drainage system.

Product Lifecycle Use 
39.2% 22.1% N/A

This relates to the water and energy used during laundering (washing and drying) of our textiles. We actively promote increased use of renewable energy sources in laundries to reduce GHG emissions. Our recent Life Cycle Assessment allows us to quantify and measure this reduction. We will continue to work with suppliers across our supply chain and throughout the extended user process to help accelerate the move towards renewable energy sources.

New technologies in laundry equipment have reduced overall water use and increased the use of recycled water. Emerging technologies, such as plasma technology, would allow for the cleaning of textiles without the use of water or dangerous chemicals.

End of Life Treatment 
1.1% N/A 36.9%

We are taking positive steps to reduce the amount of our product that ends up in landfill. Here’s what we’ve done so far:

Investing in R&D to create products and technologies that increase the life of linen; increasing the use of recycled polyester used in our current ranges; investing today in “circular economy” technologies that will one day allow the recycling of up to 80% of all fibres used in the manufacturing of linen.

Making our linen last longer with Simba Lab.

Moving to make less.

To move the dial and reduce our material use we are pioneering technologies and working with our customers to reduce the amount of linen they need. Through Simba Lab we are working tirelessly to make our linen last longer through better design.

25%

Longer Lifespan*

Independently tested, PolyCore Yarn Technology enhances commercial towels to offer more washes and last longer than regular commercial grade towels. It uses a unique ground yarn with an optimised core to provide a significant increase in strength of the towel.

20%

Less Linen Needed*

RFID is linen that talks, and when you listen, it will tell you when you have enough linen. It will tell you where you are losing linen and it will tell you the things you are doing that damages the linen and reduces its life. Our use cases show that when you act on what you have heard, the pool of linen you need to service the same number of beds reduces by 20%, and the individual life of each linen increases by 15%.

11%

Increased Linen Life*

The new binder developed by Simba and Oxford Technologies to improve the washing and ironing performance of our sheets, also provides greater protection for cotton fibres from the aggressive oxidising chemicals used in washing and the high temperatures used in ironing.

This improvement has also delivered significant environmental benefits. The improvement in ironing performance saves the energy and water used in washing and ironing, because sheets do not need to be rewashed and re-ironed to remove creases. The improved resistance to the treatment conditions in laundries means that the sheet will remain in use for longer, thus reducing the resource requirements to make new sheets and reducing the amount of old sheets being disposed of.

20%

Longer Lifespan*

Independent testing shows that cotton with 0% humidity is 20% weaker than cotton with 8% humidity. We continue to educate our customers on how to measure and calibrate their dryers correctly in order to increase the lifespan of our products.

*Calculations are estimates based on lifecycle modelling

Our goals for the future.

At Simba, we are very outcomes focused. As such we have set some ambitious goals to ensure we will continue to lead our industry sector in becoming a more sustainable company.

    Our goals for

    Twelve Months

  1. Educate 80% of our customer base on the use of RH meters in the calibration of their dryers.

  2. Convert 100% of our sheeting production to the new Simba Guard finish.

    Our goals for

    Three Years

  1. Launch Simba’s Science Based Target and publish on the SBTi website.

  2. 30% of the polyester used in all of our linen to be from recycled sources.

  3. 20% reduction in new linen purchases among our customers using RFID technology.

    Our goals for

    Ten Years

  1. Employ circular technology that retrieves linen from customers at the end of life, extracts all usable fibres and recycles these into new products.