Clean Laundry. Clean Planet. Clean Slates.
Our triple-bottom line.
As a for-profit social enterprise, we make our impact possible by providing commercial laundry services to hotels and other businesses. We firmly believe that our mission and our business reinforce each other, with our investments in people and sustainbility making us a more efficient, reliable, trustworthy provider for our clients.
In the marketplace, we differentiate ourselves by focusing on customers that are poorly served by industrial laundries, especially hotels under 400 rooms and local businesses of all sizes.
We're bike cargo pioneers, working to prove that two (and three)-wheeled vehicles can be commercially-viable alternatives to trucks for urban freight -- since 2010, we've hauled millions of pounds of laundry on bikes. As we enter a new phase of our growth serving hotels, we've invested both in conventional transportation and custom-designed Truck Trikes for local hotel deliveries.
Beyond transportation, we've invested in leading edge technologies to conserve water and energy inside our plants.
We are inspired by a group of non-profit social enterprises, like Greyston Bakery (Yonkers), RecycleForce (Indianapolis) and Homeboy Industries (LA) that create second chances for people overcoming incarceration, homelessness, and other significant barriers to employment, which is a critical factor in combating recidivism and mass incarceration.
We set out to create opportunities for similar job seekers, but using a for-profit business as the vehicle. Our aspiration is both to create hundreds of second chance jobs ourselves, and impact how the whole private sector thinks about where to seek talent.
A Brief History
Founded in 2010
We were founded using a single bike and trailer for deliveries and a now-closed laundromat in West Philadelphia. We got our first customers by sending out an email to the neighborhood listserv and offering pickup and delivery service to local homes and businesses.
Proving It's Possible in Philly
Pretty quickly, we moved into new digs with highly efficient equipment and became a regular presence on the streets of Philadelphia. We began servicing fitness businesses, salons, gyms, bed and breakfasts, restaurants, and of course hundreds of homes. We literally hauled millions of pounds of laundry by bike through summer, winter, and everything in between.
Expanding the Vision: Washington, DC
In 2013 and 2014, we took on outside investment for the first time to scale outside of Philadelphia, entering Washington DC after our management team literally biked there from Philadelphia. We also began serving larger and larger clients, like the US Veteran's Administration, the University of Pennsylvania, and others.
Next Step: Boston
In 2018, we opened our largest plant to date in the Boston area, dedicated to serving hotels, airlines, and other businesses throughout the Greater Boston area.