Daylesford Organic takes a fresh approach to laundry with new Miele equipment powered by biomass.

The Bamford family has been farming organically for over 45 years and 20 years ago, the team opened its first farm shop. Since then, the Daylesford Organic site in the Cotswolds has expanded to incorporate a spa, holiday cottages, a cookery school and more recently, a wellness club.

Sustainability is at the heart of Daylesford, and the business has set itself challenging targets to reduce its impact on the environment across areas including packaging, energy use, engagement with the local community, and partnering with sustainable suppliers. As well as over 2000 solar panels, Daylesford Organic has also installed a 910-kilowatt biomass boiler, which burns locally sourced wood chips to fulfil the farm site’s heat requirements. 

As the business continues to grow, the team wanted to bring all the laundry in-house and into one unit so they could more easily manage quality standards while saving on costs and cutting transport emissions. In line with the business’ core values, it was key that the new laundry solution was as sustainable as possible and capitalised on the energy produced from the biomass boiler.

The solution also needed to be reliable and durable enough to help Daylesford get through the 1000kg of washing generated each day and deliver the consistently high standards expected by their guests. 

Daylesford had been using Miele machines, supplied and maintained through approved partner, Gillman’s, for over 15 years. So, when it came to expanding the laundry, the decision to work with Miele and Gillman’s again was an easy one for Will; “We like to work with businesses and suppliers that have similar mindsets in the way they approach business and sustainability. We’ve been using Miele for 15 years it was important to us to keep that legacy alive, not only because of the aftercare we’ve been shown, but also because of its advancing technology, focus on developing more eco-friendly models, and the ability to connect the machines to our biomass boiler.”

To process the volume of laundry produced at Daylesford Organic each day, Gillman’s recommended 2 x 32kg washing machines, 2 x 24kg washing machines, and 4 x 32kg tumble dryers, two of which were the new Benchmark PDR944 vented dryers, which recycle pre-heated process air and boast low energy consumption.  

Since the installation, the team at Daylesford is better equipped to cope with demand and the features of the new machines also lend themselves well to Daylesford’s sustainability commitment.