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GreenEarth Affiliate Making Noise in Bloomsburg, PA

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 10:25
The New Owners Of Bloomsburg Dry Cleaner Make Going Greener A Priority

(story by BloomUToday.com)

The new owners of a Bloomsburg dry cleaner have chosen to change the previous direction of Lapels Dry Cleaning and are making it more environmentally friendly by using a material like sand to clean clothes, rather than chemicals.

A pair of Berwick lawyers, Travis Petty and Nick Lutz, along with friends Angelo and Denise Venditti, purchased Lapels Dry Cleaning back in June. Petty said it was a fairly easy call to switch from chemicals to liquid silicone saying “we view it as not only as an investment in the community, but also in the Earth. If we don’t look at these sustainability issues now, we’re going to have a lot of problems.”

In September, officials with Green Earth Cleaning were at the store on Route 11 by, Dunkin Donuts, changing over the cleaning system to the greener option.

Green Earth Cleaning’s technical sales representative said the new liquid silicone cleaner lifts stains, oil and dirt from clothing, without using chemicals. One traditional dry-cleaning chemical, tetrachloroethylene, is considered a carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency.

With the new system, what’s left after the dry cleaning process is a putty-like clay or dirt that can be safely deposited back into the soil.

David Grippi, vice president of operations for Lapels, said his newer locations all use the Green Earth process, and other locations are being encouraged to switch over. “I know one of our locations that used it as pond soil, and another planted a tree in it,” he said of the clay leftovers.

Petty said Lapels now has a staff of seven that’s overseen by manager Megan Kiliti.

Lapels Dry Cleaning is hoping to add staff as the business grows and possibly expand into other markets, according to Petty.

See article here.

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Tips from a GreenEarth Affiliate on Caring for Delicate Garments

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 11:19
caring for delicate garmentsGive YOUR wedding gown the Meghan sparkle! As the duchess’ dress goes on display, Prince Charles’ dry cleaners reveal how you can keep YOUR nuptial garment in perfect pristine condition
  • Jeeves, a dry cleaning service that has worked for Prince Charles and his family for three decades, told Femail how to clean a wedding dress such as Meghan’s
  • While it isn’t officially known who cleaned Meghan’s custom Givenchy gown, the luxury dry cleaning service had plenty of tips on how to care for delicate pieces
  • A wedding dress should be inspected before the fabric is cleaned; experts will typically deconstruct elaborate gowns to clean various pieces separately
  • They spot-clean obvious stains and soap the hemline, which has often trailed on the ground, before putting the dress through a gentle cleaning program
  • At home, it is best to store a wedding gown away from direct sunlight and to protect it from humidity as well as moths

Preserving a wedding gown can be a tricky task — particularly when said wedding gown is as delicate as Meghan Markle‘s.

Jeeves, a ‘formal dry cleaning service’ that holds a Royal Warrant and has worked for Prince Charles and his family for three decades, told FEMAIL how to clean a wedding dress such as the duchess’, which is set to go on display for the public in October at Windsor Castle.

While it isn’t officially known who cleaned Meghan’s custom Givenchy gown, the luxury dry cleaning service, which has stores in London and New York, had plenty of tips to share on how to care for a dress like hers, from the moment the bride slips it off at the end of her wedding day to when it returns to her wardrobe for years to come.

 

Inspection

First, experts will thoroughly inspect the gown to familiarize themselves with its design and figure out how best to clean it.

‘Some gowns include instructions for cleaning (though we wouldn’t always follow these) but generally bespoke or couture gowns do not include instructions,’ the Jeeves expert told Femail.

‘We start by analyzing the fabric, trims, embellishments and the materials that provide structure and support to the gown.

‘This inspection process allows us to ascertain which elements of the dress need to be removed before we can start to clean the actual fabric. If the gown has any damage — rips or tears that could potentially be worsened in the cleaning process — we will repair them at this point.’

 

Deconstruction

Experts then take photos of the dress in order to keep images of what it looked like before it was cleaning.

Next, they remove any elements of the dress that could be easily damaged.

‘In most cases, this step will require us to remove beading and jewels,’ the expert said.

‘Often, the next step will be to deconstruct the dress into sections — for example the bodice and the skirt. We do this because we use different cleaning techniques to clean different sections of the gown.’

 

Cleaning

Once the gown has been taken apart, experts will begin by spot-cleaning the dress to remove any obvious stains.

‘This process is used for localized marks or stains such as champagne spillages or make-up marks,’ the expert explained.

‘Once we have spot-cleaned the dress, we will “soap down” the hemline, which is often soiled where it has trailed along the floor. This spot-cleaning and soaping down helps to lift any marks and soiling before the next step.

‘If we are dry-cleaning a specific section of the dress, this section will then be placed in a protective bag before going into a machine for a special wedding gown cleaning program which is very gentle to avoid any damage.’

However, experts typically can’t dry-clean an entire gown and usually hand-clean large sections of the design that are too delicate to be placed in a machine.

‘Lace sections such as the veil are always hand-cleaned,’ the expert added. ‘This is a painstaking process that is only completed by our senior technicians as it takes years to learn and a veil can be easily ruined in the wrong hands.

‘Once the gown and veil have been dry-cleaned or hand-cleaned, we repeat the process (including spot-cleaning and soaping down) until we are confident that our client will be thrilled with the results.’

Reconstruction

Once the gown is clean, it is ready to be put back together, beginning with the different sections of the dress.

That step is left to dressmakers and can several take days to complete.

Hand-finishing

After the dress has been fully reconstructed, experts use steam and other tools to remove any creases and return the gown to its original shape.

Any embellishments that were removed at the beginning of the cleaning process are then hand-sewn back onto the gown in their original places. That’s when the photos taken at the beginning of the operation come in handy, by helping experts put every detail back where it should be.

Packaging

The final step of the process is to return to the freshly-cleaned gown to its owner.

‘Our clients can choose to have their gown returned to them in a breathable bridal gown carrier, which can be hung straight in their wardrobe,’ the expert said.

‘However, given that most of our clients will only wear their gown once, we think the better option is for us to return it to them in a breathable box, with each layer being lined with acid-free tissue.

‘You can imagine that these boxes can get to quite an impressive size if the dress has a long train or is constructed from dense fabric.’

The entire cleaning process can take four to six weeks depending on the design of the dress.

 

Caring for a wedding gown at home

Once a wedding dress has been painstakingly cleaned and restored, it’s essential to make sure it’s properly stored so that it retains its impeccable condition.

That includes protecting it from direct sunlight, humidity, and moths.

‘Moths love warmth and humidity and mold thrives in the same conditions so be sure to store your gown in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight,’ the expert said.

‘Place anti-moth sachets nearby and refresh them once every few months to ensure it is protected against moths. We recommend Modelli or Acana as the best moth deterrents available. These can be purchased from many good dry cleaners or are available online.’

To those who would like to clean their wedding gown themselves rather than place it in the care of a specialized service, the expert said this is not recommended.

‘If you don’t believe us, ask your wedding gown designer or retailer,’ the expert added.

‘Given the complexity of the structure of a wedding gown and the embellishments that are often added to them, attempting to clean your gown yourself will more often than not end in disaster.’

Meghan has already been reunited with her own wedding gown, which is set to go on display on October 26 until January 6.

The duchess can be seen in a new documentary called Queen of the World seeing her dress and veil for the first time since her nuptials in May, in a visibly emotional moment.

The first part of the documentary aired on Tuesday in the UK, and the movie is scheduled to premiere on HBO on October 1 for US viewers.

Read full article here. 

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OXXO Care Cleaners® Rolls Out Franchise Business Conversion Program

Thu, 09/27/2018 - 10:10

Hollywood, FL, September 26, 2018— OXXO Care Cleaners® is bringing its innovative, GreenEarth® technologies to traditional mom and pop dry cleaners across the U.S. through their new Business Conversion Initiative. Conversions involve the replacement of contaminating chemicals, old-fashioned steam boilers, steam presses, and other outdated dry-cleaning equipment used by most American dry cleaners today with OXXO’s automated, fully electric equipment, such as the OXXO European Style Shirt Mannequin and ATM-style Drop Off and Pick Up Conveyor. Technology, storefronts and branding are completely revamped during the conversion process.

“Today, we announce OXXO’s support to improve dry cleaners and the environment in all of the communities in which we operate and in new communities throughout the country. During each process, everything old fashioned is gutted out and replaced with the same equipment a new franchise unit would have. Traditional store owners appreciate the benefits of OXXO’s 24/7-services coupled with the use of GreenEarth® products, innovative technologies, fully independent electric and automated equipment, European-style hand ironing quality for their customers,” said Salomon Mishaan, CEO of the OXXO Franchise.

One franchisee spearheaded the program by successfully converting his fourth Plant store into an OXXO. He is now currently finishing off the plant conversion in Doral, Florida. “During the conversion, the goal is to maintain the original customer base, and, in this case, we have actually grown the customer base because clients are seeing the change for the better take place. Stores can remain open throughout the process. Our goal is to convert cleaners across the country with a concentration in the Northeast, Central Florida, Texas, and Georgia. If a potential owner is in a region where there are no OXXO’s yet, we will build a plant to support it in their area, which is one of our program’s many incentives,” explains Mishaan.

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OXXO Doral (5241 NW 87th Ave, Doral, FL 33178) Storefront serving a nearby Traditional Plant Conversion

Traditional dry cleaners are taking notice of customers buying into the OXXO brand. OXXO has become known for being the most innovative dry-cleaning franchise in the United States today. A converted cleaner will benefit from the well-known OXXO brand and the support given during and after the conversion process, which encompasses training and all the same franchise benefits that a new store owner would have.

 

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Doral OXXO ATM Pick Up and Drop Off

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It’s tailgating time! But can we keep it green?

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 14:07
tailgating

 

Tailgating is one of America’s favorite pastimes and rightfully so! Tailgating brings communities together, encourages outdoor activity, and it’s just plain fun. There is one draw back, however; some of our tailgating traditions are simply horrible for the environment. Not to fret, there are steps tailgaters can take which will allow for full enjoyment of those weekend parking lot shenanigans, yet still honor dedication to a minimal carbon footprint. Follow these simple steps and achieve the ever so coveted Green Star Tailgater status.

Be like Aaron Rodgers, produce zero garbage

After every game, several thousand plastic cups, plates, utensils, etc., create a sea of trash.  Ditch the disposable products; it’s really not that hard. No one is asking anyone to pull out his or her finest china. Go and get some cheap, reusable, unbreakable dishes from literally ANY department store. Designate the set “tailgating supplies” and continue to use them every time a tailgating shindig comes up. It’ll save a lot of money in the long run too.

Recycle beer cans, like the Patriots recycle players

Of course it’s tough to avoid beer cans and/or bottles while tailgating. There will be beer; yes, there will be lots of beer. Save what must be thrown away in a trash bag and drop them off at the local recycling plant, or for most cities in the U.S., just leave it out near the sidewalk. Tailgaters can successfully party garbage free by using reusable products and recycling the rest. Challenge accepted?

Pick food choices carefully, like Richard Sherman picks passes!

Tailgaters have more sustainable food options than Kansas City Chiefs’ QB, Patrick Mahomes, has on Sunday. Purchase food in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging. Chip in with those tailgating accomplices–buy food in large quantities to save some green while going green. Make food from home, again using reusable containers for transporting–NO GARBAGE! Only buy food from stores sold in packaging that can be recycled, like paper. Root for the home team and buy local! Buying local supports the local economy and reduces emissions and packaging needed for transporting products from a greater distance. Lastly, propane is SO MUCH better than charcoal for grilling, is this really still a debate? Seriously, use propane.

Take Jerome Bettis

Take the bus! Reducing the number of vehicles on the road reduces congestion and air pollution, optimizing lung capacity, so fans can cheer on their team for all 4 quarters. Realizing, some tailgaters have a lot to carry with them, in which case, carpooling is another environmentally conscious option. Certainly the crew can optimize car space and minimize the number of cars.

Now go earn that Green Star Tailgater status!

By: Aaron Newport

 

 

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OXXO Care Cleaners Makes Its Mark in New Jersey

Tue, 09/11/2018 - 16:00

Fair Lawn and Short Hills, NJ, September 11, 2018— OXXO Care Cleaners® has paved the way for innovation as the first environmentally friendly garment cleaning franchise in the New Jersey metropolis to combine the use of GreenEarth® solvents on all dry clean garments, Top Terra ecological detergent for laundered garments,  hand ironing and 24/7 ATM-style service. New Jersey residents have recently shown an increasing interest in environmentally friendly practices. In fact, 65% of donations to Environment New Jersey, a citizen-based environmental advocacy project, were from citizens of New Jersey themselves. Today, OXXO announces the growth of its Fairlawn and Short Hills stores resulting from demand for OXXO’s 24/7-services coupled with the use of GreenEarth® products, innovative technologies, fully independent electric and automated equipment, and hand ironing for a detailed and beautiful look and comfortable feel.

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OXXO’s ATM-Style Pick Up and Drop Off brings total convenience to Fair Lawn, New Jersey customers.

“OXXO was founded with our “WE CARE” philosophy and commitment and we apply it to every aspect of our business. We care for our customer’s health, appearance, garments, the community, the environment and our employees,” said Salomon Mishaan, CEO of OXXO Care Cleaners.

Traditional dry cleaners in the U.S. have not innovated their process for at least 50 years. Most still work with antiquated equipment like steam presses originally built for the garment industry and they burn the customer’s garments. They also work with Perchloroethylene, a very contaminating chemical that leaves a stench and fades the colors. “At OXXO, we work with fully electric and automated equipment and the safest cleaning solvent. Instead of using the industry standard method of steam pressing, all OXXO Care Cleaners® garments are hand-ironed to provide a detailed and beautiful look and comfortable feel. Traditional steam pressing uses fossil fuel powered industrial steam boilers and it actually shortens the lifespan of customers’ garments. In addition, all garments are automatically sorted to avoid mistakes in the delivery or losing garments. This avoids extra handling, where garments can fall off of hangers and get wrinkled,” added Mishaan.

Traditional cleaners are taking notice.  “We are actually in the process of converting a mom and pop dry cleaner to an OXXO Care Cleaners in New Jersey. Customers in New Jersey have truly embraced our modern and efficient dry cleaning service and we are excited to continue to grow here,” said Mishaan.

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Facade of OXXO’s Fair Lawn store, located at 14-25 Plaza Rd, NJ 07410.


OXXO’s 24/7 service gives flexibility to customers with busy schedules. Many of OXXO’s New Jersey customers regularly use Fairlawn and Short Hills’ excellent pick-up and delivery services. OXXO’s Mobile App is popular among customers, which gives up-to-date information on the status of their orders. Terry K. Springfield said, “The cleaning is prompt and reliable. It’s ready when they say it will be. I’ve never had an issue with a missing garment.”


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OXXO’s equipment is fully electric and automated, lending to its reputation as the country’s most innovative dry cleaner.

Salomon Mishaan, CEO of OXXO said, “We are thrilled with the results of our New Jersey stores. We encourage anyone interested in becoming a successful business owner to reach out directly to us. We can then refer them to OXXO franchisees who will provide a first-hand testimonial of the simplicity of our process and the assistance we offer to our network to make the franchise opening experience seamless.”

Since launching the franchise in 2002, OXXO Care Cleaners® has expanded to 60 locations worldwide with a strong presence throughout the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States and Indonesia. 

OXXO Care Cleaners® has been awarding single and multi-unit opportunities in states across the Southeast, and Gulf and East Coast, including Texas, Georgia, New York, New Jersey and North Carolina, Boston, Chicago, Colorado, and abroad in South America and Indonesia.


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Entrance to the OXXO’s Short Hills store, located at 622 Morris Turnpike, NJ 07078.

 

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GreenEarth Network Makes The News In Singapore

Wed, 09/05/2018 - 11:29
Small Business Interview Series with For the Love of Laundry: Singapore’s Greenest Laundry Service For the Love of Laundry is a remarkable Singapore-based company. The business provides a top notch product that puts less of a strain on the natural and environment. We asked them some questions to find out what drives their business success and environmental mission.

Founded in 2011, For the Love of Laundry has made a point to offer high quality laundry services with minimal environmental impact. The business is 1 of 2 laundrettes in Singapore to use liquid silicone instead of perchloroethylene, a chemical that has been linked to cancer. By using liquid silicone, For the Love of Laundry is able to offer a laundry service that is both less damaging to its customers’ clothes and less harmful to the health of its employees and the environment. On top of that, the business incentivises customers to return plastic hangers for re-use by donating 5 cents per returned hanger to the Cambodian Children’s Fund, which is another indication that the business is committed to making a positive social impact. We interviewed For the Love of Laundry Learn to learn more about their journey to environmental and business success. Whether you are interested in environmentally sustainable businesses, social impact investing or even entrepreneurship, we believe there’s some interesting lessons you can take away from their story.

When, why and how did For the Love of Laundry begin its operations?

For the Love of Laundry was established in 2011. We set out with the mission of being a trusted dry cleaner in Singapore and to provide the best care for our customers and their beloved items. Our founders learned of the liquid silicone cleaning technology as an alternative to the petroleum-based solvent Perc from their travels. While looking for a dry cleaner in Singapore that cleans with this technology, they realised no one offered it and decided that the technology had to be introduced to Singapore too.

What makes your process and ingredients more environmentally friendly compared to other dry cleaners?

Most dry cleaners use a petroleum-based solvent (Perc), which damages clothes over time and also poses severe health and environmental risks. The use of Perc is banned in the state of California and has been classified as a toxic air pollutant and potential carcinogen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

For the Love of Laundry was the first to use GreenEarth technology in Singapore, and we are still the only company in Singapore to clean purely with GreenEarth, a toxin-free technology that is better for you, your clothes and the environment. Liquid silicone is an all-natural cleaner that biodegrades non-toxically to sand (SiO2) and trace amounts of water and carbon dioxide.

Our plastic carriers are made from biodegradable plastic, and we aim to reduce disposable plastic usage by using one plastic cover for up to four items instead of individually bagging items.

What else does For the Love of Laundry do to be environmentally friendly and keep its prices reasonable?

We are constantly challenging ourselves to be more environmentally friendly as it’s not only better for our environment, but also makes perfect business sense. We also keep a keen eye on our overhead and operating expenses, tracking the numbers and investigating anomalies.

For example, we track our electricity and water bills to ensure they reflect our operations. Anomalies are raised to our team so we can work to ensure we only use what’s necessary. We also work with an FSC-certified printer for our collaterals and print internal documents, when necessary, on recycled paper. We also encourage our customers to return their hangers for reusing or recycling.

How do you measure your business’s impact on the society and the environment? How would you rate your progress so far? What are you most proud of, and where could you improve the most?

We are currently tracking the number of plastic hangers returned to us, and provide an incentive to our customers for returning them by donating to a good cause. For every hanger returned to us, we donate 5 cents to Cambodian Children’s Fund, which helps Cambodia’s most impoverished communities by delivering education, family support and community development programs. The number of hangers returned hence directly influences the amount we donate to our charity partner.

Since we’ve started tracking the number of hangers returned, we’re proud to have tripled the number of hangers returned. We are, however, still working to increase this as we believe in pushing ourselves to do the best we can.

We’re most keen to improve on reducing our usage of disposable plastic at present. While hangers play a significant role in this within our operations, we have not forgotten the plastic covers we use to protect garments during transportation and would love to tackle this issue soonest. We are currently exploring ways to minimise our use of disposable plastic covers by looking to reusable garment bags.

Do you have advice for other small businesses in that seek to adopt sustainable practices?

Sustainable practices do not necessarily have to mean additional cost. In fact, we’ve found that they often lead to cost savings. We would recommend starting by tracking an aspect of the business that is currently a pain point (e.g. high cost from high quantity of hangers purchased), finding a creative way to ease this (e.g. collecting hangers for reuse so order frequency can be lowered) and incentivising the implementation of the solution (e.g. donation to a cause to incentivise customers, incentives for team members involved to encourage customers).

ValueChampion aims to educate entrepreneurs and small businesses about best business practices, especially about financial topics. With that in mind, we are interested in For the Love of Laundry’s financial journey. How did your business first obtain funding?

We have been very fortunate to be self-funded by our 4 founder-shareholders.

Did For the Love of Laundry ever require additional financing later (e.g. working capital loan, asset purchase loan, equity, etc.)? If so, why?

We required additional financing when we relocated our main facility in 2016. We had to take a loan from a financing company and required additional capital investments from our directors. This was necessary for the move as well as for the investment in new machinery.

Did you consider any alternatives to traditional financing, such as crowdfunding? If so, was it helpful? If not, do you think it have been more helpful than the type of financing that you ended up getting?

While crowdfunding is a great tool for certain businesses as it gets the word out for the company and allows the funders to feel a sense of ownership in the company’s growth, we feel this may not be the most suitable type of financing for us. This is due to the fact that the dry cleaning business does require significant capital investment, which will be difficult to attain from crowdfunding alone.

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Plans for an increase in the UK Plastic Bag Tax

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 11:45
Plastic Bag Tax

The U.K. introduced a 5 pence Plastic Bag Tax in 2015 to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated from the country’s consumers.

Since then, there has been a reduction in the number of bags issues by 85 percent.

This has led to government plans to not only increase the tax to 10 pence but to apply to ALL Retail brands. Previously, all brands with less than 250 employees and those who were service only, such as take-aways and dry cleaners had been exempt.

It remains to be seen the full extents of the increase, but it is already been described a “profiteering”.

But when you consider the implications of plastic waste contaminating the oceans and recent reports of a Whale’s stomach containing 30 plastic bags, an additional 5 pence and a change in human behaviour by taking ‘bags for life’ to the supermarket, perhaps it’s a small price to pay.

U.K. dry cleaners take note…

Check out this video from SkyNews

By: Garry Knox

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GreenEarth Affiliates Continue To Grow

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 11:23
GreenEarthFuture of dry cleaning comes to east Denton County

Lapels Dry Cleaning, an innovative company with headquarters in Hanover, Massachusetts, opened a full-service, environmentally friendly store at 4740 W. University Drive in Prosper on July 28, joining another store in Little Elm that opened July 14, according to a press release.

“We’re extremely excited to bring a sustainable, nontoxic way of dry cleaning clothes to Prosper,” said Chin Modha, who owns and operates Lapels Dry Cleaning of Prosper and Lapels Dry Cleaning of Little Elm with his wife, Sonal, and parents Shashi and Mina Modha. “The initial response to our first location in Little Elm has been wonderful.

“We feel confident that residents in Prosper will also enjoy our dry cleaning services as well as the assurance that their clothes are getting cleaned with a 100 percent environmentally nontoxic cleaning solution.”

The Little Elm location is at 2180 FM423.

Lapels has pioneered its eco-friendly dry cleaning experience over the past dozen years. Part of that effort includes a partnership agreement with GreenEarth, the dry cleaning industry’s only nontoxic cleaning alternative.

Using these kinds of solutions and the latest technology in equipment, Lapels is one of the few dry cleaners able to boast that there is no hazardous waste in their process, the release said.

“Our environmentally friendly cleaning process has no odor and is gentler on clothes, thus lengthening the life of clothes,” said Chin Modha.

Lapels offers its customers “automatic rewards,” earning them credit toward free dry cleaning for every dollar they spend, loyalty programs, a VIP Program that eliminates the need to wait in line, the use of a 24-hour drop-off service, free home delivery and alteration services.

Same-day service is also available with pickup after 5 p.m. Lapels also offers a “car hop” service where customers can drop off and pick up their clothing without leaving their cars.

Hours at both Lapels locations are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.mylapels.com.

See full article here.

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GreenEarth Gets The Nod From Fashion Journal

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 11:45
It’s time to talk about dry cleaning’s dirty little secret

Clean conscience.

Let’s get this straight: dry cleaning is not the water-saving, earth-positive washing method some of us have been led to believe.

Very naively, I had long thought dry cleaning was a good thing. Not only would it make me feel like a responsible grown-up (who actually reads the care label), but I also believed I was saving some precious water.

But here’s the truth: dry cleaning, generally speaking, really sucks. If you care about the environment – or people for that matter – say goodbye to your regular dry cleaners’ trip.

While dry cleaning may be a waterless form of washing, toxic chemical solvents take its place. Our clothing is chucked in an industrial washing machine, chemically cleaned, then drained and dried. This devilish solvent is commonly known as ‘perc’ – an ingredient also found in nail polish remover and petrol.

Even with strict laws to govern the containment of these chemicals, it’s hard to avoid some release into the air. It seeps out and impacts workers, the community and the environment. Considered a carcinogen, perc is known to cause dizziness, skin irritation and visual impairment. Environment-wise, perc causes air pollution, and often causes groundwater and soil contamination. The kind of thing best to steer clear of.

According to Fashion Revolution, 25 per cent of our clothes’ carbon footprint comes from consumer care. With that in mind, we hold an immense responsibility in looking after our garments the right way, with minimal environmental and human impact.

So, what’s a girl to do with a wardrobe full of delicate dresses and oversized coats? Consider a couple of alternatives:

Seek out a GreenEarth dry cleaner

The talented folks at GreenEarth have devised a liquid silicone alternative to perc, offering a safe option for both humans and the environment. Liquid silicone is non-toxic and non-hazardous with a circular lifespan. Once released back into the surroundings post-washing, it safely breaks down into sand, water and carbon dioxide – the elements from whence it came. Head to gecleaning.com to find a GreenEarth affiliate near you.

Learn to hand wash and spot clean

The ultimate method for cleaning our clothes is to DIY. How often do we clean the entire dress when we’ve spilt just a drop of tea? Or left a couple of afternoon pick-me-up chocolate crumbs? With a ton of guides online and trustworthy how-tos, it’s time we revisited the age of doing things simply with homegrown solutions. Generally, all it takes is a little time, detergent and a dash of water. For trickier stains like blood, coffee, ink and wine, turn to old mate Google.

While sustainable labels like Reformation still mark clothing ‘dry clean only’ – a contradiction I can’t quite understand – the care factor is ultimately our decision. So, make your choice a conscious one. Seek out your local green alternative or teach yourself a new skill. Join the chemical-free clothing revolution and make your wardrobe match your organic #pantrygoals.

See Article here.

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GreenEarth Network Featured in Eco Cajun!

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 17:13
GREEN BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT | GREENEARTH CLEANING

Thursday, August 9, 2018

See article here.

One area where I don’t feel like I have “adulting” down properly is in the world of having clothes dry cleaned. I’m honestly far too lazy to keep on a schedule of bringing clothes to the dry cleaner and picking them up, and I don’t own too many “dry clean only” pieces in the first place.

But dry cleaning is an important part of keeping your clothes in pristine condition, especially if their care requires it over regular machine washing. And when it comes to sustainability, ensuring that your clothes last as long as possible helps to keep a lot of textile waste out of landfills.

The drawback is that the conventional dry cleaning process is not very eco-friendly, especially with the chemicals used. PERC is a common dry cleaning solvent that has been reduced over the years, but can still be found, and it’s a volatile organic solvent that that can pose serious health hazards, per OSHA. Plus, PERC can be the culprit behind making plush items clumpier, like comforters or stuffed jackets.

However, there is a greener alternative, and that’s where GreenEarth Cleaning comes in.

The Kansas City-based company has developed a nontoxic liquid silicone dry cleaning system. Liquid silicone degrades into sand and trace amounts of water and carbon dioxide if spilled or released to the environment. It is recognized as safe for air, soil and water, not classified as a volatile organic compound (VOC) by the U.S. EPA, and doesn’t contribute to smog formation.When it comes to your clothes, the GreenEarth dry cleaning process enables a wider variety of clothes to be safely and effectively cleaned. Delicate silks, suede and leather trims, beads, sequins, painted garments, specialty buttons and trims, couture garments, heirloom fabrics and other “problem” items (including wedding dresses, lace and sequins) are no problem at all.Liquid silicone is also odorless, so your clothes don’t have any lingering smells, which is beneficial when you’re sensitive to smells or chemicals or have sensitive skin.”Across the United States, there are more than 1,800 dry cleaners in nation that use the GreenEarth process,” says GreenEarth Marketing Manager Aaron Newport.

In Louisiana, there are two GreenEarth-certified dry cleaners: C&R Quality Cleaners in Lafayette and Sunshine Cleaners in Baton Rouge.

C&R’s main location and dry cleaning facility is located on Kaliste Saloom Road, but they have multiple drop-off and pickup locations throughout Lafayette and one in Crowley.

Sunshine Cleaners is located on Highland Road in Baton Rouge and Highway 73 in Geismar.

The dry cleaning costs are comparable to conventional services, but no matter what, using a process that’s safer on your clothes, your skin and the environment is worth the investment.

When I spoke to Aaron recently, I mentioned that my king-size comforter needed a cleaning, but that the tag says not to dry clean (which I learned last year when I brought it to a dry cleaner). It ended up getting cleaned in an industrial size washer and dryer due to its size.

As I learned more about the GreenEarth process, it makes more sense why the comforter shouldn’t be dry cleaned, since the conventional PERC solvent can screw up the stuffing inside. Aaron explained to me how with their method, the comforter is safe to be dry cleaned, because the liquid silicone doesn’t affect the batting the way PERC does.

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GreenEarth Affiliate, Desai Named Lapels Franchise Owner of the Year

Fri, 07/13/2018 - 08:51
“One of the most impressive individuals we have worked with,” says CEO Dubois

HANOVER, Mass. — Jay Desai was named Lapels Dry Cleaning franchise owner of the year, Lapels reports.

Desai is an owner of Lapels stores in Beverly Hills, Mich.; Rochester Hills, Mich.; and West Bloomfield Township, Mich.

“Jay is one of the most impressive individuals we have worked with over the course of Lapels Dry Cleaning’s 18-year history,” says Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning.

“Within a few years, he established a network of drycleaning stores in the metro Detroit area and developed a system for expansion and growth,” Dubois adds.

“He’s coupled that effort with several community involvement endeavors,” he further notes. “If that wasn’t enough, he’s also the owner of 19 Great Clips hair salons in the greater Detroit metro area.”

“I guess you could say I like to stay busy,” says Desai, who co-owns his cleaning locations with a partner from his company, Shambho, LLC.

Desai immigrated to the United States in the early 2000s.

While working as an IT engineer, he began his career as an entrepreneur by purchasing investment properties in the metro Detroit area, Lapels notes.

He later branched out to franchising with Great Clips. In 2014, he and his partner at Shambho, LLC signed a development deal for up to 16 locations in the metro Detroit area.

Read full article here. 

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It’s Interesting About Sustainability!

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:23

When we think about things that aren’t sustainable, most of us think in terms of what’s good or bad for the environment. And generally, what comes to our minds are manufactured chemicals, or large quantities of materials that are toxic, or substances that aren’t “natural”, or even catastrophic events of nature like volcanos and forest fires.

But recently an example of a very small quantity of a product we’ve all used most of our lives to protect us from the sun has been deemed to be upsetting to the environment and is no longer considered to be sustainable for aquatic life. For as it turns out, even the small quantity of suntan lotion that we use outdoors can be dangerous to the coral reefs in Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Island and Israel.

In May, Hawaii became the first state in the U.S. to pass a law prohibiting the sale of over-the-counter sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate that scientists have found contribute to coral bleaching when washed off in the ocean. The new Hawaiian rules will go into effect January 1, 2021.

So it isn’t always large quantities of certain chemicals that cause environmental problems. Of course, we at GreenEarth are committed to using a medium that is scientifically proven to be environmentally non-toxic. And while the GreenEarth silicone dry cleaning fluid is the same silicone that is used as a major ingredient in sun tan lotions, we think it’s important to note that the ban on these lotions is not because of our silicone chemical but rather the small amount of two of the other chemicals used in the product. And so, small amounts of certain chemicals can be much more dangerous than large amounts of other chemicals! Each has to be evaluated scientifically based upon the impact they cause.

By: Ron Benjamin

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GreenEarth Affiliate Makes A Splash In Tampa Bay

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 16:05
Locally owned dry cleaners takes on new franchise

BRANDON — Rane Robinson is aware of the orange tide that recently rolled into his neighborhood.

Despite the buzz surrounding the 24-hour pick up kiosk at the corporately franchised Tide Dry Cleaners, he still decided to test the competitive waters less than 1 ½ miles away.

Call it David versus Goliath, Power 5 college football against Group of 5 or just good ole fashioned commercialism battling another mom and pop.

Robinson opened his Tampa Bay Dry Cleaners at 931 East Bloomingdale Ave. a few weeks prior to the Tide hype machine and feels he can compete on the latter.

“Ultimately what I was trying to accomplish, was to merge being an entrepreneur with doing something good for the environment and I wanted everything to be as local as possible,” Robinson said, pointing to machines from Tampa’s Unipress Corporation.

He likes the location in Bloomingdale Square because he said Publix plans to move across the parking lot into the former, larger Walmart location when that current lease expires and that L.A. Fitness plans to take over the current Bloomingdale Publix spot.

Tampa Bay Dry Cleaners features GreenEarth Cleaning that implements a liquid silicone — think liquified sand — instead of the old school, petroleum-based solvents to launder up to 100 shirts an hour (zero broken buttons so far) and rack up to 1,000 items at a time.

Robinson said his biggest advantage might be the people he has working there. Tampa Bay Dry Cleaners features a seamstress onsite who does alterations, custom clothing, repairs and even a last-second wedding dress fix.

A shoe cobbler can repair your expensive footwear or any leather item and a spot removing expert oversees stain elimination in a consistent fashion, so your Tommy Bahama shirt doesn’t get ruined.

Robinson, an Apollo Beach resident whose family has local ties dating back 40 years, gave up his career as an investment adviser after 17 years to create a place where “you can come here all the time and hang out and watch World Cup.”

He already knows the names and routines of regulars who want their dress shirts pressed for $2.50 or dresses cleaned for $9.50. He’s onsite from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and sometimes his daughters, Olivia, 10 and Sophia, 6, “help” out as well.

The store also operates Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and has future plans to add a drop box and delivery service (with durable garment bags) to combat the 24-hour kiosk at Tide.

Robinson has cleaned everything from a hand-woven 1960s framed fabric art piece to antique clothing and couch cushions. For the men seeking a unique gift idea, he suggests his “anniversary special.”

Bring in all your bedding the day before your anniversary (duvet, comforter, sheets and pillow cases) and for $50 your wife might be impressed – under one condition.

“I won’t do it for you if you’re going to hand it to her,” Robinson said. “You’ve got to put it on yourself.”

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After 35 years, builder rejuvenates in Valrico

To celebrate 35 years in business, Sunrise Homes recently enjoyed a grand reopening and invites new home buyers to visit their design center at 3658 Erindale Drive in Valrico.

Future owners can choose from a myriad of options – tile floors or wall-to-wall wood, wainscoting walls in the dining room or fancy tile designs in the kitchen and more.

See full article here.

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Best Cleaners Makes Orlando’s Eco-Friendly Businesses List

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 15:59
8 eco-friendly Orlando-area businesses you should know about ORLANDO, Fla. – Who doesn’t want to support sustainability? These Orlando-area businesses and restaurants make it easy to be environmentally-conscious while spending your money.

Best Cleaners of Orlando

Multiple locations

Many dry cleaners still use traditional laundry detergents that include harmful chemicals like perchloroethylene. These chemicals are hazardous for both people and the environment. Best Cleaners is committed to using the GreenEarth patented dry-cleaning process, which incorporates silicone and biodegradable detergents. This process reduces your carbon footprint while keeping your garments clean. It’s a win/win situation.

See full article here.

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GreenEarth Affiliate, OXXO continues to expand

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 15:39
New high-tech dry cleaners to open in Winter Park, more locations planned

South Florida-based dry cleaning firm OXXO Care Cleaners is expanding its presence in Central Florida with a new Winter Park location and plans to add at least two more locations in the next couple years, according to Orlando co-franchisee Consuelo Regueiro.

What sets OXXO apart from other dry cleaners in the area is their locations use Green Earth cleaning products. These products are gentler on clothes and safer for the user, according to the company.

While using green products, OXXO strives to be technologically savvy. The company uses ATM-style pick up and drop off machines. These devices make it possible for customers to pick up and drop off clothing after store hours.

Along with the machines, OXXO is one of the only dry cleaners with its own application in the App Store. The app, OXXO Care Cleaners, allows customers to request a pick-up time, drop off items and check which items they currently have at the cleaners, among other things.

OXXO has been in the Central Florida area for three years now, opening its first area location in 2015. The company’s other three Central Florida stores are in Lake Nona, Clermont and Orlando on Orange Blossom Trail.

Regueiro believes expanding to Winter Park is perfect for this business because the area is predominantly wealthy.

“People truly like the OXXO luxury dry cleaning experience, and we’re very excited about the opening of OXXO’s fourth Orlando store,” Orlando co-franchisee Reny Balsa said in a prepared statement.

The new 900-square-foot Winter Park location is at 190 Aloma Ave. The company has signed a 10-year lease and expects to open for business there Aug. 30.The new Winter Park location cost $250,000 to open and is expected to generate approximately $100,000 in sales its first year. Between all four Central Florida locations the company will exceed $600,000 in sales, said Regueiro.

Read full article here.

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The Future of Dry Cleaning comes to Little, Elm, TX

Thu, 07/05/2018 - 12:00
Lapels Dry Cleaning to open at 2180 FM 423, Little Elm, Texas

July 03, 2018 // Franchising.com // LITTLE ELM, TX and HANOVER, MA – Lapels Dry Cleaning, an innovative, environmentally friendly dry-cleaning company headquartered in Hanover, Massachusetts, will open a full-service, environmentally friendly dry-cleaning satellite plant and store at 2180 FM 423, Suite 100, Little Elm, Texas on July 14.

“We’re extremely excited to bring a sustainable, non-toxic way of dry cleaning clothes to Little Elm and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area,” said Chin Modha, who owns Lapels Dry Cleaning of Little Elm with his father Shashi Modha. Chin’s wife Sonal is also involved in the business. “When we open our doors on July 14, Lapels Dry Cleaning will become the only dry cleaner in the area using a 100 percent environmentally non-toxic cleaning solution.”

Additionally, the Modhas plan to open a Lapels Dry Cleaning satellite store at 4740 W University Drive, Prosper, TX 75078.

Lapels has pioneered its eco-friendly dry-cleaning experience over the past two decades. Part of that effort includes a partnership agreement with GreenEarth®, the dry-cleaning industry’s only non-toxic cleaning alternative, for its newer locations like Lapels Dry Cleaning of Little Elm. Using these kinds of solutions and the latest technology in equipment, Lapels is one of the few dry cleaners able to boast that there is no hazardous waste in their process.

Lapels Dry Cleaning also sets itself apart with its customer service. Lapels customers are greeted to a warm and inviting reception area, with friendly customer service representatives, and alteration services.

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Red, White, Blue… And GREEN!

Fri, 06/29/2018 - 15:24
Green July 4th

The Fourth of July is here, and it’s time to break out your red, white, and blue! But don’t forget your green. This holiday is about celebrating our beautiful country, so doesn’t it make sense that we also should be conscious of how we care for it? Check out these tips on letting freedom ring in a sustainable way.

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of reusables

Disposables may be convenient when hosting holiday festivities, but they’re far from friendly to the environment. Bring down the reusable plates, bowls, cups, and silverware! A few extra dishes at the end of the night is all in the name of a cleaner planet. If you must use disposables, though, choose materials you can easily recycle, like paper, glass, and aluminum. There’s even dinnerware you can buy that’s been recycled once already—just make sure to keep it going!

Grill that I love

If you’re like me, barbecue is pretty much a must on the Fourth of July. However, there are greener ways than others to prepare your mouth-watering American fare. The majority of scientists have come to the conclusion that gas grills trump charcoal. Lump charcoal requires the cutting down of mesquite trees. And on top of the deforestation affect, it also takes more fuel to produce and transport than propane. Apart from these most common models, electric and solar-powered grills are even better in terms of eco-friendliness.

Sweet land of carpooling

When it comes to those who are traveling for Independence Day, try cutting down on gasoline emissions by taking as few vehicles as possible. Or go by public transit, instead. Either way, you’ll be helping the planet and traffic buildup. It’s really a win-win!

From sea to shining sea

Wherever you are this Fourth of July, spend it outside. Turn off the TV, put your phone down, and enjoy the summer weather. Set up some lawn games for a little friendly competition. Organize a hike to a breathtaking lookout spot. “Amber waves of grain” or “purple mountain majesties”—nothing gets you in the patriotic spirit quite like America’s nature.

Stars and stripes…and sparkles

It’s hard to imagine the Fourth of July without fireworks. Unfortunately, after the spectacle, fireworks fall back to the ground and release a number of pollutants into our water, soil, and air. It’s best to just forego the sparklers, rockets, roman candles, and whatever else you may find inside those brightly-colored, one-time-a-year tents. At the very least, gather at a community-hosted event to minimize the number of releases.  

By: Zarah Eads

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OXXO Blooms as Orlando Booms

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:39

OXXO Blooms as Orlando Booms 

Franchise Is A Pioneer In “Experiential Dry Cleaning” 

Hollywood, FL, June 19, 2018 — OXXO Care Cleaners® , the most innovative, environmentally friendly garment cleaning franchise founded on the “We Care” philosophy, announced today that it is expanding operations in Orlando, FL. OXXO will be opening a new store at 190 Aloma in Winter Park, FL 32792.

Orlando Franchisee Reny Balsa, a food industry professional from Venezuela, knows how to cater to consumers who need fast, friendly, and convenient service. In Venezuela, Reny’s family owns the food company that services Grupo Polar’s cafeterias. “When I decided to come to the U.S., I identified Orlando as the perfect city in which to live and own a business, because it truly reflects the American Dream – from Disney, where all dreams come true, to the city’s fast-growing STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] sector. Orlando reflects the ‘anything is possible’ mindset, combining innovation and technology with a modern service that people today really need.”

OXXO Orlando customers love the unique combination of services offered—24/7 ATM pick up/drop off, boutique-style setting, mobile payment app, use of GreenEarth, and on-premises hand ironing. “People truly like the OXXO luxury dry cleaning experience, and we’re very excited about the opening of OXXO’s fourth Orlando store,” says Balsa.

OXXO’s Orlando-area expansion comes amid the metro area’s booming growth and popularity. For the last four years, Orlando has undergone a profound economic transformation, from its airport expansion to the luxury residential boom downtown. Companies like Amazon and Siemens have made Orlando their home. In the medical sector, there has been vast innovation at the VA Medical Center and Nemours Children’s Hospital. In education, UCF recently opened its medical school in Lake Nona, where there is an OXXO store. And in sports, the USTA just opened a massive tennis school and complex that brings together the country’s best players. Orlando City will open and become home to the Lake Nona soccer team.

Forbes recently planted the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metroplex at #4 on its “America’s Fastest-Growing Cities 2018” list. Forbes further confirms that Orlando leads the U.S. in STEM growth. OXXO’s next-generation, tech-driven approach to dry cleaning fits perfectly here.

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OXXO’s Lake Nona Store: 12278 Narcoossee Rd #105, Orlando, FL 32827


OXXO is the only dry cleaner in Orlando that offers operational transparency, speed, quality, and ATM-style convenience. All Orlando stores have same-day service available when ordered before 2:00 PM, or the next day if made after 2:00. Dry cleaning is available at plant stores and via drop stores.

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OXXO’s Southchase Store: 12147 S Orange Blossom Trl, Ste 102, Orlando, FL 32837 


Guillermo Gallegos, owner of the OXXO Clermont store, brings business experience from the manufacturing and industrial sectors.  He most recently owned a Home Depot-style store in Venezuela. OXXO Clermont serves Orlando’s Northwest region, specifically Windermere, Phillips, Occoe, Winter Garden, Oakland, Minneola and Clermont.  Guillermo states that this region has shown great demand for OXXO’s pick-up and delivery services as a result of the growing presence of corporations and condo associations.


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OXXO’s Clermont Store:
 2430 E Hwy 50 Ste A Clermont, FL 34711 


OXXO CEO Salomon Mishaan concluded: “We are confident that the personalized service and experience offered at our Orlando locations will continue to drive loyalty for our brand throughout the region. We thank Orlando residents for truly embracing OXXO.”

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GreenEarth Affiliate, WashBox is Making Moves.

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 16:37
washboxNorthStar Moving Co., WashBox Partner for New-mover Convenience

LOS ANGELES — NorthStar Moving® Co., self-described as the leading eco-luxury mover in California, announces a new partnership with WashBox, a high-end, locker-based, drycleaning delivery service. It indicates that this partnership will provide its clients with superior drycleaning service, steps from their door after relocating.

“A new dry cleaner is often needed pronto,” says Laura McHolm, NorthStar Moving co-founder and chief of organized living, “particularly if you are starting a new job! WashBox takes the hassle out of finding a convenient, experienced and affordable dry cleaner after a move, by providing everything in the palm of your hand.”

The new partnership ensures that the moving company’s clients “avoid the hassle of finding a qualified dry cleaner in their new neighborhood, while bringing an innovative level of convenience to a new home,” it explains.

“When you move we know there is a long list of new service providers to hunt down. That’s why we have added WashBox to our partners, eliminating the search for a trusted drycleaning service,” McHolm points out.

WashBox notes its mission is to provide clients with exceptional drycleaning and laundry services in the most convenient, secure and affordable way, while also being environmentally friendly. The WashBox family has been providing the highest quality drycleaning services since 1924.

Today, it relates, the firm offers a mobile three-step locker solution. First, simply drop off clothing in a locker in one of their 500 residential building locations and set a 4-digit pin. Second, place the order on their app. Lastly, receive a text or email when your order is ready, go to the locker and enter the 4-digit pin to pick up your freshly cleaned items.

WashBox notes that it owns and operates a drycleaning plant that is conveniently located in Los Angeles. By operating out of a very large industrial facility, it relates, it reduces chemical and energy consumption and increase efficiencies.

Electricity used in their cleaning plant is purchased from renewable energy generators such as hydroelectric, wind or solar power facilities. It uses GreenEarth Cleaning solution, which is non-hazardous and non-toxic to the environment.

See full American Dry Cleaner article here. 

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Palm Oil – A Small Step in The Right Direction

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 15:56
palm oil

British Frozen Food store Iceland is looking to ban Palm Oil in its own branded products by the end of 2018. One of the food retailers outside of the big four Supermarkets, feels that the production of Palm Oil in South East Asia, is not sustainable and in fact it’s their opinion that harvesting Palm Oil is having a devastating effect, which is why they have taken the decision.

They will still however continue to stock products by other brands that may contain Palm Oil but hope their decision might influence others. Iceland have also committed to removing plastic from its own branded products by 2023.

After the end of the year, their own products will carry a ‘No Palm Oil’ sticker, which features an image of an orangutan.

Chances are Palm Oil is found in many products found around the home, from Biscuits to Soap and Iceland were first alerted to the full details of Palm Oil harvesting by Greenpeace.

Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland has stated:

“Until Iceland can guarantee palm oil is not causing rainforest destruction, we are simply saying ‘no to palm oil’. We don’t believe there is such a thing as ‘sustainable’ palm oil available to retailers, so we are giving consumers a choice about what they buy”

Why is Palm Oil considered to be controversial?

  • Palm oil production is said to have been responsible for about 8% of the world’s deforestation between 1990 and 2008, which also has a knock on effect on the wild life that live there.
  • Burning large areas of forests to clear areas where oil palms can be grown has also been blamed for high levels of air pollution in South East Asia
  • Some experts say eating palm oil is unhealthy because it is high in saturated fat

EU labelling laws were changed in 2014 so products must now state specifically if they contain palm oil.

Iceland Frozen Food’s annual commitment to Palm Oil is 500 tonnes. Whilst this is a drop in the 400,000 tonnes that comes into the U.K. each year, it is definitely a step into the right direction.

By: Garry Knox

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