Being truly green is a multi-faceted matter, explains Darrell New, who, for the past 21 years, has worked with the dry cleaning industry to improve quality and services. “Green cleaning is a combination of environmentally responsible policies, programs, and priorities,” New adds.
At Classic Cleaners, we know. As the very first dry cleaners in the Indianapolis area to earn the designation Certified Environmental Drycleaner from the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute, we are proud to put a checkmark next to each one of the items on Darrell New’s how-to-tell-if-your-dry-cleaner-is-green list:
Responsible waste disposal:
None of the chemicals used at Classic Cleaners ever go into city sewers or underground tanks. Used-up cleaning agents are saved in above-ground tanks to be removed by licensed chemical companies, who either recycle the chemicals or dispose of them through state-approved processes.
As New points out, many cleaners accept used wire hangers and plastic bags, but the question is – what happens from there. At Classic Cleaners, we gather hangers (not just ours, but any hangers customers collect). We reuse some, and have the rest professionally recycled.
We encourage our customers to return plastic bags to us by putting them into the cleaning bag with the next order. Classic Cleaners has contracted with a green recycling firm to turn that plastic into trash bags and other reusable items.
Proper machine maintenance:
At our Classic Cleaners processing plants, the machinery is constantly being updated and replaced with energy-efficient, cost and labor-saving models. Keeping the building itself in tip-top shape in terms of insulation and repairs helps further reduce energy costs.
Carbon footprint reduction:
The biggest “carbon footprint” reduction of all, though, comes from reducing our customers’ need to drive their cars to drop off and pick up their laundry and dry cleaning! Our free and convenient pick-up and delivery route service adds convenience while reducing carbon emission from automobile travels.
In this case a plus and a minus equals – green! Not just green, but true green. At Classic Cleaners, we don’t mean to boast, but we can’t help crowing about our Indiana 5-Star Environmental Recognition award!
By Reb of the Classic Cleaners blog team