Sometimes you’ve got to take back in order to give, that’s all there is to it!
One of the small but very important ways in which Classic Cleaners fulfills the dry cleaning industry’s highest standards of environmentally responsible practices is how we handle – bags.
It’s simple. Plastic bags help keep clothes clean and fresh while they’re being transported from our plant to customers’ homes. But, as the first dry cleaners in the Indianapolis area to receive Certified Environmental Drycleaner certification, we know throwing away those plastic bags isn’t good for the environment.
Some 89,000,000,000 plastics bags are used each year in the U.S.. According to Earth911.com, plastic bags are produced from natural gas. When bags are recycled, the energy is available for new products, not only for bags, for products such as composite lumber and decking. A five-year long study by the Ocean Conservency found that plastic bags make up 9% of the debris found along U.S. coasts.
We make it easy for our loyal customers to do the right thing, reminding them to return those plastic bags (and, wherever possible, hangers as well) to us by putting them into the cleaning bag along with their next order. Classic Cleaners has contracted with a green recycling firm to turn that plastic into trash bags and other reusable items.
Our Classic Cleaners team has made a commitment to the environment. We believe keeping our planet a safe place to be is every bit as important as producing quality cleaning. Plastic bag recycling is just a small part of that commitment. We stay up-to-date on environment regulations of all sorts for proper waste handling and dry cleaning operating procedures and follow them all to the letter.
At Classic Cleaners, we’re proud that we’ve never been cited for an environmental violation, and that we’ve never been required to clean up any of our sites. You can bet, everyone on the Classic Cleaners team is proud of our “clean” environmental record!
Bags to give back, anyone?
Reb of the Classic Cleaners blog team