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Three of the Best Laundry Innovations of 2016

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There have been many advances in laundry technology over the last few years, focused on making the process more efficient, both for users and the environment.   Read More

Topics: Green Technology

The Most Important Way Your Commercial Laundry Can Make More Money

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One of the things you learn very quickly when managing any business is that there are lots of people out there in the world who want to tell you the "best" ways to make money—and commercial laundry is no different.  Read More

Topics: Commercial Laundry, Green Technology

UK Hotel Trends 2016: Eco on the Up

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It’s no secret that the booming international travel industry generates huge amounts of waste and pollution, with tourism accounting for 5% of global emissions. If you also consider the fact that in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first ever universal legally binding climate deal at the COP21 talks in Paris, it’s little wonder then that hotels, especially in the UK where they rank in the top 5 energy and utilities users, are increasingly focussed on reducing their environmental impact; both in terms of their own direct utilities use, and that of their supply chain.  Read More

Topics: Green Technology, Hotels, UK

Opting for Water Conservation instead of Conflict

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We are all-too-familiar with wars for oil but wars over water? Oil cost multiple dollars per gallon and is a trillion dollar industry while water is free and covers 70% of the Earth’s surface. Why fight? It’s all an illusion. While water is seemingly plentiful only 1% of it is usable by humans. Consider a human can live, at most, three days without it and it’s actually one of our most precious resources.  In America we take water for granted but the fact is water is in short supply in many parts of the world. An American taking a five minute shower uses more water than the average person in a developing country slum uses for the entire day. Worldwide, 780 million people lack access to clean clean water, and 3.4 million die each year from from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes.  Read More

Topics: Water Shortage, Water Conservation, Green Technology

Impactful, Green Travel Habits to Pick up on

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Every day, thousands of people get in their car, hop a bus, board a train, or get on a flight to travel, both for business and for pleasure. The travel industry has a huge impact on the American economy. How huge? According to the U.S. Travel Answer Sheet from the U.S. Travel Association, the travel industry generates $927.9 billion in direct revenue, and another $1.2 trillion in indirect and induced revenue. This industry supports roughly 15 million American jobs, such as hotel staff positions. As huge as the travel industry is, it naturally has a significant impact on the environment as well.  Read More

Topics: Water Conservation, Green Technology, Hotels

Water and Energy for All – Increase Use Efficiency

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When it comes to remarkable growth curves, the world population graph is hard to beat. Humanity has flourished as technological advances and improvements in health care have reduced child mortality and extended lifespans. The number of humans on Earth has grown from an estimated one billion to seven billion in the past 200 years. Most remarkable in all this is all signs indicate the rate of growth is getting faster. While it took approximately 123 years for the world population to grow from one billion in 1804 to two billion, it took only 33 years to reach the three billion mark in 1960 and only 15 years to hit four billion from there. While estimates vary, experts predict the world population in 2050 will be anywhere from 7.4 billion to more than 10.6 billion.  Read More

Topics: Environment, Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, Green Technology

Water Use Habits are Hard to Break

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When it comes to human survival in the wild, it helps to think of the "Rule of Threes": a person can live three minutes without air, three days without water, and three weeks without food. It's clear water is very important to human life.  Now consider water, our second most precious resource after the air itself, covers about 70% of the Earth’s surface, but less than 1% is available for human use. Water, seemingly abundant, is actually a finite resource and precious commodity. Worldwide, 780 million people lack access to clean water, and 3.4 million die each year from a water-related disease.  Read More

Topics: Water Shortage, Water Conservation, Green Technology

Life of the Polymer Beads: How Do Soils Get Absorbed?

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For over 60 years, the basic principles behind removing soils from fabrics has remained largely unchanged. The application of copious amounts of hot water, detergent, and rough agitation is a world-recognized method. The traditional method for handling commercial laundry is so ingrained that business owners tend to look upon new methods of handling laundry with incredulity. For example, when told about the polymer bead-based Xeros commercial laundry system that cuts water use up to 80% by replacing hot water with beads in the wash cycle, the first reaction of many experienced commercial laundry operators is to ask: “how can plastic beads get stains, soils, and odors out of fabrics?”  Read More

Topics: Commercial Laundry, Polymer Beads, Green Technology

Greening Your Business: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle for Professional Dry Cleaning

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Going “green” for drycleaners is not just about regulations. It’s about attracting customers, retaining employees, and improving profitability.  Today’s customers are environmentally conscious – they are carrying recycled shopping bags and eating organic food and they want to support businesses that are eco-friendly. Green practices can enhance your public image and help attract and retain talented employees who take pride in their workplace. New technologies are available that help reduce consumption of our natural resources such as water, as well as reducing the use of chemicals.  Forward-thinking drycleaners need to do more than just “greenwash” their offering. They need to implement business practices that have a positive impact on the environment and the community.  Read More

Topics: Green Technology, Energy Savings, Drycleaners

Reducing Water Consumption for Earth Month

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Although many of us like to think of Earth Month as every month - this April marks the 45th anniversary of the official Earth Month! April, as conditions thaw from a long winter and the flowers start blooming again, is a good time to remember and acknowledge that everything we need for our survival and well-being depends on our natural environment.  Read More

Topics: Polymer Beads, Water Conservation, Green Technology

Green Hotel Efforts Appeal to Millennials

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Millennials are increasingly expecting the destination resorts they patronize to be environmentally conscious - without paying an additional price. According to Scott Lee, a designer of Ritz-Carlton and Auberge properties, millennials are inclined to stay at destination hotels that are both environmentally and culturally sustainable. “How do we preserve a place, yet share it with the world?” is a question he seeks to answer to appeal to the environmentally concerned consumer.  Read More

Topics: Water Conservation, Green Technology, Hotels

Nature as an R&D Lab: 5 Amazing Examples of Biomimicry

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For more than three billion years, life has been evolving, surviving and thriving on planet Earth, giving scientists access to a natural research and development laboratory to drive innovation. Leonardo da Vinci is credited as being one of the very first people to use so called ‘biomimicry’ in the 16th century when he studied birds in order to try and enable human flight. Since then, biomimicry has exploded as a concept, with scientists and engineers working together to create some amazing and inspirational inventions, five of which we’ve outlined here.  Read More

Topics: Green Technology, Science