Phelps Uniform Specialists get TRSA Clean Green certified

18 Dec '19
2 min read
Pic: Phelps Uniform
Pic: Phelps Uniform

Phelps Uniform Specialists have affirmed their commitment to environmental stewardship by achieving TRSA’s Clean Green certification. Phelps Uniform Specialists is an operated laundry, serving uniform and facility services customers in Iowa and Illinois. The certificate reflects the company’s dedication to operational efficiency and sustainability.

Linen, uniform, and facility services companies receive this distinction by adhering to TRSA-designated water- and energy-use thresholds and deploying best-management practices (BMPs) consistent with the ASTM International environmental laundering standard, according to TRSA.

Phelps Uniform Specialists’ customers can be assured their reusable healthcare textiles are washed, dried and finished with processes that maximise sustainability and reduce greenhouse emissions. Clean Green certified operations demonstrate significant commitment to conservation and green operations through various BMPs that include recovering heat from drained hot water and heat dispersed from the process of warming water; recapturing drained water from rinses for reuse; using environmentally friendly detergents; removing solids and liquids from wastewater; solar energy and energy-efficient lighting; recycling programmes; re-routing trucks to save vehicle fuel; and spill prevention plans.

The Clean Green certification is valid for three years at a time. TRSA inspects laundry facilities seeking certification and approves documentation of their water and energy use and BMP deployment through production reports they submit to auditors during the inspections. TRSA’s certification management protocol includes auditor training by the association’s inspection programme administrator.

Clean Green aligns with the ASTM International standard, Guide for Sustainable Laundry Practices, which recognises key criteria for the certification as universal indicators of maximum sustainability in commercial laundry work. ASTM’s review of TRSA BMPs verified these as the most effective and practical techniques for a laundry to achieve green objectives.

TRSA members prompted development of the standard, which was vetted in the sustainability subcommittee of the ASTM Committee on Textiles. Top technical experts, scientists, and environmental professionals from outside the linen, uniform, and facility services industry reviewed the BMPs. ASTM is the global leader in developing and delivering voluntary consensus standards unparalleled in building consumer confidence in product and service quality.

“I applaud Phelps Uniform Specialists for their sustainability efforts and maintaining the highest standards in their production and delivery operations. Meeting all the criteria for certification is not easy, but the company is committed to industry-leading processes and technologies,” Joseph Ricci, TRSA president and CEO said.

Fibre2Fashion News Desk (GK)

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