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Written by Ken Koepper   
Monday, 02 April 2012 08:03
Crescent Healthcare Laundry Earns TRSA Clean Green Certification

ALEXANDRIA, Va., March 30, 2012—Crescent Laundry, Davenport, IA, has been certified Clean Green by TRSA, which is leading the textile services industry to new heights in sustainability and environmental protection by establishing this international standard. Crescent has met TRSA’s requirements for achieving efficiencies in water and energy conservation and adopting best management practices for reusing, reclaiming and recycling resources.

Crescent Laundry is one of the first five laundry processing companies in the country to qualify for the certification.

The certification gives Crescent’s business-to-business customers third-party verification that the sheets, towels, uniforms, and other reusable textiles they procure from the company are laundered in an environmentally friendly manner.

“Contracting with Crescent for textile services is a statement of conscientiousness about natural resources and a commitment to sustainability,” stated Joseph Ricci, TRSA president and CEO. “Choosing a Clean Green laundry is part of managing a supply chain with maximum environmental protection in mind.”

More business owners and operators are modifying their production technologies, processes and work habits to improve efficiency and conserve supplies, Ricci observed. “Clean Green prompts them to consider how their choices of outsourced functions such as laundry affect their total environmental impact,” he added.

Businesses that opt for work uniform rental service and linen supply from textile services companies—as opposed to assigning staff to wash work clothes at home or using smaller on-premises or commercial laundries for linens—have chosen the superior route for minimizing natural resources depletion.

TRSA’s new certification helps organizations find the best choices in this respect. Laundry facilities such as Crescent’s with the highest-speed, largest-capacity equipment are most likely to exceed Clean Green standards due to such machinery’s energy and water efficiencies. Just as important, because these industrial-scale laundries have hundreds or even thousands of customers, these facilities are large enough to economically deploy the latest technologies for removing pollutants, recovering heat, reusing rinse water and other resource-saving functions.

Based in Davenport, Crescent serves Eastern Iowa and Western and Central Illinois health care providers, including acute care, outpatient care and long-term care facilities. Crescent processes more than 8 million pounds of laundry each year.

"Crescent is proud to be recognized for a commitment we have made to reduce our environmental impact and to create efficiencies in our use of water, energy and cleaning materials. These strategies will benefit our customers and residents of Davenport in the long term,'' said Rick Kislia, manager of Crescent Laundry.

Crescent was founded in 1917.  The company became part of Genesis Health System in 1994 when the system was created by the merger of St. Luke's and Mercy hospitals.

About TRSA and the Textile Services Industry

Based in Alexandria, Va., TRSA represents the $16-billion textile services industry that employs nearly 200,000 people at more than 2,000 facilities nationwide. These companies provide laundered textiles and other products and services that help businesses project a clean and attractive public image. The industry reaches every major business and industrial region, Congressional district and city in the country. Most Americans benefit at least once a week from the cleanliness and safety provided by the industry—through its laundering and delivery of reusable linens, uniforms, towels, mats and other products for the healthcare, hospitality and industrial/manufacturing sectors. TRSA member companies’ services minimize environmental impacts on air, water and solid waste disposal while reducing costs for millions of customers.
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