ARTA (American Renewable Textile Association) have been conducting research to demonstrate that the use of renewable textiles has a distinct environmental and financial advantage over single use items.
A case study conducted at the University of Minnesota’s Fairview Hospital showed that by choosing reusable surgical gowns over disposible ones saved the hospital $360, 000 a year, this included the added cost of laundry.
The biggest impact from using renewable over disposible in this scenario was the the increased use of water but Nancy Jenkins, executive director of ARTA points out that many medical laundries resuse water on a greenloop system whereby the water isn’t used up but rather returned for use again and again.
The research did not, however, comment on how garments were dried before reuse.
The organisation believes that ongoing research is critical in helping the industry make a case for its clients to use or increase the use of reusable textiles.
Steve Tinker, the President of ARTA believes that all industries will need to adapt to meet the sustainability challenge.
“While “Green” has become a tagline used to market everything from toothpaste to credit cards, there are solid market indicators that show “Going Green” is more than a trend”, he said on a Laundry Industry website.← BackNext →