Green (Conservation)

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The Green Laundry Solution

What is ‘Green Laundry’?  From Laundry Consultants web page


Green laundry is an idea whose time has come and an idea that demands great attention. The term Green Laundry is applied to a philosophy of textile care that focuses on reducing the total environmental impact of traditional laundry operations.

Why is Green Laundry Important?

It is not commonly known, but textile care operations around the World consume an enormous amount of water and energy every day. The textile care industry is one of the largest, perpetual consumers of fresh, drinking water and energy on the Planet.

Textile care facilities also produce an enormous volume of wastewater every day. Wastewater from a typical laundry is loaded with Chlorine, alkali, acid, surfactant, soil, high BOD and COD and low to no DO. All of this means that typical laundry wastewater is harmful to the environment and to our limited fresh water supplies. A laundry built on green principles will not use the harsh mix of chemicals that produce all of these wastewater problems. A truly green laundry using a Water Energy Ozone Laundry System will actually produce wastewater with almost no chemical residues, low to no BOD and COD and a raised DO (Dissolved Oxygen) level.

In addition, textile care facilities produce a large volume of VOC’s, suspended particles and other undesirable airborne contaminants. Chemical residues in fabrics being processed in the dryers are liberated in the heat and discharged into the parking lot through the dryer vents. Many of these chemicals we know are toxic and some we don’t even know what they can do to us. Chlorine in tap water and bleach used in traditional methods mixes with organic matter (body oils and fluids, food, etc) in the dirty linens to produce trihalomethanes. A more common name for this class of contaminant is VOC’s or Volatile Organic Compounds.

These unhealthy compounds are released from all the washers and propelled from the dryers into the environment around most typical laundry facilities. Manufacturers of many familiar products have had to alter their production methods to limit the amount of VOC’s their products release into the environment. Paint, glue, siding, plywood and other well known products have all been modified to limit human exposure to these undesirable pollutants.

A Water Energy Green Laundry System will replace the chemicals responsible for this environmental scourge with environmentally friendly ozone, eliminating the VOC problem altogether. Ozone’s less-damaging effects on the linens will also reduce the amount of lint produced in the dryers.

Why Have a Green Laundry?


The primary reasons you should convert to a Green Laundry System are to save money and to help save the Earth. Laundry Consulting and Design has developed the Water Energy Green Laundry System to address a growing crisis in the textile care industry, a crisis of epic proportions.

Historically, laundries have been huge consumers of limited resources. Today’s market price of those resources reflects their scarcity and demand. Traditional laundering methods require an enormous amount of water and energy to clean the mountains of linen used around the World every day. Most people aren’t even aware of the magnitude of the problem. A typical laundry uses a tremendous amount of energy and an average of 3 gallons of water for every single pound of linens processed.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
 

Textiles Reusable versus Disposables

http://arta1.com/articles.php

Water

http://www.p2pays.org/ref%5C07/06057.htm

           http://www.portlandonline.com/water/index.cfm?c=30832&

          http://www.mde.state.md.us/Programs/WaterPrograms/Water_Conservation/Business_Tips/laundries.asp

Environmental Friendly Chemicals     http://www.epa.gov/dfe/pubs/laundry/brochure/

EPA Effluent Requirements  http://www.sba.gov/advo/laws/is_lau.html

                               http://www.epa.gov/guide/laundry/finaction.html

EPA Success Stories for Conservation>>> 

http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/inforesources/ems/success/jeff-cty.htm

Water Treatment Options

www.aquarecycle.com

www.awois.com

www.norchemcorp.com

www.teatucson.com

www.kemcosystems.com

www.ozonewatertech.com

Dryer Heat Recovery

Here are a few interesting points when you consider how to lower your laundry’s energy costs:

    

§Gas reduction of up to 50%

§Lower dryer times by up to 25%

§Return on Investment  most often less than 2 years

§Simple installation and long term maintenance costs

§Reduction of Greenhouse emissions

§Lower dryer operating times without loss of efficiency

    

ThermalRecycle can handle dryer sizes from 25/lbs to 600/lbs with our seven sizes that will cover most any laundry operation. 

www.thermalrecycle.com

  

These are articles available at www.laundrytoday.com

1. GOING GREEN At Gaia Anderson Hotel
(News/Earth Friendly)
Water Energy Green Laundry System brings results and savings REDDING, CA — The Gaia Anderson Hotel/Convention Center in rustic Redding, Ca. was built to co-exist with its natural setting. With water at ...

   

2. CLEAN ’09 Wrap-up
(News/Trade Shows)
... GOES GREEN One thing everyone can agree on, however, is that the ‘green’ theme wove itself throughout the show -- a clear indication of the industry’s conservation concerns. Individual exhibitors highlighted ...

   

3. The Three R’s And The Three G’s
(News/Earth Friendly)
... waste. Their use can G-enerate money for the facility, and they can help to G-enerate a ‘green’ clean environment. Current ecological catastrophes are the result of years of damage we have inflicted on ...

   

VON ORMY, Texas — Leave it to one of the industry’s largest players to institutionalize Green operations.  ARAMARK recently built and opened a new 52,000-square-foot uniform services plant near San Antonio ...

   

... state-of-the-art laundry operation incorporates green technology to save water and energy. It is used to process over 13 million pounds of linen used annually by Iowa Health System hospitals from across ...

   

6. ARTA Elects New Board
(News/Industry News)
... was voted in as ARTA’s representative to HLAC. And, Tom Badrick from Legacy Health System shared strategies on how to think green. Finances Solid Treasurer Robert Hewett gave an update on ARTA’s finances. ...

   

7. Predictions
(News/Bottom Line)
... pressure on companies to be more environmentally conscious and they will be conserving more water, energy and convert to green chemistry. I can see only increased pressure on the industry to be more of ...

   

Today’s Environmental Compliance Costs: Insurance Archeology for the Laundry Industry An increasing number of laundries are striving to heighten their ‘green consciousness’. Many go above and beyond ...

   

... Creek, along with sister properties Rosen Plaza and Rosen Center, have met and exceeded the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s “Green Lodging Program” standards.   Although the ...

   

10. Taking the Next Step
(News/Earth Friendly)
We live in a day and age where environmental concern and green awareness issues are at an all time high.  All industries are, or should be, focused on taking steps towards optimizing efficiency and ...

   

... resources through a green initiative. Guests are offered the option of reusing towels and linens or having them replaced daily. “Many guests take advantage of the reuse option,” says laundry manager, Brandi ...

   

12. Ozone: An Advancing Technology
(News/Earth Friendly)
... The year-end results show that ozone—one element of a group of processes recently referred to as an “advanced technology” by some and a “green technology” by others—is receiving strong acceptance in many ...

   

13. Are You Ready To ‘Leed’ The Way?
(News/Good Management)
... (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building rating system administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. The LEED system is an excellent way to get guidance in creating more environmentally ...

   

... to choose “Green Power”? Is Green Power expensive? What are the benefits of “Going Green” as you advertise in some of your products? Answer:  Green Power is electricity generated from approved ...

   

15. Pads, Covers, Ribbons, Parts
(Products - Services/Accessories)
... in Greensboro, N.C. Having recently acquired the parts department of the former American Laundry Machinery Co., Talley is able to supply parts for all laundry equipment - new, used, and obsolete. Tingue, ...

   

... are readily available. The SDSI initiative is designed to promote green chemistry through informed substitution of safer surfactants Safer surfactants are surfactants that break down quickly ...

   

... cost and are readily available. The SDSI initiative is designed to promote green chemistry through informed substitution of safer surfactants Safer surfactants are surfactants that break down quickly ...

   

18. Shipshape At Woodbourne Prison
(News/Industry News)
... protocols. "All the clothes come into the laundry in a green or white net bag," says Baum. "Each bag belongs to an inmate and has a number on it. The inmate gets a ticket which tells what's ...

   

19. Towel/Sheet Reuse Program Savings
(News/Bottom Line)
... Look to the Future: Greening of the Hospitality Industry". One burning question was how much are hotels saving with a towel/sheet re-use program? The "logic" I used in generically talking ...

   

... their growing the greenest weeds in the county. Twelve people constituted the payroll and their only customer was Sea Pines, a property management company with 500 vacation villas and a few restaurants ...
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