“Professional Textile Cleaning; Best Sustainable Solution to Clean Textiles”
Supported by over 25 international suppliers, CINET and its members launched an international PR Campaign about “Best Practices in Textile Cleaning”, October 12th last, at the Jet Expo in Paris. This project is set up to strengthen the awareness that the Professional Textile Care business can be welcomed and appreciated worldwide as the best solution to clean textiles, when it comes to environmental, welfare and health issues.
The fifth edition of the Jet Expo in Paris from 11 till 14 October 2013 is a memorable one. The main reason for this is the new legislation on the use of Perc in Professional Textile Care in France. With its project “International Standard Best Practices in Safe & Sustainable Professional Textile Cleaning”, CINET offers a positive and constructive response to present concerns about the use of solvents, and Perc in particular. Modern PTC is the most sustainable cleaning method available. According to recent scientific studies, if Best Practices are applied, even 2 – 3 times more sustainable in comparison to textile cleaning at home. So, CINET launched a project to promote Best Practices by:
• Creating awareness in the PTC industry
• Introduction of a step-by-step plan to implement Best Practices
• Promote PTC as the best available sustainable solution to clean textiles
Best Practice Activity Plan 2013/2014
At the Kick-Off Conference in Paris, CINET launched a Best Practice Activity Plan 2013 – 2014, including a 350-pages, full-colour publication titled “The World of PTC, Volume I, Safe & Sustainable Processing”, describing the sustainability of drycleaning and industrial laundering. Additional scientific studies, reports and documentation will be made available on a regular basis, as well as case news and case histories, starting January 2014. In close cooperation with CINET members and international suppliers, a step-by-step approach will be developed to stimulate applying Best Practices on a national basis in European countries, as well as elsewhere around the globe.
Best Practices at the Jet Expo
Esteemed international industry experts at this conference exchanged knowledge, the latest findings and, most importantly, opened the way to profiling the PTC industry and to demonstrating its ability to meet the challenging demands of governments and clients. The French Association FFPB announced that the first European country where this project will be implemented will be France.
CINET’s program E-DryClean for implementing Best Practices
A few years ago, an international consortium has developed an international E-learning program for adequately learning Best Practices. With this program, the textile care industry has the tools to guarantee a healthy, safe and sustainable professional textile care industry, in Europe and beyond. Certification programs provide incentives to dry cleaners to improve their day-to-day operations and give practical tools to communicate the safe and sustainable operation to customers and surrounding residence. Scientific research has evidenced that when Best Practice methods are used, the processes in professional textile cleaning are safe and sustainable. In addition, the strictest environmental demands can be met, like the environmental legislation in Germany, Northern Europe, the Netherlands, etc.
A bit of Background Information
The current legislation in the European Union has regulated the exposure to and emission of Perc for health and environmental safety. By now, the technical developments and innovations have reduced the emission levels to far below the values stated in the so-called SED directive (European Solvents Emissions Directive).
Because Perc has been used in the industry for a long time, extensive research and studies into the health and safety effects of exposure to Perc are readily available. Many of these studies have been carefully evaluated by health organisations like the World Health Organization, resulting in a scientifically based, well-evaluated conclusion on the relation between exposure and health effects of Perc. Safe concentration limits for exposure of dry cleaning employees, neighbouring residents and customers to Perc were set up to ensure health and safety during lifetime exposure.
In the Netherlands, during a pilot study of 215 dry cleaning companies in 2001, an 80% reduction of emission was achieved after implementation of the Best Practice methods. With the present knowledge and use of the current available modern technology, chemicals and work methods emissions can be reduced to far below the limits, as scientifically identified.
CINET’s Kick Off Conference “Best Practices Professional Textile Cleaning”
CINET joined forces with experts worldwide and established a globally accepted reference document “The International Standard of Safe & Sustainable Processing in PTC” as well as E-DryClean. This document explains the sustainability of modern Professional Textile Cleaning processes and shows textile care professionals exactly how to go about it while working with solvents.
The Professional Textile Care business is be welcomed and appreciated in many countries around the world as an excellent solution to the environment as well as the welfare and wellbeing of humans. Esteemed international industry experts exchanged knowledge, the latest findings and, most important, opened the way to profiling the PTC industry and to demonstrating its ability to meet the demands of governments and clients. Sustainability in PTC is the key to future success.
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