Experts sign International Standard in Safe & Sustainable Textile Cleaning!

May 6 at Texcare International in Frankfurt, The international umbrella organisation for the professional textile care industry CINET presented a new international standard in Safe & Sustainable Textile Cleaning. 10 international experts from 3 different continents signed a reference document including Best Practices in Safe & Sustainable processing for the Professional Textile Care industry at the CINET Global Info Square Meeting. The international associations participating in the project are: Drycleaning & Laundry Institute (US), ECSA (BE), Donghua University Shanghai (CN), CTTN-IREN (FR), TKT (NL), Gremi de Tintores I Bugaders (ES), Laundry Network Singapore (SG), Textile Testing Institute (CZ), Organisation for Applied Scientific Research TNO (NL) and CINET.

Sustainable future for everyone!
The signing of the reference document marks the start of an internal promotion program providing documentation and information on Best Practices in Safe & Sustainable Textile Cleaning. CINET provides the online training program E-Dryclean to explain the sustainability of modern PTC operations and guide PTC professionals to safe, sustainable and globally accepted working processes that are 2-3 times more sustainable than domestic textile cleaning. The training program will be available for all interested PTC professionals that can subscribe to the program at After successfully finishing the training program a “Sustainable Textile Cleaner Certificate” will be provided to the graduate which allows PTC professionals to demonstrate their sustainability. The certificate profiles the drycleaner as a modern, professional and sustainable textile cleaner.

The online E-DryClean training program was set up in November 2008. The aim of the project is to establish a European technological reference of best practices for safe and sustainable working conditions to work with a variety of textile cleaning processes that comply with new European, as well as national, legislation. Six modules in 7 languages for sustainable dry cleaning processing are developed, presenting the latest safe and sustainable working methods. CINET the International Committee of Textile Care (CINET), is the umbrella organization pooling national textile care associations, research institutes, suppliers and PTC professionals worldwide. CINET´s international mission is to build a Global Network of industry experts and represent and promote the textile care industry. The global partnership of CINET consists of 48 members and 103 liaisons coming from 45 different countries.

From left to right:
D. Vanmeirhaeghe (CINET), T.P. Chan (LNS), H. Gooijer (TKT), W. Marquardt (ECSA), C. Tebbs (DLI), A. Puértolas Campo & J. Muntané I Rabadan (GTiB) and P. Wennekes (CINET)