National Clothesline Article On Rent The Runway

Disruptor of Dry Cleaning
Imagine a competitor with a 200,00-sq.-ft. plant that can process 5,000 pieces per hour, targets high income customers in the 25 to 40 age group. This competitor has already raised $130,000 million to fund its growing business and has the goal of capturing 10 percent of the $7 billion U.S. dry cleaning market. 

This is not an imaginary competitor. It’s Rent the Runway, which aims to replace the closet in the home with a closet in the cloud.

A look inside this operation was provided by Charles Ickes, former chief logistics officer of New York-based Rent the Runway, who spoke during the National Cleaners Association’s Texcare event in Secaucus, NJ, in October.

The company was started in 2009 by two Harvard Business School classmates, Jennifer Fleiss and Jennifer Hyman, who thought women might be interested in renting rather
than owning high-fashion attire.

The company was still relatively small by the time Ickes joined it in 2011, handling 150,000 pieces per year with all the dry cleaning outsourced. He brought with him a background in dry cleaning having worked for Madame Paulette in New York and Dependable Cleaners in Massachusetts.

Now he said the company’s dry cleaning facility near Secaucus is the largest in the world with enough business to keep its 78 dry cleaning machines spinning through two shifts a day with four million pieces cleaned in 2017.

Rent the Runway’s customers can make their selection on-line at renttherunway.com or at one of the company’s brick-and-mortar stores in New York, Chicago, Washington, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The price of the rental is a fraction of what it would cost to buy the garment outright and that price includes shipping to and from the customer and, of course, the dry cleaning.

“Dry cleaning is not something that is really important to Rent the Runway,” he said. “It’s something they do on the side. They’re really out to disrupt fast fashion but you, the dry cleaner, will probably be collateral damage.”

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Tips for living plastic free in 2018

Tips for living plastic free in 2018

By: Garry Knox
1 – Bring your own shopping bag
Even though in some countries there is a charge for getting a carrier bag from your store, many people bring their own bags JUST for groceries. Start bringing a bag for clothes and other products too. A great way to achieve this is to take a back pack everywhere you go, and store a couple of fabric bags in there too!
2 – Carry a reusable water bottle
Again, most back packs have a place to store a bottle securely. And keep an eye out for water fountains wherever you are, so that you can top it up easily, and you’re not tempted to buy a bottle whilst you’re out… you’ll be saving cash too! Add fruit or a sprig of mint and place the bottle in the fridge for an hour before you go out, to make it more refreshing.
3 – Bring your own coffee cup
You can buy reusable coffee cups quite cheaply now from stores and coffee houses and again, can be stored in that back pack. You can either make the coffee before you leave the house but also, lots of coffee houses now offer a small discount if you use your own mug.
4 – Pack your lunch in reusable containers
Depending on what you have for lunch, most plastic containers are great for keeping your food fresh. Most say that they are dishwasher proof but make sure they are on the top rack, so that they keep their shape. Alternatively wash them by hand.
5 – Say no to plastic straws and cutlery
Unless you can use plastic cutlery time and time again, say NO. I do have a spork (spoon and fork) that I was given in a food store in Amsterdam and have used many times but generally, plastic cutlery breaks easily. Have your own cutlery ready and reduce the demand for plastic.
I hate straws in drinks anyway but, always look to see if they have them in the bar when you arrive and just say “No straws please” when you place your order. You’ll soon get into the habit.
In most fast food places, straws are optional now, so just lift the lid off and sip away!
6 – Skip the plastic produce bags
Most fruit and veg is easily weighed or scanned without a bag. If not reuse the bag for as long as you can. If you go to a local fresh food market, the store staff can just put it into your bag for life for you when they’re done!
7 – Slow down and dine in
If you stay in, you are of course going to avoid plastic a bit more easily. Save money and eat more fresh and organic food.
8 – Store left overs in glass jars
Firstly, it’s great NOT to waste food, so try to cook just the right amount. But if you want to store left overs, have some glass jars of different sizes handy or some ‘microwave safe’ glass dishes.
9 – Buy a backpack
It’s been a recurring theme amongst these tips, of how useful they are. Get yourself one for shopping and storing. And perhaps walk to places a bit more, stopping for water and coffee along the way, to enjoy the view!
10 – Share
Last but not least, is to share these tips. We as individuals can make a difference by making small changes to our lives but educating other people on how to live plastic free by sharing the article or social media posts can have an EVEN bigger impact. Why not do it now?!
Happy New Plastic Free Year!
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Another GreenEarth Affiliate Making Waves

Corporate/Hospitality Division Created at Lapels
Formed to better serve hotels and restaurants, company notes

HANOVER, Mass. — Lapels Dry Cleaning recently announced the formation of a corporate/hospitality division. The new division was formed to better serve hotels, restaurants and corporate

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Another great story on a GreenEarth Affiliate

Classic Cleaners is your GreenEarth Alternative
When Janice Gray opened Classic Cleaners, nearly 20 years ago, she never dreamed she would still be operating a dry cleaning business.  After the business sold several times and operated successfully for many years …
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Waste not, want not!

Waste not, want not!

By: Gary Knox
We often find ourselves in a situation where we are appalled by the amount of food that is thrown away. Not just by our loved ones but by fast food companies and supermarkets …The post Waste not, want not! appeared first on GreenEarth Cleaning.

SBA Update No Cause For Concern

SBA Update No Cause For Concern

By: Zarah Eads
The Small Business Administration (SBA) recently announced an update to its Standard Operating Procedure regarding Lender and Development Company Loan Programs. And once again, being a GreenEarth Affiliate pays …The post SBA Update No Cause For Concern appeared first on GreenEarth Cleaning.

Sustainable Customers

Sustainable Customers

By: Ron Benjamin
How can we build a world that is sustainable now?   How can we insure that our children’s children can continue to enjoy today’s world tomorrow?
Recently on October 20th, Professor Lorynn Divita of …The post Sustainable Customers appeared first on GreenEarth Cleaning.

Get Clean Here!

Get Clean Here!

By: Joe Blaha
GreenEarth Cleaning since 1999 has championed the introduction of the only truly sustainable, environmentally non-toxic, non-hazardous, affordable, and effective alternative to all those solvents available that are built upon a carbon based petrochemical foundation.…The post Get Clean Here! appeared first on GreenEarth Cleaning.

Bringing The GreenEarth Family Together

Bringing The GreenEarth Family Together

By: Garry Knox
The last weekend in September, saw GreenEarth® Affiliates come together once again in our home town of Kansas City, Missouri.
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Oxxo Care Cleaners Story in Miami Herald!

When Salomon Mishaan was a boy growing up in Colombia, he used to go to work with his father on Saturdays. There, in the family business, he learned the art of crafting yarn, weaving it into textiles and creating garments. …
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