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Dropping the needle on reducing and reusing

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 14:21

While I like a good pub crawl as much as the next person, I’m currently more tuned in to the up-and-coming Record Store Crawls across the globe.

Get it? “Tuned in.” …Sorry.

Just step into my husband and I’s 700-square-foot apartment, and our living room is dedicated to shelves of LPs (all organized by genre, artist, and release date, of course) and a silver Audio-Technica turntable.

These collection events start in New York and Berlin on April 21, aka Record Store Day, with other cities following anytime between May and October. As per “crawl” fashion, the whole experience is community-oriented. You’re shuttled from record shop to record shop surrounded by individuals who are just as nuts about vintage vinyl as you are. Hooray! Plus, there are live performances, gift bags, and—my personal favorite—discounts to look forward to.   

With LP sales on the rise thanks to hipsters like me, even new artists are producing vinyl formats of their work. It may be nice to snag the latest release, but I’m honestly more interested in what used gems I can dig up. And I like to think of it as an eco-friendly choice too. Records have been made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) since the 1950s. If you know anything about plastics, PVC is notorious for ending up in landfills and staying there. By buying that old Rolling Stones 12-inch, Mother Nature is essentially thanking me.

Purchasing second-hand is always the environmentally conscious option—and not just when it comes to music. We could be talking fashion, home furnishings, or cars, and the principle is the same. Just because it didn’t first go into a blue bin doesn’t mean you’re not recycling. Your decision is still a diversion of wastefulness.

I’m not here to promote going on a Record Store Crawl. I’m not advocating for you to like records, for that matter. But everyone does indulge in a guilty pleasure from time to time. Just know that it doesn’t always have to be brand new for you to enjoy it.

By: Zarah Eads

   

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What is the most sustainable way to wash your clothes?

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 11:17

What is the most sustainable way to wash your clothes? This seems like a simple question.

But consider a couple of important factors that bear on the answer. For instance, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, whose mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular sustainable economy, the washing of clothing containing polyester, nylon, and acrylic fibers results in some half a million tons of plastic microfibers going down the laundry drains of the world each year. This is equivalent to 50 billion plastic bottles being released annually into the ocean as a result of washing these textiles.

Just as importantly, disposing of garments quickly (as in the trend towards fast fashion) rather than caring for higher quality garments over a longer period adds significantly to the amount of textiles being discarded. In another report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, it is estimated on a worldwide basis that currently one garbage truck of textiles is being landfilled or burned every second!

From a sustainability point of view, we believe that the closed loop nature of dry cleaning eliminates the down-the-drain problems associated with the release of plastic microfibers to our world’s oceans. And it permits the long term care of high quality natural fiber garments thereby minimizing the damaging effects on our world’s landfills and from the CO2 emissions attributed to much of the waste created by garments not cared for over time.

Thus, the answer to what is the most sustainable way to wash your clothes is actually a trick question. For the most sustainable way to care for your clothes, and the environment, is actually to dry clean them!

By: Ron Benjamin

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Another great story on a GreenEarth Affiliate

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 14:45
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!

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 17:10
waste 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 …

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SBA Update No Cause For Concern

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:07

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 …

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Sustainable Customers

Thu, 11/09/2017 - 17:12

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 …

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Get Clean Here!

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 16:33

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.…

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Bringing The GreenEarth Family Together

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 16:33

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.

It’s so nice to see lots of familiar faces and new ones …

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Oxxo Care Cleaners Story in Miami Herald!

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 11:09

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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Don’t Be Green Washed

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 09:40

Don’t Be Green Washed

By: Aaron Newport

Most people by now are aware of the dangers of traditional dry cleaning methods. A chemical known as “PERC”, still widely used in dry cleaning today, has been classified as a likely …

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Achieving Sustainability – A Key Ingredient

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:51

Achieving Sustainability

By: Ron Benjamin

The overall goal of achieving sustainability for our planet requires that all systems on the planet are also becoming more sustainable over time. And while there are large-scale world-wide endeavors, such as manufacturing, agriculture and …

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Our Culture Matters

Thu, 08/24/2017 - 16:40

Our Culture Matters

By: Joe Blaha

It is with pride that GreenEarth Affiliates, their employees and yes, their customers benefit from a culture that thrives on being the best in the industry.

GreenEarth is consistently recognized as the leader in …

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Sustainable Pyjamas Make the Mark

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:50

Sustainable Pyjamas Make the Mark

By: Garry Knox

Clothing Giant Primark has recently announced its first sustainable cotton clothing range, which includes sustainable Pyjamas – it’s good to see that this is not an issue that they are sleeping on.…

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Green is the New Black

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:52

Green is the New Black

By: Tara Clark

The goal of the GreenEarth dry cleaner is to provide customers will an exceptional and sustainable service at a fair price. To this end, the GreenEarth system allows operators to deliver an …

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Maximized Sustainability – End To End

Tue, 07/11/2017 - 17:17

Maximized Sustainability – End To End

By: Ron Benjamin

In most cases, the measure of sustainability is straightforward and addresses one step in an overall process. For example, in the dry cleaning business, people often consider the solvent in which …

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Green Heating Sees Red

Fri, 06/30/2017 - 16:04

Green Heating Sees Red

By: Garry Knox

The right kind of heating today is a global issue with many impacts. Not just in terms of its efficiency from an environmental point of view but as prices rise, a cost perspective …

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The GreenEarth Platform of Responsible Sustainability

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 16:27
The GreenEarth Platform of Responsible Sustainability

By Joe Blaha

The advantages of a chemical solvent over water based methods of cleaning textiles were discovered in the 1800’s when the realization that stains that would not come out in water would …

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It’s Classic Cleaners again

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:48

It’s Classic Cleaners again

Out of the business for the past eight years but with more than 20 years of experience in dry cleaning, Janice C. Gray relaunched Classic Cleaners on Northside Drive East near Walgreens in March.

“It’s been …

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Sustainable Living – More Than Just Recycling

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:14

Sustainable Living – More Than Just Recycling

By: Aaron Newport

Sustainable living consists of more than just recycling and it is a warm feeling to see so many businesses in nearly every industry taking positive strides toward a sustainable planet …

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Global Names Sign Up To Circular Fashion System

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 17:01

Global Names Sign Up To Circular Fashion System

By: Garry Knox

Global brands including H&M, Adidas and Marks & Spencer have signed up to a The Call to Action for a Circular Fashion System at the recent Copenhagen Fashion Summit …

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