Cintas switching to 'green' cleaner
Cintas Corp. is transitioning all 175 of its laundry plants across North American to a new environmentally friendly cleaner.
Cintas Corp. is transitioning all 175 of its laundry plants across North American to a new environmentally friendly cleaner produced by Cincinnati-based Washing Systems LLC.
Washing Systems’ product, sold under the trade name Structure, is free of phosphates and ethylene diamine tetra-acetic acid (EDTA), which have been found to alter the oxygen and metallic levels naturally found in the environment.
Structure is also completely biodegradable and made from renewable resources, the companies said in a press release this week.
“Cintas is committed to being a good environmental steward and seeks to help our customers and communities make positive impacts on the environment in any way we can,” said Scott Farmer, CEO of Cintas.
As the Business Courier reported in 2010, Cintas became the first company in the industrial laundry industry to transition to detergents that are free of nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE), a highly toxic “gender-bending” chemical commonly used in industrial detergents. Two years later, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued an action plan to eliminate the use of NPE from all industrial applications and consumer products.
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