The National : DRY CLEANER MAY 2017
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL DRYCLEANER & LAUNDERER MARCH APRIL MAY 2017 17 “We have a shredder bin for all paper (not only to stay within our environmental policy but also to protect our customers personal information within our business) and all of our cardboard, notebooks, etc are recycled. Every six weeks the House With No Steps picks it up and takes it away for recycling. “We also encourage our customers to return all plastics (not only supplied by Pride but also by a competitor) that we place on their clothes to our shop for recycling.” “It is rewarding to us and our customers to know that through recycling, our plastics are creating benches for local schools and not polluting our beautiful waterways or going into landfill. Pride are proud to be associated and working with Samantha Cross and the Plastic Police. “We would like to encourage other businesses to support this exciting initiative by becoming a member of the program. To find out more or to participate in this worthwhile program contact Jennie at Pride or visit http://crossconnections.com. au/plastic-police- partnerships/ The bank of three new Fagor washer extractors use much, much less water than the old washer extractors they replaced. Pride have also changed the boiler from the original 1942 plate to a brand new East Coast Steam gas fired boiler in 2015. It uses 50% less gas and is therefore more ecofriendly, and that is good for their eco- footprint. “But the fact is, it also cuts a quarter off our energy bill!” *(How long is it since you looked at the operating costs associated with your drycleaning machines, washers, dryers, your boiler? You could be pleasantly surprised to find that trading up pays for itself.) The couple said the quarter million-dollar investment in new plant and equipment is paying dividends on so many levels. Their chemical costs have been cut by *70% and energy costs by 25%. Another project they have in hand is skinning the metal ceiling of their building with 4cm thick styrofoam to reduce the heat in summer. Like many factories, it has a tin roof with skylights, and can be very hot. Think of the coated styrofoam sheets that you sometimes see under fruit and veg and meat from supermarkets. The darker coated side would be factory facing, and painted white, with the white reflective side lodged below the roof line. Although they have taken other steps, such as lagging pipes, and putting covers on machinery where possible to prevent radiant heat, this extra step will make the factory cooler for the staff. “We aim to be a new breed of dry cleaners,” they said. “We are consciously treading much more lightly on the planet and our choice of equipment and processes is part of that. INDUSTRY PARTICIPATION Over many years I have become (more than) a little tired of hearing how people “don’t have time” and “are too tired” to go to industry events.