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Reusable vs. disposable textiles

October 1st, 2014 / By: / Industry News

Certain reusable textile products are better for the environment than their disposable counterparts, according to a recent study commissioned by TRSA, an international commercial textile services trade organization located in Alexandria, Va. The research showed that mid-priced or upscale restaurant napkins, shoulder-to-shin gowns to protect clothing in a hospital and industrial wipers for cleaning up oil, grease, solvents, chemicals and other soils have lower environmental impact than paper or synthetic disposables. The research looked at the lifecycle of the products, from manufacturing through distribution, use and disposal. The study was conducted by Exponent Inc. of Menlo Park, Calif.

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