All Ontario Outlets of The Dry Cleaner to Significantly Reduce Plastic Waste

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Ontario-based chain of dry cleaning operators announce the introduction of reusable shirt and garment bags at all of their 80 locations in Loblaws, Zehrs and Fortino's grocery stores province-wide. The reduction of plastic poly wrap on just 50% of orders in the first year would save so much plastic film that, if it were placed end to end along the 401, it would stretch all the way from Windsor to Cornwall, over 600km.

We really felt their focus on bringing a green principles to people living in cities and towns in Ontario made them the perfect choice

based chain of dry cleaning operators announced the introduction of reusable shirt and garment bags at all of their 80 locations in Loblaws, Zehrs and Fortino grocery stores province-wide. The company aims to reduce the use of plastic poly wrap on 50% of orders in the first year, moving toward a goal of totally eliminating the wrap across the business by 2012. As part of this initiative, The Dry Cleaner will donate the proceeds from all sales of their fabric bags on Earth Day, April 22nd 2009 to the environmental charity Evergreen.

Said a company spokesperson, "We are fortunate that the grocery business has already paved the way for this transition. Our customers have wholeheartedly adopted the bring-your-own-bag philosophy and we realize there is not only a demand to adapt but huge benefits all around for being the first dry cleaning chain to create a closed loop system for packing orders. As a customer, when you buy a garment bag, that becomes your permanent packing solution. Bring it in with your next order and then pick it up again filled with clean clothes. They're durable, reusable and great for storage and nothing ends up in a landfill.

This really is the last frontier of non-recyclable plastic in Ontario. Many municipalities have already moved to include grocery bags as recyclable items in their blue bins, but no one has yet found a way to make filmy dry cleaning poly recyclable. Our solution, rather than encourage the development of an industrial process in order to divert dry cleaning wrap from landfill, is simply to try to remove the film from circulation as much as possible. We save landfill space, we save many barrels of crude oil and in the long run, we save money, and that savings gets passed along to our customers."

The company estimates a 50% reduction in packaging in a single year would save so much plastic film that, if it were placed end to end along the 401, it would stretch all the way from Windsor to Cornwall, over 600KM. A 100% reduction in plastic wrap would save nearly 650 barrels of crude oil per year, or enough gasoline for a 4-door sedan to make the 31,000 km trip from Anchorage, Alaska to the tip of Argentina more than 50 times.

The Dry Cleaner outlets will begin selling the bags on Saturday, April 18, just in time for Earth Day. Shirt bags will be available for $0.99 and garment bags for $1.99. The company has chosen Evergreen to receive the proceeds from the Earth Day sales. "We really felt their focus on bringing a green principles to people living in cities and towns in Ontario made them the perfect choice," said the spokesperson. "The point of this initiative is to help our customers move closer to fully reconciling their urbanized way of life to the urgent need for waste reduction across the province. We hope that by doing our part, we'll inspire other businesses to find ways to work waste-reduction programs into their mandates, and build a business climate in Ontario that champions responsible packaging."

COMPANY INFORMATION
The Dry Cleaner Inc. has operated over 80 locations in Ontario since 1994 and currently serves 50,000 customers across the province. We offer convenient locations, personalized service and quality cleaning at competitive prices.

For more information, visit http://www.thedrycleaner.com

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