The word ‘green’ is everywhere.
In the news, politics, fashion, technology and the obvious subjects are weather and global warming. Every action we take now has and will have an impact on the world and our children’s future environment for many years to come.
Churchill is always looking for ways to help reduce the amount of waste produced as a byproduct of our services.
Our dry cleaning machines filter the perc (perchloroethylene) used in the dry cleaning process. After a cleaning cycle has finished, our machines return the used perc back through a filter for re-use. This process carries on until the left over perc is no longer re-usable due to the presence of too many contaminants from the cleaning process. Unusable perc is collected by a specialist waste disposal company, it does not enter into normal waste and does not pose such a hazard to the environment.
To further reduce waste, we ensure our machines are run with the maximum load possible then share this information with the local council.
Our Plastic Bags
The plastic bags that cover our dry cleaning are made from LLDPE (linear low
density polyethylene), which is an un-pigmented plastic film that feels slightly tacky to the touch. This plastic can be recycled and has a recycle code of 4. Churchill encourages customers to bring in any unused plastic covering if they are unable to recycle it themselves. We also make a note of the customers who have requested no plastic packaging.
Our duvet bags are made of heavier material and are not readily recyclable. We therefore ensure that customers re-use the duvet bags we’ve previously provided and we use the same bag when returning items to the customer.
Our Metal Hangers
As you may have guessed, Churchill uses a lot of clothes hangers.
Hangers that are made entirely of metal are recyclable, as are hangers made entirely of plastic.
Hangers that are a mix of metal and plastic cannot be recycled easily because the mixed materials cannot be readily separated. Some plastic or metal hangers incorporate an easily removed second material (i.e. paper wrapping on a metal hanger, or metal clips on a plastic hanger). These can be recycled if the two materials are separated.
Reusing is preferable to recycling and Churchill encourages customers to bring back any of our unused hangers for reuse.
We do the same with safety pins as well.
Life Of Your Clothes
Churchill believes in ensuring clothes are not discarded before they reach the end of their life. Our alteration and repair service helps with this initiative. What’s more, fashion trends always seem to repeat every few years so items not currently being worn might be the hottest style once again. The suite of ‘clothes moth’ and ‘moisture repellent’ products that we sell in the Churchill Shop help our customers to keep clothes for longer periods.
Every little bit we can do can make a difference to the environment. Churchill is helping by doing what it can.