For many years, Arrow has honored our customers’ wishes regarding green cleaning. Now Arrow has formalized its “green” cleaning program under the name Arrow GreenCare℠. The Arrow promise to its Arrow GreenCare customers is that all their cleaning will be environmentally friendly. To that end, Arrow employs the siloxane silicone method known as GreenEarth®* which has been extensively tested as an earth-safe process. Arrow also uses an alternative method, that manages “green cleaning” through a professional wet-cleaning system using special surfactants and water temperature with limited agitation, to achieve a healthy clean garment.
The Arrow Green Scene - Dry Cleaning Alternatives
Fortunately, the dry cleaning industry has evolved sufficiently that we can now offer the public two fine alternatives. Any customer requesting green dry cleaning can be assured that their garments will be processed in either GreenEarth siloxane solution or in Arrow's professional wet cleaning solution, using water as the primary solvent, with earth-friendly surfactants doing the soil extraction in sophisticated, computer-controlled machines. These special wetcare machines are designed to extract deeper soils while agitation and abrasion are kept to a minimum.
Voluntary and Mandated Emission Controls
Even before EPA rulings of the 1980's, Arrow regulated its liquid emissions by preventing any harmful runoff into sanitary sewers or surrounding land. We accomplished this with containment pans under any equipment that "might" be responsible for any solvent spill or leak. When the technology became available and advanced enough, we installed a soil vapor extraction system to provide additional monitoring. We use a specially-licensed recycler for disposal of potential contaminants such as still residue and left-over dyes that cannot be recycled onsite.
Degrading "The Plastic Bags"
While polyfilm coverings keep customers' clothing tidy and clean during transport, the polyfilm industry is only now beginning to recognize the need to reduce or eliminate the non-degradable film from landfills around the globe. Arrow is proactively offering degradable polyfilm coverings on Arrow GreenCare orders. The new films are designed to degrade into an earth-friendly dust or flakes within two years. We advise customers to remove the bags before storing their items long-term in closets or drawers because the degradation process will begin in approximately two years.
Re-Cycling Through Re-Use
In an effort to further protect your garments, Arrow introduced the re-usable Arrow GreenCare transport bag. It serves a dual purpose, depending upon its configuration. It is convertible as a convenient bag for transporting your clothing TO Arrow. When your garments are clean, the GreenCare bag converts to a covering for your clothes.
If you are among the many who find wire hangers collecting on the closet floor or in piles destined for the trash, Arrow will take them in and recycle them. If bagged, we will accept them at our counter location on Troost. We will pick them up from our residential route customers if they are bagged separately from the clothing and marked for pickup. We also provide wire hanger recycling caddys.
Arrow is working with the Kansas City Rehabilitation Institute to send wire hangers to for a planned recycling program. www.rehabkc.org
Other Ways Arrow Targets"Greening"
Over the past few years, Arrow has trimmed electrical usage by managing electrical shut-offs in the plant. We re-roofed the building with white, sun-reflective roofing material and installed roof-mounted evaporative coolers. The building has limited-area air conditioning, thermal-pane windows, energy-efficient overhead doors at our docks, and all lighting fixtures are using "low-e" replacement bulbs.
A Growing Benefit: Eco-Affiliations
Each new customer coming to Arrow's GreenCare program will be honored with an Arrow donation to the Heartland Tree Alliance. HTA is a resource for helping to manage the "urban and community forest" in conjunction with Bridging the Gap. Kansas City's economic benefit from its trees exceeds $51 million and arborists are encouraging even more planting. www.heartlandtreealliance.org
Arrow is pleased to be part of the KCP&L "M-Power" initiative to manage future power needs while eliminating or postponing the construction of new generating plants. www.MPowerKansasCity.com
Sustainability, and Renewable Resources!
Green technology continues to be very important here at Arrow, so taking advantage of the opportunity presented to us from Brightergy earlier this year to install solar energy panels on the roof of our 26,000 square foot main facility just made perfect sense for us.
Thanks to Brightergy, a grant from KCP&L, State and Federal tax credits, this investment was clearly a no-brainer! The payback on our investment will begin immediately, once the system is hooked up, and put online by KCP&L. We have been a participant in KCP&L’s Demand Response Incentive program M Power, since 2008, but the solar energy project presented a far greater opportunity for us to help the environment, while also helping us control energy costs.
We are continually looking for ways to make our business more environmentally friendly, through instituting green cleaning systems, such as GreenEarth solvent, and new wet-cleaning systems, also by lowering our water consumption, recycling of paper, cardboard, poly bags, plastics, etc. We have upgraded equipment for greater efficiency, such as our new low energy lighting system in 2010, and our new high efficiency boiler in 2011 which improved our natural gas usage by 50%, to help control our costs of doing business and in addition to that we get to help the environment, what a great win-win! Now as we enter our 100th year in business, our future is looking brighter than ever!
* GreenEarth® is a registered trademark of GreenEarth Cleaning