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Cintas Honored with Sustainability All-Star Award

Apparel magazine recognizes Cintas’ green apparel programs for innovative design, commitment to conservation

Chicago, March 24, 2010Cintas Corporation today announced that its eco-friendly clothing concepts were awarded Apparel magazine’s second annual Sustainability All-Star Award at the Apparel Tech Conference West in Irvine, Calif. To qualify for the award, applicants had to show a commitment to making their businesses more sustainable along with their plan for evolving that commitment.

"Innovation is a key ingredient behind the success of most eco-friendly products and services, and Cintas continues to be the leader of conservation in the apparel service industry," said Bill Goetz, Cintas’ president and chief operating officer of global accounts and strategic markets. "Cintas takes pride in conducting business in a way that minimizes resources and materials. We do our part to leave a better world for our children and future generations."

As part of Cintas’ business-wide green initiative, the company developed eco-friendly apparel collections that offer style, comfort, functionality and environmental sustainability. This clothing caters to any business seeking a professional image, while making the environment a top priority and demonstrating corporate responsibility.

Cintas’ green apparel collections are made from post-consumer waste, keeping as many as 25 plastic bottles out of landfills per suit. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, apparel made from recycled materials uses 66 percent less energy compared to the manufacturing of polyester fiber. This process also reduces water usage by 90 percent and helps eliminate harmful air emissions.

The flexible, durable and eco-friendly fabric is also machine washable, which reduces the use of toxins and harsh chemicals used in the dry cleaning process. Plus, since the collection does not require professional cleaning, employees benefit from lower laundering costs. These savings could reach $1,000 per employee annually. The life expectancy of the green garments is the same as other collections, provided laundering instructions are followed.

By choosing one of the five eco-friendly apparel lines from Cintas, companies can go green without sacrificing image or quality. While some businesses have dismissed eco-friendly programs as too costly, Cintas’ eco-apparel lines have similar pricing structures to its traditional apparel lines.

Apparel's award program was developed in response to the growing awareness throughout the apparel industry for the need to implement practices that will build more sustainable supply chains, resulting in safer products, a cleaner Earth, a healthier populace, less waste, more productivity and bigger profits.

For more information about Cintas, visit www.cintas.com or www.docandamelia.com. For more information about Apparel magazine or the Sustainability All-Star Awards, visit www.apparelmag.com or call 973-607-1300.

About Cintas:

Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom supplies, promotional products, first aid, safety, fire protection products and services and document management services for approximately 800,000 businesses. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a Nasdaq-100 company and component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

About Apparel:

Apparel magazine is the leading b-to-b publication for apparel industry executives, with a focus on technology, new products, business strategy, retail and more. It also produces the apparelmag.com web site, the Apparel Executive Forum, Apparel's Tech Conference & All-Star Awards and Apparel's Executive Roundtables. VNU Business Publications USA, which publishes Apparel magazine, publishes 66 b-to-b titles in the entertainment, media, marketing, fast-moving consumer goods, retail, merchandising, performance, travel and design industries. Its portfolio includes Billboard, The Hollywood Reporter, Adweek, National Jeweler, Progressive Grocer, and Successful Meetings.

 



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