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Cintas Introduces Innovative, Eco-Friendly Scrub Apparel Line

Made with REPREVE®, recycled fibers, EcoGeneration by Cintas™ scrubs gives the healthcare industry new way to go green

CHICAGO, January 31, 2011Cintas Corporation (NASDAQ: CTAS) today introduced EcoGeneration by Cintas™ scrubs, a first-of-its-kind, eco-apparel option designed for the healthcare industry. This new apparel line is constructed with REPREVE® recycled fibers, which are woven into a wearable, comfortable scrub line.

“Healthcare is one of the largest and fastest-growing segments of our economy,” said Brent Schafer, Vice President of Healthcare, Cintas. “EcoGeneration by Cintas™ scrubs gives healthcare providers the opportunity to reduce their impact on the environment. Outfitting staff in eco-friendly apparel may seem like a small step towards environmental responsibility, but in an industry that employs more than 13 million workers, the potential impact is huge. In fact, for every 500 nurses outfitted in these scrubs, 11 cubic yards – or about 4 small-sized commercial dumpsters of waste – is diverted from the landfill.”

REPREVE, made by Unifi, Inc., is made from 100 percent recycled materials making it one of the most earth-friendly ingredients you’ll find anywhere. REPREVE fibers are traceable, transparent and certified through Unifi's U TRUST™ verification program.

“By choosing products made with REPREVE, Cintas customers can be confident in the claims around recycled content,” said Roger Berrier, executive vice president for Unifi. “Repreve provides Cintas with a trusted, sustainable solution for its new EcoGeneration scrub line.”

Now, healthcare providers have a comfortable, environmentally preferable apparel alternative to traditional scrub programs. It features moisture-wicking properties to keep the wearer cool and dry, as well as Cintas’ unique ComfortFLEX™ mechanical stretch for easy movement. A wear testing program showed 96 percent of workers preferred the ComfortFLEX™ over other polyester/cotton blends. Machine washable and available in special petite, tall and women’s sizes, the scrubs are constructed to fit fashionably and comfortably.

“Cintas believes that quality eco-apparel should benefit the environment but not compromise comfort,” added John Savage, Director of Healthcare Marketing, Cintas.” This scrub line gives healthcare workers the satisfaction of knowing they’re doing something that benefits the environment, while meeting their fit and comfort needs.”

This new eco-scrub line is a shining example of Cintas’ corporate-wide initiative to support the growth and development of minority and woman-owned businesses. Fair Glory, a minority-owned business, is responsible for the manufacturing of the collection.

“Our goal is to educate, help develop and provide sourcing opportunities that will enable these vendors to be successful as our suppliers and in our nation's business world,” said Pamela Coleman, Senior Director of Supplier Diversity and Sustainability, Cintas. “The EcoGeneration scrubs are a socially responsible product line that we are proud to offer through our supplier diversity program.”

The EcoGeneration by Cintas™ scrub line is available as a product option through the Cintas Caregiver Identification Program, which establishes clear identification among caregivers enhancing patient satisfaction.

For more information, go to www.cintashealthcare.com/scrubs.

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 component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

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Repreve is a trademark of Unifi, Inc. and is registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and with others.

 



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