The Annual “Best of GBB ” Awards recognize members of the Green Business Bureau who have created greener business and demonstrated a commitment to sustainability with tangible actions and results.
America’s Best Cleaners is a GBB Platinum Level Certified partner and works with the bureau to write and assess green initiatives specific to the garment care industry. The two organizations have worked together since 2009 to reduce the environmental impact of garment care services.
“America’s Best Cleaners has been a leader in sustainability for well over two decades,” says GBB Chief Executive Officer Tom Permatteo. “They have worked with the Green Business Bureau not only to improve their own organization, but to bring real and practical solutions to their Affiliate membership and partners. ABC has spread the message that sustainable business practices are critical to the long-term success of any company competing in the garment care industry, and they continue to make a huge positive impact on the planet and in their community.”
“I’m so happy and pleased that our entire affiliation and network of partners is being recognized for our over 20-year commitment to the environmental movement in the garment care industry,” says ABC Executive Director Chris White. “We take pride in our leadership position from our early adoption of liquified CO2 cleaning, professional wet cleaning, and implementing the world’s only bio-based textile cleaning agent, SystemK4.”
White understands that there’s still work to do in this area, and ABC is ready and willing to assist.
“We continue to work with our technology partners to implement paperless tagging, invoicing, and manifesting to reduce our consumption of paper and further our pursuit of products, equipment, and techniques to lower single-use plastic consumption and energy,” he says. “Our continued educational partnerships with fashion design houses, textile manufacturers, fashion institutes, and retailers have positioned us as critical partners in the circular fashion movement as we learn and share with each other how to lower our carbon footprint.”
ABC continues to seek out opportunities to help its affiliates build sustainable businesses and believes that continuous improvement is the secret to true sustainability. To maintain focus on environmentally green efforts, all affiliates are required to endorse ABC’s environmental position. More than 95% of ABC Affiliates are certified GBB members.
“Our work with the Green Business Bureau continues to be a mission of positive growth and transparency in every initiative we define and accomplish,” White says. “We are honored that our certification and this award are built from meaningful actions taken by every person in our sphere of influence.”