• OXXO Care Cleaners® To Open in Downtown Miami


    “Experiential Dry Cleaning” reaches the cities professionals beyond Brickell

    Miami, FL, November 6, 2018— OXXO Care Cleaners® , the leading environmentally
    friendly garment cleaning franchise, announced today that they will be opening their
    newest store  located at 243 NE Third Avenue, FL 33132 in Downtown Miami, FL, on
    December 1 st , 2018. This ideal location is a half block from the American Airlines Arena
    and just steps from the Holiday Inn.

    “Our Brickell location is booming so it was logical to continue to cater to the similar
    downtown market. Miami professonals truly value our “We Care” philosophy coupled
    with innovative equipment, quality and use of GreenEarth. This market particularly
    appreciates the 24/7 ATM drop off and pick up as well as our at home delivery service.
    We are proud to have made OXXO Care Cleaners a staple in South Florida, OXXO’s
    home, and growing in many cities across America, ” said Salomon Mishaan , CEO of
    OXXO Care Cleaners.

    OXXO will be the only dry cleaner in Downtown Miami that offers operational
    transparency, speed, quality, and ATM-style convenience. OXXO stores have same-day
    service available when ordered before 11:00 AM, or the next day if made after 2:00 PM.
    Jose Guillermo Leon Castellano, Downtown store owner, said: “We are so excited about
    opening Downtown. We saw a need for a new cleaning service –  there were no other
    dry cleaners in downtown like ours and in fact, only two traditional ones. Our Brickell
    sales results have been impressive and we are confident its because Miami’s
    professionals appreciate our unique offering and free delivery. Within the downtown, we
    are also targeting executives at offices and condos.”

    Jose Guillermo’s family owns three other successful OXXO franchises in Coral Gables,
    Palmetto, and Brickell, and he is the visionary for the downtown project. His storefronts
    are the only 5 star dry cleaners in their areas on Google. Now, the Downtown Miami
    residents that have demanding and busy schedules, will enjoy the most modern and
    innovative dry cleaning service right in their backyard.

    Jose Guillermo, proud owner of the Palmetto OXXO which borders Pinecrest,
    emphasizes how important knowing  his customers is and says, “My strategy for
    Pinecrest is very personalized – my team actually goes door to door to explain OXXO’s
    benefits. People love learning about our unique brand.”
    OXXO Miami customers are drawn to the unique combination of services offered—24/7
    ATM pick up/drop off, boutique-style setting, mobile payment app, use of GreenEarth,
    and on-premises hand ironing. “People truly like the familiarity of OXXO franchisee
    owners and the high-end dry cleaning experience. We’re very excited about amplifying
    our services in downtown,” said Jose Guillermo.

    Miami has also launched recent environmental initiatives, coinciding with OXXO’s
    mission of providing GreenEarth technology and solvents and Top Terra the most
    environmentally frendlly detergent. The GreenEarth Cleaning process uses liquid
    silicone in place of petrochemicals. Liquid silicone is a base ingredient in many

    everyday shampoos, conditioners and lotions, and is safe in contact with human skin.
    Top Terra produced with renewable components, elaborated from an ingredient derived
    from palm oil instead of fossil fuels and will be the only one of its kind in the U.S.
    OXXO CEO Salomon Mishaan concluded: “We are confident that the personalized
    service and experience we will offer at Downtown Miami will continue to drive loyalty for
    our brand throughout the region. We are enthusiastic for Downtown Miami residents to
    experience and embrace all the things we love about OXXO.”

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  • Colvin Cleaners Gives Back In A Big Way


    Due to overwhelming need for coats, Colvin Cleaners changes location for first distribution

    ree distribution of coats Saturday, Nov. 3, at Kenmore Knights of Columbus
    Due to an overwhelming outpouring of families in need of coats and winter items at the Colvin Cleaners warehouse last year, the company has moved this Saturday’s first free distribution to the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1530 Kenmore Ave., between Elmwood and Delaware Avenues in North Buffalo. It will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. One coat per person will be distributed. If children are not with adults, adult needs the children’s id numbers.
    The 23rd annual “Coats 4 Kids” program, supported by The Allstate Foundation and Fidelis Care, began its collection of winter items on Oct. 1. Donations can be made at Colvin Cleaners: 2375 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore; Allstate Insurance agencies; and Fidelis Care. For a complete listing and addresses of all locations, visit www.coats4kidswny.com.
    A record 6,077 coats were donated to “Coats 4 Kids” at its live drive with WIVB-TV last week.
    “From the phone calls our team at Colvin Cleaners has been receiving this month, we are planning for many families in need to attend our distribution on Saturday. The Knights of Columbus hall gives us much more room to display the coats by size and tables with the hats, gloves and scarves,” said Paul A. Billoni, president and CEO of the family-owned Colvin Cleaners. “Our goal at each of the distributions is to make the families and children feel as welcome as possible and to give them enough room and time to select that perfect coat to keep them warm this summer.”
    With the support of The Allstate Foundation and Fidelis Care, there are now more than 50 donation locations throughout Western New York, making it convenient for everyone to go through their closets and donate gently used or new winter coats, jackets, gloves, hats and scarves for toddlers to young adults for families in need this winter season.
    “Every year our goal remains the same: The ability to provide coats to all families who otherwise could not afford them. We all know how cold it gets here in WNY, so we need to make sure everyone can stay warm,” Billoni added.
    Over the past 23 years, Colvin Cleaners has collected, cleaned, sorted and distributed, for free, more than 80,000 coats to children in need throughout Western New York. Last year, a record 13,350 coats were distributed.
    Billoni said he continues to see the need increasing.
    “I am confident our generous neighbors throughout WNY will come through again for this much-needed drive,” he said. “For us, it is all worthwhile when families come in and go through the racks of coats or pick out a pair of gloves that will keep them warm this winter. When they smile or say ‘Thank you,’ it puts tears in your eyes.”
    Phil Billoni founded Colvin Cleaners more than 80 years ago. His brothers, Tony and Santo, worked in the business for more than 50 years. Tony’s son, Paul, has worked there for 42 years. His son, Christopher, is vice president and a third-generation member of the family business.
    Colvin Cleaners is the only area drycleaners to use the environmentally friendly Green Earth cleaning solution. For more information, visit www.colvincleaners.com.
    Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people’s lives. For more information, visit www.AllstateFoundation.org
    As a mission-driven health plan, Fidelis Care offers quality, affordable coverage for children and adults of all ages and at all stages of life, including products available through NY State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. With more than 1.6 million members statewide, Fidelis Care was founded on the belief that all New Yorkers should have access to affordable, quality health insurance. For more information, call Fidelis Care at 1-888-FIDELIS (1-888-343-3547) or visit www.fideliscare.org.
    The “Coats 4 Kids” distribution dates are:
    • Nov. 3: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo
    • Nov. 17: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., True Bethel Baptist Church, 907 E. Ferry St., Buffalo
    • Dec. 1: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Lake Erie Italian Club, 3200 South Park Ave., Lackawanna

     

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  • GreenEarth Affiliates Keep the Environment as Spiffy as the Clothes.


    At Vapor Sudden Service Cleaners, a change in focus helps keep the environment as spiffy as the clothes.

    Duke Quinones, owner of Vapor Sudden Service Cleaners in Monterey, has been in the laundering business his whole life. He bought the business from his father 45 years ago – Quinones was 32 at the time – and has seen the industry continue to evolve.

    “Over 90 percent of clothes purchased in the United States are made overseas now,” Quinones says.

    The challenge with that, he says, is that the fabrics are often not tested for dye loss or shrinkage.

    That means cleaners have to figure out those variables for themselves, and that often means having to do spot tests for dye loss so they don’t ruin a garment.

    “The downside of the industry is that it’s become tough,” he says. “I have a table that every day we put questionable garments on.”

    An upside, though, is the development of environmentally friendly dry cleaning solvents, and in that, Quinones was a pioneer: About 18 years ago, when he moved the business from its old Del Monte Avenue spot to its current location on 10th Street near the Naval Postgraduate School, Quinones took a leap.

    He decided to invest in a GreenEarth dry cleaning system – which utilizes liquid silicone (in essence, liquid sand) – that at the time was a brand new technology.

    “When we went to GreenEarth, we were 10th in the world to start using it, and we were only the one in the state of California at that time,” Quinones says. “It was a big risk – it wasn’t proven yet.”

    Watching the operation at Vapor on a recent afternoon, the cleaning area is abuzz with employees using machines to press shirts, pants and when requested, adding creases. Garments move through processes with seamless efficiency.

    Whenever there is a questionable garment – one where it’s unclear how it should be treated – it’s put on a table for Quinones to inspect it.

    Quinones, who runs the business with his wife, Patt, and son, Greg, says part of his business’ success can be attributed to the experience of their employees, some of whom have been there for 25 years.

    “Most of the employees here are really good at what they do,” Quinones says. “It’s about treating people like you want to be treated. Customers, and employees, too.”

    Quinones, who is now 76, says it’s likely his son will one day take over the business, but he has no plans to retire anytime soon.

    “It’s a purpose,” he says. “For me, it’s not work anymore. It’s in my blood, and I enjoy making customers happy, and I enjoy challenges.”

    See full article here.

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  • GreenEarth Affiliate OXXO continues to Flourish in Central Fla.


    Boom and bloom for drycleaning franchise in Central Fla.

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Calling itself the “friendly garment cleaning franchise founded on the ‘We Care’ philosophy,” OXXO Care Cleaners has bloomed in the Orlando, Fla., area with three recent franchise store locations popping up, and a fourth on the way, it reports.

    The franchise writes that, “Orlando customers love the unique combination of services offered — 24/7 ATM pickup/drop off, boutique-style setting, mobile payment app, use of GreenEarth® Cleaning, and on-premises hand ironing,” it notes.

    The company’s Orlando-area expansion comes amid the metro area’s booming growth and popularity, the company says. For the last four years, it relates, the area has undergone a profound economic transformation, from its airport expansion to the luxury residential boom downtown.

    “We are confident that the personalized service and experience offered at our Orlando locations will continue to drive loyalty for our brand throughout the region,” notes Salomon Mishaan, CEO.

    Guillermo Gallegos, owner of the firm’s Clermont store location, near Orlando, brings business experience from the manufacturing and industrial sectors. He most recently owned a Home Depot-style store in Venezuela. His store serves the city’s northwest region.

    “I fell in love with OXXO’s innovation as soon as I moved to Florida,” says Gallegos. “I actually became OXXO’s representative for all of Central and Northern Florida and am proud to own the Clermont store today.”

    Also, the franchise will expand again, it notes, at the end of this year with the planned opening of another store, this time in Winter Park, another nearby suburb, to be run by franchisee Reny Balsa.

    “Balsa, a food industry professional from Venezuela, knows how to cater to consumers who need fast, friendly, and convenient service,” the firm says, adding that, “In Venezuela, Reny’s family owns the food company that services Grupo Polar’s cafeterias.”

    “When I decided to come to the U.S.,” relates Balsa, “I identified Orlando as the perfect city in which to live and own a business, because it truly reflects the ‘American Dream’ – from Disney, where all dreams come trueto the city’s fast-growing STEM sector, which means Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.”

    Balsa feels that the city reflects the “anything is possible” mindset, as he calls it, “combining innovation and technology with a modern service that people today really need. People truly like the luxury drycleaning experience,” Balsa points out, and adds, “we’re very excited,” about the franchise opening its fourth area store.

    Read full story here. 

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  • GreenEarth Affiliate Doing It Right in Maine


    Not just cleaning clothes, creating fun environment

    CHICAGO — If you live in Maine, you might be a customer of Pratt Abbott Garment Care, the state’s largest provider of drycleaning, vended laundry and linen/uniform rental services.

    “One of the reasons we have all three business sectors is to provide volume to afford a management infrastructure which allows our employees growth opportunities,” says David Machesney, who, along with his father Jim, purchased the company in 1991.

    The other, he maintains, is because providing “everything clean” simplifies life for customers.

    The firm umbrellas 12 drycleaning facilities, eight vended laundries, and a 50,000-square-foot linen and uniform rental plant. By design, multiple revenue streams feed the Pratt Abbott enterprise.

    “Co-mingling,” he adds, “also allows us to run fully attended laundries and offset some of the labor cost from drycleaning revenue.”

    Thus, the vended laundries tend to make the drycleaning stores more profitable, and vice versa. Even better? The pairing creates “one-stop-shop” customer convenience. That’s important, according to Machesney, because Pratt Abbott “is in the business of selling time.”

    Uniform and linen rental, the most profitable of the firm’s business sectors, began in the 1970s, but only recently ballooned into super-performer status.

    Making up a robust 58% of total company revenue, the uniform and linen service provides pickup and delivery of cleaned and leased garments and linens. During the last 12 months, it has realized double-digit growth, according to Machesney. Thanks to the new plant’s size and equipment mix, he expects that growth rate to continue for the next two to five years.

    Committed to improvement, Machesney ensures his drycleaning locations, plants, and vended laundries operate at peak performance. He reinvests for big returns.

    “We continuously improve all our processes to provide innovative services that increase satisfaction, quality and value for our customers, and create profitable growth for our company,” he says.

    During the last decade, for example, he’s renovated several vended laundries, which resulted in a per-store revenue bump of 10-30% and utility cost savings of 50%. “We like to diversify our assets and control our destiny,” he notes, “so in addition to having the three different segments of garment care industry, we invest in commercial real estate to control our locations and further diversify our assets.

    “We absolutely want to continue to grow and solidify our market,” Machesney says. “If you can do something you like and be profitable along the way, that’s the ticket.”

    Machesney is ever on the hunt for new opportunities. His most recent development is new Express Laundry Centers in North Windham and Yarmouth, Maine.

    COMMUNITY

    It’s a journey, according to Machesney. “I didn’t look to get into the business to clean clothes. I wanted to run a business and I knew we needed enough size and infrastructure to do it right. I have 160 employees and five direct reports, and we try to make it a fun environment.”

    Grateful for the company’s success, Machesney and his team make a point to give back. “We are active volunteers of Junior Achievement,” he points out.

    Additionally, Pratt Abbott cleans 40,000 Coats for Kids each year and supports Camp Susan Curtis summer camp for underprivileged kids. “These kids are in tough situations and summer camp gives them a chance to breathe and plan for their future,” says Machesney. “It helps them break the cycle of poverty.”

    Full article here

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  • Sustainable Fashion Bloggers


    sustainable fashion

    Thanks to Instagram, the blogging world is booming and bigger than ever. As an image-reliant platform, fashion bloggers, especially, are reaching social media stardom for their wardrobe choices and styling tips. And within just fashion, there’s so much variety. Want that cool mom closet? There’s a blog all about it. You’re more the outdoorsy type? There’s one for that too. How about a blog on achieving that trendy street style? I guarantee it’s out there. Here at GreenEarth Cleaning, we see ourselves as part of the sustainable fashion industry. While the manufacturing process is what most people associate with the movement, how a garment is cared for after it has been purchased has just as much of an effect on the planet. Most exciting to us is that there are bloggers who are speaking up about sustainability in the industry and sharing their ideas for improvement. Below, we’ve highlighted a few we’re following along with when it comes to environmentally conscious fashion.

    Conscious Life & Style

    Chicago-based Elizabeth brings a broader scope to her writing, incorporating mindful living practices with her ethical brand finds. She often shares points for more responsible travel as well. The fact that her subject matter is so diverse is actually what drew me to the blog in the first place. There’s always a new aspect of sustainability you probably hadn’t thought about before. And her holistic thinking inspires you to apply the same outlook to maybe some aspects of your life that aren’t as green as they could be.

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    It’s #SlowFashionOctober 🍁 and I’m celebrating by wearing and supporting incredible slow fashion brand and Conscious Style partner, @sunday.west 👗 ~ . . Ensuring that the piece was ethically made (unless it was thrifted) is an absolute must now for me before I bring in a new piece to my closet. And working with @sunday.west, I know that it’s Kim ~ the owner, designer, and jack of all trades ~ making every piece herself! How cool is that? . . I know that she’s carefully constructing each piece (I can tell by the fantastic quality of this dress!) and that each piece is made with intention and passion (I can tell because she shared her story on the Conscious Life & Style blog!). There are no questions about who made the piece or how it was made. . . THIS is fashion I can feel good about. ♥️ 👚 Now I’d love for you to tell us: why do you support slow fashion? . . #ConsciousStyle #Partner #SlowFashion

    A post shared by Ethical Fashion + Lifestyle (@consciousstyle) on Oct 2, 2018 at 4:08pm PDT

    Ethically Kate

    Kate Hall lives, breathes, and probably dreams sustainability. Currently residing in Auckland, New Zealand, she and her husband live a zero-waste lifestyle. You can tell her passion for the environment started with fashion, though. Her enthusiasm about the subject leaves you just as enthusiastic, even if you’re entirely new to the world of ethical style. It has to be one of the most refreshing things to see someone’s love for their work carry over into an end result. Reading “Ethically Kate,” it honestly can be somewhat difficult to remember that living consciously isn’t our society’s norm…yet.

    The Un-Material Girl

    From fast fashion addict to slow fashion activist, Leah’s volunteer trip to Brazil inspired her now minimalist lifestyle. While the Brisbane local does write well-informed on the topic, probably my favorite part of this blog is that she’s also still learning. A soon-to-be Branded Fashion Design graduate from the Billy Blue College of Design, her own upcycled creations using scrap fabrics are the entries that keep me coming back for more. She talks the talk and walks the walk. And who can’t appreciate that?   

    By Zarah Eads

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  • GreenEarth Affiliate Making Noise in Bloomsburg, PA


    The New Owners Of Bloomsburg Dry Cleaner Make Going Greener A Priority

    (story by BloomUToday.com)

    The new owners of a Bloomsburg dry cleaner have chosen to change the previous direction of Lapels Dry Cleaning and are making it more environmentally friendly by using a material like sand to clean clothes, rather than chemicals.

    A pair of Berwick lawyers, Travis Petty and Nick Lutz, along with friends Angelo and Denise Venditti, purchased Lapels Dry Cleaning back in June. Petty said it was a fairly easy call to switch from chemicals to liquid silicone saying “we view it as not only as an investment in the community, but also in the Earth. If we don’t look at these sustainability issues now, we’re going to have a lot of problems.”

    In September, officials with Green Earth Cleaning were at the store on Route 11 by, Dunkin Donuts, changing over the cleaning system to the greener option.

    Green Earth Cleaning’s technical sales representative said the new liquid silicone cleaner lifts stains, oil and dirt from clothing, without using chemicals. One traditional dry-cleaning chemical, tetrachloroethylene, is considered a carcinogen by the Environmental Protection Agency.

    With the new system, what’s left after the dry cleaning process is a putty-like clay or dirt that can be safely deposited back into the soil.

    David Grippi, vice president of operations for Lapels, said his newer locations all use the Green Earth process, and other locations are being encouraged to switch over. “I know one of our locations that used it as pond soil, and another planted a tree in it,” he said of the clay leftovers.

    Petty said Lapels now has a staff of seven that’s overseen by manager Megan Kiliti.

    Lapels Dry Cleaning is hoping to add staff as the business grows and possibly expand into other markets, according to Petty.

    See article here.

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  • Tips from a GreenEarth Affiliate on Caring for Delicate Garments


    caring for delicate garments

     

    • Jeeves, a dry cleaning service that has worked for Prince Charles and his family for three decades, told Femail how to clean a wedding dress such as Meghan’s
    • While it isn’t officially known who cleaned Meghan’s custom Givenchy gown, the luxury dry cleaning service had plenty of tips on how to care for delicate pieces
    • A wedding dress should be inspected before the fabric is cleaned; experts will typically deconstruct elaborate gowns to clean various pieces separately
    • They spot-clean obvious stains and soap the hemline, which has often trailed on the ground, before putting the dress through a gentle cleaning program
    • At home, it is best to store a wedding gown away from direct sunlight and to protect it from humidity as well as moths

    Preserving a wedding gown can be a tricky task — particularly when said wedding gown is as delicate as Meghan Markle‘s.

    Jeeves, a ‘formal dry cleaning service’ that holds a Royal Warrant and has worked for Prince Charles and his family for three decades, told FEMAIL how to clean a wedding dress such as the duchess’, which is set to go on display for the public in October at Windsor Castle.

    While it isn’t officially known who cleaned Meghan’s custom Givenchy gown, the luxury dry cleaning service, which has stores in London and New York, had plenty of tips to share on how to care for a dress like hers, from the moment the bride slips it off at the end of her wedding day to when it returns to her wardrobe for years to come.

     

    Inspection

    First, experts will thoroughly inspect the gown to familiarize themselves with its design and figure out how best to clean it.

    ‘Some gowns include instructions for cleaning (though we wouldn’t always follow these) but generally bespoke or couture gowns do not include instructions,’ the Jeeves expert told Femail.

    ‘We start by analyzing the fabric, trims, embellishments and the materials that provide structure and support to the gown.

    ‘This inspection process allows us to ascertain which elements of the dress need to be removed before we can start to clean the actual fabric. If the gown has any damage — rips or tears that could potentially be worsened in the cleaning process — we will repair them at this point.’

     

    Deconstruction

    Experts then take photos of the dress in order to keep images of what it looked like before it was cleaning.

    Next, they remove any elements of the dress that could be easily damaged.

    ‘In most cases, this step will require us to remove beading and jewels,’ the expert said.

    ‘Often, the next step will be to deconstruct the dress into sections — for example the bodice and the skirt. We do this because we use different cleaning techniques to clean different sections of the gown.’

     

    Cleaning

    Once the gown has been taken apart, experts will begin by spot-cleaning the dress to remove any obvious stains.

    ‘This process is used for localized marks or stains such as champagne spillages or make-up marks,’ the expert explained.

    ‘Once we have spot-cleaned the dress, we will “soap down” the hemline, which is often soiled where it has trailed along the floor. This spot-cleaning and soaping down helps to lift any marks and soiling before the next step.

    ‘If we are dry-cleaning a specific section of the dress, this section will then be placed in a protective bag before going into a machine for a special wedding gown cleaning program which is very gentle to avoid any damage.’

    However, experts typically can’t dry-clean an entire gown and usually hand-clean large sections of the design that are too delicate to be placed in a machine.

    ‘Lace sections such as the veil are always hand-cleaned,’ the expert added. ‘This is a painstaking process that is only completed by our senior technicians as it takes years to learn and a veil can be easily ruined in the wrong hands.

    ‘Once the gown and veil have been dry-cleaned or hand-cleaned, we repeat the process (including spot-cleaning and soaping down) until we are confident that our client will be thrilled with the results.’

    Reconstruction

    Once the gown is clean, it is ready to be put back together, beginning with the different sections of the dress.

    That step is left to dressmakers and can several take days to complete.

    Hand-finishing

    After the dress has been fully reconstructed, experts use steam and other tools to remove any creases and return the gown to its original shape.

    Any embellishments that were removed at the beginning of the cleaning process are then hand-sewn back onto the gown in their original places. That’s when the photos taken at the beginning of the operation come in handy, by helping experts put every detail back where it should be.

    Packaging

    The final step of the process is to return to the freshly-cleaned gown to its owner.

    ‘Our clients can choose to have their gown returned to them in a breathable bridal gown carrier, which can be hung straight in their wardrobe,’ the expert said.

    ‘However, given that most of our clients will only wear their gown once, we think the better option is for us to return it to them in a breathable box, with each layer being lined with acid-free tissue.

    ‘You can imagine that these boxes can get to quite an impressive size if the dress has a long train or is constructed from dense fabric.’

    The entire cleaning process can take four to six weeks depending on the design of the dress.

     

    Caring for a wedding gown at home

    Once a wedding dress has been painstakingly cleaned and restored, it’s essential to make sure it’s properly stored so that it retains its impeccable condition.

    That includes protecting it from direct sunlight, humidity, and moths.

    ‘Moths love warmth and humidity and mold thrives in the same conditions so be sure to store your gown in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight,’ the expert said.

    ‘Place anti-moth sachets nearby and refresh them once every few months to ensure it is protected against moths. We recommend Modelli or Acana as the best moth deterrents available. These can be purchased from many good dry cleaners or are available online.’

    To those who would like to clean their wedding gown themselves rather than place it in the care of a specialized service, the expert said this is not recommended.

    ‘If you don’t believe us, ask your wedding gown designer or retailer,’ the expert added.

    ‘Given the complexity of the structure of a wedding gown and the embellishments that are often added to them, attempting to clean your gown yourself will more often than not end in disaster.’

    Meghan has already been reunited with her own wedding gown, which is set to go on display on October 26 until January 6.

    The duchess can be seen in a new documentary called Queen of the World seeing her dress and veil for the first time since her nuptials in May, in a visibly emotional moment.

    The first part of the documentary aired on Tuesday in the UK, and the movie is scheduled to premiere on HBO on October 1 for US viewers.

    Read full article here. 

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  • OXXO Care Cleaners® Rolls Out Franchise Business Conversion Program


    Hollywood, FL, September 26, 2018— OXXO Care Cleaners® is bringing its innovative, GreenEarth® technologies to traditional mom and pop dry cleaners across the U.S. through their new Business Conversion Initiative. Conversions involve the replacement of contaminating chemicals, old-fashioned steam boilers, steam presses, and other outdated dry-cleaning equipment used by most American dry cleaners today with OXXO’s automated, fully electric equipment, such as the OXXO European Style Shirt Mannequin and ATM-style Drop Off and Pick Up Conveyor. Technology, storefronts and branding are completely revamped during the conversion process.

    “Today, we announce OXXO’s support to improve dry cleaners and the environment in all of the communities in which we operate and in new communities throughout the country. During each process, everything old fashioned is gutted out and replaced with the same equipment a new franchise unit would have. Traditional store owners appreciate the benefits of OXXO’s 24/7-services coupled with the use of GreenEarth® products, innovative technologies, fully independent electric and automated equipment, European-style hand ironing quality for their customers,” said Salomon Mishaan, CEO of the OXXO Franchise.

    One franchisee spearheaded the program by successfully converting his fourth Plant store into an OXXO. He is now currently finishing off the plant conversion in Doral, Florida. “During the conversion, the goal is to maintain the original customer base, and, in this case, we have actually grown the customer base because clients are seeing the change for the better take place. Stores can remain open throughout the process. Our goal is to convert cleaners across the country with a concentration in the Northeast, Central Florida, Texas, and Georgia. If a potential owner is in a region where there are no OXXO’s yet, we will build a plant to support it in their area, which is one of our program’s many incentives,” explains Mishaan.

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    OXXO Doral (5241 NW 87th Ave, Doral, FL 33178) Storefront serving a nearby Traditional Plant Conversion

    Traditional dry cleaners are taking notice of customers buying into the OXXO brand. OXXO has become known for being the most innovative dry-cleaning franchise in the United States today. A converted cleaner will benefit from the well-known OXXO brand and the support given during and after the conversion process, which encompasses training and all the same franchise benefits that a new store owner would have.

     

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    Doral OXXO ATM Pick Up and Drop Off

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  • It’s tailgating time! But can we keep it green?


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    Tailgating is one of America’s favorite pastimes and rightfully so! Tailgating brings communities together, encourages outdoor activity, and it’s just plain fun. There is one draw back, however; some of our tailgating traditions are simply horrible for the environment. Not to fret, there are steps tailgaters can take which will allow for full enjoyment of those weekend parking lot shenanigans, yet still honor dedication to a minimal carbon footprint. Follow these simple steps and achieve the ever so coveted Green Star Tailgater status.

    Be like Aaron Rodgers, produce zero garbage

    After every game, several thousand plastic cups, plates, utensils, etc., create a sea of trash.  Ditch the disposable products; it’s really not that hard. No one is asking anyone to pull out his or her finest china. Go and get some cheap, reusable, unbreakable dishes from literally ANY department store. Designate the set “tailgating supplies” and continue to use them every time a tailgating shindig comes up. It’ll save a lot of money in the long run too.

    Recycle beer cans, like the Patriots recycle players

    Of course it’s tough to avoid beer cans and/or bottles while tailgating. There will be beer; yes, there will be lots of beer. Save what must be thrown away in a trash bag and drop them off at the local recycling plant, or for most cities in the U.S., just leave it out near the sidewalk. Tailgaters can successfully party garbage free by using reusable products and recycling the rest. Challenge accepted?

    Pick food choices carefully, like Richard Sherman picks passes!

    Tailgaters have more sustainable food options than Kansas City Chiefs’ QB, Patrick Mahomes, has on Sunday. Purchase food in bulk to reduce the amount of packaging. Chip in with those tailgating accomplices–buy food in large quantities to save some green while going green. Make food from home, again using reusable containers for transporting–NO GARBAGE! Only buy food from stores sold in packaging that can be recycled, like paper. Root for the home team and buy local! Buying local supports the local economy and reduces emissions and packaging needed for transporting products from a greater distance. Lastly, propane is SO MUCH better than charcoal for grilling, is this really still a debate? Seriously, use propane.

    Take Jerome Bettis

    Take the bus! Reducing the number of vehicles on the road reduces congestion and air pollution, optimizing lung capacity, so fans can cheer on their team for all 4 quarters. Realizing, some tailgaters have a lot to carry with them, in which case, carpooling is another environmentally conscious option. Certainly the crew can optimize car space and minimize the number of cars.

    Now go earn that Green Star Tailgater status!

    By: Aaron Newport

     

     

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