GreenEarth Cleaning Network Diverts More Than 20,000 Pounds of Clothes from Landfill

KANSAS CITY, Mo., May 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- GreenEarth Cleaning celebrated its 20th Earth Day as green as ever.

The world’s largest solution provider of environmentally non-toxic dry cleaning technology has been in business since 1999, and it seemed only natural to link the company’s 20th anniversary with the planet-loving holiday. They accomplished that connection in the form of a clothes drive benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters as well as other regional nonprofits, which GreenEarth Cleaning President Tim Maxwell noted was well-suited to the brand’s mission.

“Celebrating all that our planet provides us has been a fixture of GreenEarth Cleaning since the formation of our company 20 years ago,” Maxwell said. “With the growing issues surrounding the disposal of waste associated with fast fashion, we felt that collecting clothing for charities fit our Network’s focus on sustainable garment care.”

From Connecticut to Colorado to California, 140 affiliated retail locations opted in to the GreenEarth Cleaning 20th Anniversary Earth Day Clothes Drive for the month of April, racking up a combined donation amount of 20,000 pounds and counting—an average of 150 pounds per store. At the GreenEarth home office in Kansas City, Missouri, the team partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City as well as local taproom Bier Station for a one-day clothes drive event of their own on April 20 to make up their contribution.

OXXO Care Cleaners, which boasts 45 franchises all exclusively using the GreenEarth Cleaning System, has been a GreenEarth Member since 2001. The two organizations’ parallel goals both when it comes to quality care and environmental consciousness made OXXO’s involvement in the clothes drive an easy decision.

“[GreenEarth’s] development of a clean and safe silicone-based solvent for clothing was a perfect match for us. Together we care for human beings and for the environment,” CEO Salomon Mishaan said. “Also similar to GreenEarth, OXXO is very active in the local communities in which we operate to help promote sustainability, so our participation in the recent clothing drive was logical.”

Patricia Shaffer, owner of Shaffer Dry Cleaning & Laundry in Tucson, Arizona, works with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Arizona year-round already, so she didn’t even think twice about holding a clothes drive at her stores.

“Every day is Earth Day when you recycle your clothing at any of our nine locations,” Shaffer said. “Good for the Earth and good for the kids—what could be better than that?”

Jim Gilligan of Snedicor’s Cleaners in Howell and Brighton, Michigan, has the same philanthropic mentality as Shaffer. He collaborates with the LACASA Center every spring and fall to host Cinderella’s Closet, which is set up as a boutique to offer low cost, gently worn gowns to high school girls, all proceeds benefiting the local nonprofit’s initiatives to protect and advocate for survivors of child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. Jumping on board the collective effort for the Earth Day Clothes Drive and supporting LACASA again he viewed as a no-brainer.

“Participating in the GreenEarth Cleaning 20th Anniversary Earth Day Clothes Drive and collecting clothing for LACASA clients merged beautifully with our core values of helping the less fortunate in our community and caring for planet Earth,” Gilligan said.  

Clothes Drive Participants
Bridgestone Cleaners - Brooklyn, NY; Colonial Cleaners - Minneapolis, MN; Dry Cleaning Central - Winston-Salem, NC; Dry Cleaning Station - Owasso, OK; Dutch Girl Cleaners - Redlands, CA; Eagle Cleaners - Rochester, NY; El Dorado Cleaners - National City, CA; Fashion Cleaners - Omaha, NE; GreenEarth Cleaners - Castle Pines, CO; Greenest Cleaners 4U - San Jose, CA; Jones Cleaning Center - Fresno, CA; Lapels Dry Cleaning - AZ, CT, MA (42 locations); Martinizing Dry Cleaning - Royal Oak, MI; Martinizing Dry Cleaning - Santa Fe, NM; Martinizing Dry Cleaning - Wichita, KS; Oakwood Cleaners - Nashville and Hermitage, TN; OXXO Care Cleaners - CT, NJ, FL, TX (45 locations); Pratt Abbott Garment Care - Greater Portland, ME; Ray’s Custom Cleaners - Fort Worth, TX; Revolution Cleaners - Denver, CO; Shaffer Dry Cleaning & Laundry - Tucson, AZ; Snedicor’s Cleaners - Howell and Brighton, MI; Summit Cleaners - Briargate, CO; Swiss the Greener Dry Cleaners - Dallas, TX; Veribest Cleaners - San Diego, CA

About GreenEarth Cleaning
GreenEarth Cleaning is committed to doing business without doing harm, using pure liquid silicone as a safe and gentle alternative to petrochemical dry cleaning solvents. Fortune 500 companies General Electric and Procter & Gamble also are two of the company's founders in providing the industry solution. For more information, visit

Contact: Aaron Newport, Marketing Manager
51 W 135th St.
Kansas City, MO 64145
Phone: (816) 926-0895, Ext. 216

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