CHMS – Charting a Course to Sustainability, Growth


Coburger Towel and Mat Service, an industrial launderer in south-central Germany, has implemented a number of innovations aimed at saving energy, water and labor as it seeks to grow its floor mat, cloth-roll towel (CRT) and other business lines in Germany and beyond.

U.S. Rep. Visits CORE Linen Facility


U.S. Rep. Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) recently visited the CORE Linen Services (formerly Crothall Healthcare) facility in Johnson City, TN. Facilitated by Kevin Schwalb, TRSA’s vice president of government relations, Rep. Harshbarger met with CORE Linen Services’ CEO Michael Barner; Regional Director Mike Edwards; and members of the plant’s staff during the visit.

TV News Touts Canada’s Progress in Reducing Medical Waste


The Global Television Network, Canada’s leading English-language TV network, recently aired a prime-time news segment on its nightly Global National news program on the need to reduce hospital waste, including personal protective equipment (PPE) such as disposable isolation gowns.

Uphill Fight – Making the Case for Reusable Healthcare PPE


TRSA and laundry operators in the healthcare textile space face an uphill battle convincing healthcare providers of the value of reusable personal protective equipment (PPE) vs. “single-use” disposable PPE, according to an article in May’s Textile Services on the issue. But action by state and federal policymakers could make a difference.

Standard Textile Eliminates Poly Bags from US-Made Products


Standard Textile Co. Inc., Cincinnati, announced its latest initiative in environmental sustainability on Earth Day 2024. In alignment with this year’s theme of “Planet vs. Plastics,” the company is eliminating poly bags from its U.S.-made products, marking a significant stride toward reducing plastic waste and preserving our planet.

Reusable Healthcare PPE, PFAS Filtration Dominate Hill Day Agenda


Evidence abounded on April 11 that advocacy has strengthened TRSA’s efforts to facilitate greater use of reusable healthcare PPE garments and to open our industry’s access to federal funding for PFAS pretreatment. TRSA members visiting Capitol Hill emerged from their 118 meetings in congressional offices confident that their collective dialogue resonated with policymakers.

Several Members Speak at Workshop on Reusable Healthcare Textiles


A groundbreaking development to pave the way for greater use of healthcare textiles (HCTs) as personal protective equipment (PPE) took place March 4-5. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NAS) hosted a virtual workshop that examined HCTs’ benefits over disposables, engaging industry and technical experts, policymakers, manufacturers, PPE users and other stakeholders.

Ecotex, K-Bro Cited in Canadian Reusable PPE Research


Research led by the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care on personal protective equipment (PPE), intentionally designed and manufactured as reusable, including gowns, goggles, face shields and elastomeric respirators, was conducted to identify prospects for reducing plastic PPE waste with a focus on opportunities for reduction and reuse in the health system. Most of the PPE used in Canada is made of plastic, and much of it is disposable, according to a news release.

CDC Responds to TRSA Reusable Inquiry


During TRSA’s 2023 Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, the focus of the legislative visits were to gain signatures for a congressional letter to send to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra. The letter asked Secretary Becerra to study the benefits of reusable personal protective equipment (PPE) in healthcare facilities and find ways to increase the amount of reusable PPE in healthcare operations.