MISSION, Kan. — The American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) has announced the formation of a Cleanroom Committee to undertake life cycle assessment (LCA) research on behalf of the reusable cleanroom garment industry.
The idea to form the committee and undertake LCA research came from textile manufacturer and ARTA member Precision Fabrics Group (PFG).
At the time, PFG’s John Smith was serving on the ARTA board of directors and shared his observations on the cleanroom marketplace (and the encroachment of disposable garments).
Smith has since retired, but his successor, Steve Glosson, and a half-dozen other representatives from companies serving the market for reusable cleanroom garments, have answered the call to action.
Members of the ARTA Cleanroom Committee include fabric manufacturers, suppliers and operators.
Active members to date include:
- Mike Rataj, Aramark, Cleanroom Division
- Dianne Knitter, Prudential Overall Supply, Cleanroom Division
- Jan Eudy, Cintas, Cleanroom Division
- Steve Glosson, Precision Fabrics Group
- Dennis Moore, ITG/Burlington
- Scott Delin, Superior Uniform Group
- Doby Byers, Hi-Tech Garments
In addition, Dr. Mike Overcash and Dr. Evan Griffing of Environmental Clarity LLC will conduct the life-cycle analysis.
ARTA officers and directors serving on the committee include President Ed McCauley of United Hospital Laundry, Past President Steve Tinker of Gurtler Industries, and Director Don Pedder of Reino Linen.
The committee is working to gather data and define parameters of the research, which is to be completed by spring 2014.
ARTA intends to provide an update during its 2014 Education Conference, scheduled for Feb. 26-28, at the Orlando World Center Marriott.