Survey: Many Try to Balance Chemistry Needs with Environmental Impact

Bruce Beggs |

CHICAGO — When selecting laundry chemicals, nearly 70% of personnel who took June’s Wire survey say a chemical’s environmental profile figures “somewhat” into their decision: “I try to balance our needs while minimizing our environmental impact.”
More than a quarter of respondents – 26.3% – say a chemical’s environmental profile has no bearing on their product choice: “I’m only focused on choosing chemicals that best meet our needs.”
Only 5.3% of respondents say environmental profiles contribute “completely” to their decision to choose only chemicals that are deemed to have little or no impact on the environment.
Only about 10% of respondents have changed chemicals, either voluntarily or under regulation, because of their environmental impact. Just 5.3% of respondents say their laundry participates in an environmental stewardship program.
Approximately 16% of respondents believe that pro-environment regulations are compromising a laundry’s ability to effectively serve its customers. More than half (52.6%) say they aren’t and 31.6% don’t know.
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About the author

Bruce Beggs

American Trade Magazines LLC

Editorial Director, American Trade Magazines LLC

Bruce Beggs is editorial director of American Trade Magazines LLC, including American Coin-Op, American Drycleaner and American Laundry News. He was the editor of American Laundry News from November 1999 to May 2011. Beggs has worked as a newspaper reporter/editor and magazine editor since graduating from Kansas State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications. He and his wife, Sandy, have two children.


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