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ARTA Heads For The Hill To Spread Environmental Awareness Of Reusable Textiles

Washington, DC – ARTA members once again went to Capitol Hill to educate representatives, senators, assistants and agency managers about the cost and environmental benefits of reusable textiles.

“As healthcare or environmental issues arise, we want our lawmakers to be familiar with our organization, industry, and legislative agenda,” ARTA president Brad Bushman says. “Hopefully, this familiarity will produce support for our cause.”

Key points of ARTA’s legislative agenda include the fact that reusable textiles provide significant cost-saving advantages vs. disposables. Their use can help healthcare agencies minimize the rising costs of patient care worldwide. Additionally, reusable textiles provide significant environmental benefits by reducing waste disposal. The Memorandum of Understanding between the EPA and the American Hospital Association to reduce waste generation 33 percent by 2005 and 50 percent by 2010 can be achieved by using reusable surgical and incontinence products. And, reusable products create economic opportunity in both inner city and rural communities. The textile, apparel and institutional / commercial laundering industries are large employers in all states of skilled and semi-skilled labor.

“ARTA Members assertively made the rounds to educate legislators and their staffs and to seek support for future efforts, such as our goal of having Medicare mandate the use of reusable incontinence pads in the home and at assisted-living facilities,” Howard Zins, ARTA’s legislative director says.

To reinforce their message, members distributed position papers, ARTA’s publication Reusable Textiles: A Prescription for Change, and ARTA’s advocacy videotape, “Reusable Textiles: The Responsible Choice.”

Lobbying isn’t a once a year event. Members don’t have to wait for the annual Washington meeting to visit their legislators. Legislative agendas and kits are ready to send out, and ARTA can help schedule meetings. So, if you’re going to be in or near Washington, D.C., contact Zins at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 636/227-3582.

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A Gruesome Laundry Surprise

PHOENIX, Ariz. — A body in a bin was discovered by employees at a Sodexo commercial laundry facility. The body arrived on a delivery truck from medical facilities in Tucson. Team members who were unloading the bins first noticed blood on the sheets then discovered the body in one of the bins. The man, a transient, had previously slept in the laundry-bag area near the Tucson medical facility. It is believed that the man either died from a medical condition or was suffocated by the plastic bags. The body showed no signs of trauma or foul play.