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  • GreenEarth Affiliate, Desai Named Lapels Franchise Owner of the Year


    “One of the most impressive individuals we have worked with,” says CEO Dubois

    HANOVER, Mass. — Jay Desai was named Lapels Dry Cleaning franchise owner of the year, Lapels reports.

    Desai is an owner of Lapels stores in Beverly Hills, Mich.; Rochester Hills, Mich.; and West Bloomfield Township, Mich.

    “Jay is one of the most impressive individuals we have worked with over the course of Lapels Dry Cleaning’s 18-year history,” says Kevin Dubois, CEO of Lapels Dry Cleaning.

    “Within a few years, he established a network of drycleaning stores in the metro Detroit area and developed a system for expansion and growth,” Dubois adds.

    “He’s coupled that effort with several community involvement endeavors,” he further notes. “If that wasn’t enough, he’s also the owner of 19 Great Clips hair salons in the greater Detroit metro area.”

    “I guess you could say I like to stay busy,” says Desai, who co-owns his cleaning locations with a partner from his company, Shambho, LLC.

    Desai immigrated to the United States in the early 2000s.

    While working as an IT engineer, he began his career as an entrepreneur by purchasing investment properties in the metro Detroit area, Lapels notes.

    He later branched out to franchising with Great Clips. In 2014, he and his partner at Shambho, LLC signed a development deal for up to 16 locations in the metro Detroit area.

    Read full article here. 

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  • It’s Interesting About Sustainability!


    When we think about things that aren’t sustainable, most of us think in terms of what’s good or bad for the environment. And generally, what comes to our minds are manufactured chemicals, or large quantities of materials that are toxic, or substances that aren’t “natural”, or even catastrophic events of nature like volcanos and forest fires.

    But recently an example of a very small quantity of a product we’ve all used most of our lives to protect us from the sun has been deemed to be upsetting to the environment and is no longer considered to be sustainable for aquatic life. For as it turns out, even the small quantity of suntan lotion that we use outdoors can be dangerous to the coral reefs in Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Island and Israel.

    In May, Hawaii became the first state in the U.S. to pass a law prohibiting the sale of over-the-counter sunscreens containing the chemicals oxybenzone and octinoxate that scientists have found contribute to coral bleaching when washed off in the ocean. The new Hawaiian rules will go into effect January 1, 2021.

    So it isn’t always large quantities of certain chemicals that cause environmental problems. Of course, we at GreenEarth are committed to using a medium that is scientifically proven to be environmentally non-toxic. And while the GreenEarth silicone dry cleaning fluid is the same silicone that is used as a major ingredient in sun tan lotions, we think it’s important to note that the ban on these lotions is not because of our silicone chemical but rather the small amount of two of the other chemicals used in the product. And so, small amounts of certain chemicals can be much more dangerous than large amounts of other chemicals! Each has to be evaluated scientifically based upon the impact they cause.

    By: Ron Benjamin

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  • GreenEarth Affiliate Makes A Splash In Tampa Bay


    BRANDON — Rane Robinson is aware of the orange tide that recently rolled into his neighborhood.

    Despite the buzz surrounding the 24-hour pick up kiosk at the corporately franchised Tide Dry Cleaners, he still decided to test the competitive waters less than 1 ½ miles away.

    Call it David versus Goliath, Power 5 college football against Group of 5 or just good ole fashioned commercialism battling another mom and pop.

    Robinson opened his Tampa Bay Dry Cleaners at 931 East Bloomingdale Ave. a few weeks prior to the Tide hype machine and feels he can compete on the latter.

    “Ultimately what I was trying to accomplish, was to merge being an entrepreneur with doing something good for the environment and I wanted everything to be as local as possible,” Robinson said, pointing to machines from Tampa’s Unipress Corporation.

    He likes the location in Bloomingdale Square because he said Publix plans to move across the parking lot into the former, larger Walmart location when that current lease expires and that L.A. Fitness plans to take over the current Bloomingdale Publix spot.

    Tampa Bay Dry Cleaners features GreenEarth Cleaning that implements a liquid silicone — think liquified sand — instead of the old school, petroleum-based solvents to launder up to 100 shirts an hour (zero broken buttons so far) and rack up to 1,000 items at a time.

    Robinson said his biggest advantage might be the people he has working there. Tampa Bay Dry Cleaners features a seamstress onsite who does alterations, custom clothing, repairs and even a last-second wedding dress fix.

    A shoe cobbler can repair your expensive footwear or any leather item and a spot removing expert oversees stain elimination in a consistent fashion, so your Tommy Bahama shirt doesn’t get ruined.

    Robinson, an Apollo Beach resident whose family has local ties dating back 40 years, gave up his career as an investment adviser after 17 years to create a place where “you can come here all the time and hang out and watch World Cup.”

    He already knows the names and routines of regulars who want their dress shirts pressed for $2.50 or dresses cleaned for $9.50. He’s onsite from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and sometimes his daughters, Olivia, 10 and Sophia, 6, “help” out as well.

    The store also operates Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and has future plans to add a drop box and delivery service (with durable garment bags) to combat the 24-hour kiosk at Tide.

    Robinson has cleaned everything from a hand-woven 1960s framed fabric art piece to antique clothing and couch cushions. For the men seeking a unique gift idea, he suggests his “anniversary special.”

    Bring in all your bedding the day before your anniversary (duvet, comforter, sheets and pillow cases) and for $50 your wife might be impressed – under one condition.

    “I won’t do it for you if you’re going to hand it to her,” Robinson said. “You’ve got to put it on yourself.”

    Visit TampaBayDryCleaners.com.

    After 35 years, builder rejuvenates in Valrico

    To celebrate 35 years in business, Sunrise Homes recently enjoyed a grand reopening and invites new home buyers to visit their design center at 3658 Erindale Drive in Valrico.

    Future owners can choose from a myriad of options – tile floors or wall-to-wall wood, wainscoting walls in the dining room or fancy tile designs in the kitchen and more.

    See full article here.

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  • Best Cleaners Makes Orlando’s Eco-Friendly Businesses List


    8 eco-friendly Orlando-area businesses you should know about

    ORLANDO, Fla. – Who doesn’t want to support sustainability? These Orlando-area businesses and restaurants make it easy to be environmentally-conscious while spending your money.

    Best Cleaners of Orlando

    Multiple locations

    Many dry cleaners still use traditional laundry detergents that include harmful chemicals like perchloroethylene. These chemicals are hazardous for both people and the environment. Best Cleaners is committed to using the GreenEarth patented dry-cleaning process, which incorporates silicone and biodegradable detergents. This process reduces your carbon footprint while keeping your garments clean. It’s a win/win situation.

    See full article here.

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  • GreenEarth Affiliate, OXXO continues to expand


    New high-tech dry cleaners to open in Winter Park, more locations planned

    South Florida-based dry cleaning firm OXXO Care Cleaners is expanding its presence in Central Florida with a new Winter Park location and plans to add at least two more locations in the next couple years, according to Orlando co-franchisee Consuelo Regueiro.

    What sets OXXO apart from other dry cleaners in the area is their locations use Green Earth cleaning products. These products are gentler on clothes and safer for the user, according to the company.

    While using green products, OXXO strives to be technologically savvy. The company uses ATM-style pick up and drop off machines. These devices make it possible for customers to pick up and drop off clothing after store hours.

    Along with the machines, OXXO is one of the only dry cleaners with its own application in the App Store. The app, OXXO Care Cleaners, allows customers to request a pick-up time, drop off items and check which items they currently have at the cleaners, among other things.

    OXXO has been in the Central Florida area for three years now, opening its first area location in 2015. The company’s other three Central Florida stores are in Lake Nona, Clermont and Orlando on Orange Blossom Trail.

    Regueiro believes expanding to Winter Park is perfect for this business because the area is predominantly wealthy.

    “People truly like the OXXO luxury dry cleaning experience, and we’re very excited about the opening of OXXO’s fourth Orlando store,” Orlando co-franchisee Reny Balsa said in a prepared statement.

    The new 900-square-foot Winter Park location is at 190 Aloma Ave. The company has signed a 10-year lease and expects to open for business there Aug. 30.The new Winter Park location cost $250,000 to open and is expected to generate approximately $100,000 in sales its first year. Between all four Central Florida locations the company will exceed $600,000 in sales, said Regueiro.

    Read full article here.

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  • The Future of Dry Cleaning comes to Little, Elm, TX


    Lapels Dry Cleaning to open at 2180 FM 423, Little Elm, Texas

    July 03, 2018 // Franchising.com // LITTLE ELM, TX and HANOVER, MA – Lapels Dry Cleaning, an innovative, environmentally friendly dry-cleaning company headquartered in Hanover, Massachusetts, will open a full-service, environmentally friendly dry-cleaning satellite plant and store at 2180 FM 423, Suite 100, Little Elm, Texas on July 14.

    “We’re extremely excited to bring a sustainable, non-toxic way of dry cleaning clothes to Little Elm and the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area,” said Chin Modha, who owns Lapels Dry Cleaning of Little Elm with his father Shashi Modha. Chin’s wife Sonal is also involved in the business. “When we open our doors on July 14, Lapels Dry Cleaning will become the only dry cleaner in the area using a 100 percent environmentally non-toxic cleaning solution.”

    Additionally, the Modhas plan to open a Lapels Dry Cleaning satellite store at 4740 W University Drive, Prosper, TX 75078.

    Lapels has pioneered its eco-friendly dry-cleaning experience over the past two decades. Part of that effort includes a partnership agreement with GreenEarth®, the dry-cleaning industry’s only non-toxic cleaning alternative, for its newer locations like Lapels Dry Cleaning of Little Elm. Using these kinds of solutions and the latest technology in equipment, Lapels is one of the few dry cleaners able to boast that there is no hazardous waste in their process.

    Lapels Dry Cleaning also sets itself apart with its customer service. Lapels customers are greeted to a warm and inviting reception area, with friendly customer service representatives, and alteration services.

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  • Red, White, Blue… And GREEN!


    Green July 4th

    The Fourth of July is here, and it’s time to break out your red, white, and blue! But don’t forget your green. This holiday is about celebrating our beautiful country, so doesn’t it make sense that we also should be conscious of how we care for it? Check out these tips on letting freedom ring in a sustainable way.

    Life, liberty, and the pursuit of reusables

    Disposables may be convenient when hosting holiday festivities, but they’re far from friendly to the environment. Bring down the reusable plates, bowls, cups, and silverware! A few extra dishes at the end of the night is all in the name of a cleaner planet. If you must use disposables, though, choose materials you can easily recycle, like paper, glass, and aluminum. There’s even dinnerware you can buy that’s been recycled once already—just make sure to keep it going!

    Grill that I love

    If you’re like me, barbecue is pretty much a must on the Fourth of July. However, there are greener ways than others to prepare your mouth-watering American fare. The majority of scientists have come to the conclusion that gas grills trump charcoal. Lump charcoal requires the cutting down of mesquite trees. And on top of the deforestation affect, it also takes more fuel to produce and transport than propane. Apart from these most common models, electric and solar-powered grills are even better in terms of eco-friendliness.

    Sweet land of carpooling

    When it comes to those who are traveling for Independence Day, try cutting down on gasoline emissions by taking as few vehicles as possible. Or go by public transit, instead. Either way, you’ll be helping the planet and traffic buildup. It’s really a win-win!

    From sea to shining sea

    Wherever you are this Fourth of July, spend it outside. Turn off the TV, put your phone down, and enjoy the summer weather. Set up some lawn games for a little friendly competition. Organize a hike to a breathtaking lookout spot. “Amber waves of grain” or “purple mountain majesties”—nothing gets you in the patriotic spirit quite like America’s nature.

    Stars and stripes…and sparkles

    It’s hard to imagine the Fourth of July without fireworks. Unfortunately, after the spectacle, fireworks fall back to the ground and release a number of pollutants into our water, soil, and air. It’s best to just forego the sparklers, rockets, roman candles, and whatever else you may find inside those brightly-colored, one-time-a-year tents. At the very least, gather at a community-hosted event to minimize the number of releases.  

    By: Zarah Eads

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  • OXXO Blooms as Orlando Booms


    OXXO Blooms as Orlando Booms 

    Franchise Is A Pioneer In “Experiential Dry Cleaning” 

    Hollywood, FL, June 19, 2018 — OXXO Care Cleaners® , the most innovative, environmentally friendly garment cleaning franchise founded on the “We Care” philosophy, announced today that it is expanding operations in Orlando, FL. OXXO will be opening a new store at 190 Aloma in Winter Park, FL 32792.

    Orlando Franchisee Reny Balsa, a food industry professional from Venezuela, knows how to cater to consumers who need fast, friendly, and convenient service. In Venezuela, Reny’s family owns the food company that services Grupo Polar’s cafeterias. “When I decided to come to the U.S., I identified Orlando as the perfect city in which to live and own a business, because it truly reflects the American Dream – from Disney, where all dreams come true, to the city’s fast-growing STEM [science, technology, engineering, and math] sector. Orlando reflects the ‘anything is possible’ mindset, combining innovation and technology with a modern service that people today really need.”

    OXXO Orlando customers love the unique combination of services offered—24/7 ATM pick up/drop off, boutique-style setting, mobile payment app, use of GreenEarth, and on-premises hand ironing. “People truly like the OXXO luxury dry cleaning experience, and we’re very excited about the opening of OXXO’s fourth Orlando store,” says Balsa.

    OXXO’s Orlando-area expansion comes amid the metro area’s booming growth and popularity. For the last four years, Orlando has undergone a profound economic transformation, from its airport expansion to the luxury residential boom downtown. Companies like Amazon and Siemens have made Orlando their home. In the medical sector, there has been vast innovation at the VA Medical Center and Nemours Children’s Hospital. In education, UCF recently opened its medical school in Lake Nona, where there is an OXXO store. And in sports, the USTA just opened a massive tennis school and complex that brings together the country’s best players. Orlando City will open and become home to the Lake Nona soccer team.

    Forbes recently planted the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metroplex at #4 on its “America’s Fastest-Growing Cities 2018” list. Forbes further confirms that Orlando leads the U.S. in STEM growth. OXXO’s next-generation, tech-driven approach to dry cleaning fits perfectly here.

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    OXXO’s Lake Nona Store: 12278 Narcoossee Rd #105, Orlando, FL 32827


    OXXO is the only dry cleaner in Orlando that offers operational transparency, speed, quality, and ATM-style convenience. All Orlando stores have same-day service available when ordered before 2:00 PM, or the next day if made after 2:00. Dry cleaning is available at plant stores and via drop stores.

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    OXXO’s Southchase Store: 12147 S Orange Blossom Trl, Ste 102, Orlando, FL 32837 


    Guillermo Gallegos, owner of the OXXO Clermont store, brings business experience from the manufacturing and industrial sectors.  He most recently owned a Home Depot-style store in Venezuela. OXXO Clermont serves Orlando’s Northwest region, specifically Windermere, Phillips, Occoe, Winter Garden, Oakland, Minneola and Clermont.  Guillermo states that this region has shown great demand for OXXO’s pick-up and delivery services as a result of the growing presence of corporations and condo associations.


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    OXXO’s Clermont Store:
     2430 E Hwy 50 Ste A Clermont, FL 34711 


    OXXO CEO Salomon Mishaan concluded: “We are confident that the personalized service and experience offered at our Orlando locations will continue to drive loyalty for our brand throughout the region. We thank Orlando residents for truly embracing OXXO.”

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  • GreenEarth Affiliate, WashBox is Making Moves.


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    NorthStar Moving Co., WashBox Partner for New-mover Convenience

    LOS ANGELES — NorthStar Moving® Co., self-described as the leading eco-luxury mover in California, announces a new partnership with WashBox, a high-end, locker-based, drycleaning delivery service. It indicates that this partnership will provide its clients with superior drycleaning service, steps from their door after relocating.

    “A new dry cleaner is often needed pronto,” says Laura McHolm, NorthStar Moving co-founder and chief of organized living, “particularly if you are starting a new job! WashBox takes the hassle out of finding a convenient, experienced and affordable dry cleaner after a move, by providing everything in the palm of your hand.”

    The new partnership ensures that the moving company’s clients “avoid the hassle of finding a qualified dry cleaner in their new neighborhood, while bringing an innovative level of convenience to a new home,” it explains.

    “When you move we know there is a long list of new service providers to hunt down. That’s why we have added WashBox to our partners, eliminating the search for a trusted drycleaning service,” McHolm points out.

    WashBox notes its mission is to provide clients with exceptional drycleaning and laundry services in the most convenient, secure and affordable way, while also being environmentally friendly. The WashBox family has been providing the highest quality drycleaning services since 1924.

    Today, it relates, the firm offers a mobile three-step locker solution. First, simply drop off clothing in a locker in one of their 500 residential building locations and set a 4-digit pin. Second, place the order on their app. Lastly, receive a text or email when your order is ready, go to the locker and enter the 4-digit pin to pick up your freshly cleaned items.

    WashBox notes that it owns and operates a drycleaning plant that is conveniently located in Los Angeles. By operating out of a very large industrial facility, it relates, it reduces chemical and energy consumption and increase efficiencies.

    Electricity used in their cleaning plant is purchased from renewable energy generators such as hydroelectric, wind or solar power facilities. It uses GreenEarth Cleaning solution, which is non-hazardous and non-toxic to the environment.

    See full American Dry Cleaner article here. 

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  • Palm Oil – A Small Step in The Right Direction


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    British Frozen Food store Iceland is looking to ban Palm Oil in its own branded products by the end of 2018. One of the food retailers outside of the big four Supermarkets, feels that the production of Palm Oil in South East Asia, is not sustainable and in fact it’s their opinion that harvesting Palm Oil is having a devastating effect, which is why they have taken the decision.

    They will still however continue to stock products by other brands that may contain Palm Oil but hope their decision might influence others. Iceland have also committed to removing plastic from its own branded products by 2023.

    After the end of the year, their own products will carry a ‘No Palm Oil’ sticker, which features an image of an orangutan.

    Chances are Palm Oil is found in many products found around the home, from Biscuits to Soap and Iceland were first alerted to the full details of Palm Oil harvesting by Greenpeace.

    Richard Walker, Managing Director of Iceland has stated:

    “Until Iceland can guarantee palm oil is not causing rainforest destruction, we are simply saying ‘no to palm oil’. We don’t believe there is such a thing as ‘sustainable’ palm oil available to retailers, so we are giving consumers a choice about what they buy”

    Why is Palm Oil considered to be controversial?

    • Palm oil production is said to have been responsible for about 8% of the world’s deforestation between 1990 and 2008, which also has a knock on effect on the wild life that live there.
    • Burning large areas of forests to clear areas where oil palms can be grown has also been blamed for high levels of air pollution in South East Asia
    • Some experts say eating palm oil is unhealthy because it is high in saturated fat

    EU labelling laws were changed in 2014 so products must now state specifically if they contain palm oil.

    Iceland Frozen Food’s annual commitment to Palm Oil is 500 tonnes. Whilst this is a drop in the 400,000 tonnes that comes into the U.K. each year, it is definitely a step into the right direction.

    By: Garry Knox

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