Protecting Our Environment
UniFirst continues to improve upon our environmental sustainability efforts, and our products and services help other companies improve theirs. Our uniform and facility service rental programs are based upon the fundamental premise that, whenever possible, it's better to utilize sustainable, reusable products than it is to turn to "disposables." Our customers agree, and they reap the additional cost-saving benefits that our products and services provide. In this way, we're able to multiply our "green" efforts via the hundreds of thousands of businesses we serve throughout North America.
Click here for the UniFirst Environmental Sustainability Report.
As an active member of the Textile Service Industry's "Laundry Environment Stewardship Program" (LaundryESP®), we've contributed to important efforts that help preserve our natural resources for generations to come. In fact, we were one of the first companies in our industry to make significant investments in re-engineering our facilities to achieve "greener," more environmentally friendly operations. Since 1997, our combined efforts have contributed to measurable results—our industry has reduced CO2 emissions by 24%, total energy consumption by 27%, and water usage by 33%.
To help achieve our long term environmental goals, UniFirst made the decision to utilize only laundry detergents that are 100% "green" and environmentally friendly. These detergents are biodegradable and made from renewable resources that are free of phosphates and other chemicals that could be harmful to the environment. Our computerized processing technologies maximize fuel and energy efficiencies, and we take extraordinary care with all the by-products produced by our laundry operations. Our ongoing investments in water and air treatment technologies help assure that everything we return back to the environment is consistently safe and non-polluting.
In recognition of the many laundering processes in place that help keep local environments safe, UniFirst is regularly saluted by municipalities nationwide with various environmental awards. This signals to us that we're making strides toward our objective to be an environmental steward in each of the communities we serve.
We're literally "driven" to reduce our carbon footprint as well. For our delivery fleet of vehicles, to complement our investment in highly specialized route management software, which economizes fuel consumption and improves driver productivity and safety, we've incorporated new, all-electric powered trucks that produce "zero emissions."
And we also strive to extend our "green" reach to all our supply chain partners by continuously seeking out those organizations that offer innovative enviro-friendly products and services. Throughout our product lines, we're continually adding more "green" items for our customers; such as EcoSure® certified recycled garments made from 100% post consumer fibers, EcoLogoM certified recycled paper products, Green Seal® certified hand soaps, and EPA "Design for the Environment" (DfE) certified all-purpose cleaners and degreasers.
UniFirst is an active member of both the U.S. and Canada Green Building Councils, and proudly participates in the EPA Green Lights® and Energy Star Buildings® programs.
At UniFirst, "being green" goes well beyond
the color of our logo.