Green Process

Restoring Sustainability

While CRDN holds dear the company’s commitment to our “three Rs”—Respond. Restore. Resume.—we never lose sight of the world’s ecological three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle.

CRDN has more than a decade of superlative experience restoring clothing and other fabric items, as an alternative to replacement, which is inherently founded in environmental sustainability. By restoring garments and textiles to pre-loss condition, CRDN prevents such items from being discarded and replaced.

CRDN’s operations across the U.S., Canada and the U.K also follow strict environmentally-friendly business practices, including recycling supplies and materials used in the restoration process, using high-efficiency equipment, and implementing energy-saving techniques wherever possible. It is our policy and duty to sustain our resources and environment, reduce waste, and utilize renewable energy sources. Some facts about CRDN’s environmental commitment:

  • 65% of CRDN’s textile restoration work is water-based (“wet cleaning”), involving standard soaps and detergents with water and biodegradable detergents.
  • Restored items returned on a hanger are protected by biodegradable poly covering.
  • The on-site cleaning solutions we use are the same biodegradable and eco- friendly solutions that are safely used in homes, schools and churches around the world.
  • Many of CRDN’s operations use alternative solvents, including “GreenEarth,” a non-toxic solvent that breaks down to sand and trace amounts of water and carbon dioxide—the “greenest” of all alternative solvents on the market today.
  • Operators who use perchloroethylene (“perc”), incorporate closed-loop distillation equipment that removes impurities from used solvent, enabling clean perc to be reused. This reduces the amount of solvent needed on an ongoing basis, as well as reducing overall costs and disposal levels.
  • Following the Clean Air Act of 1990, all facilities follow a pollution prevention program that guides the storage and handling of perc, greatly reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds. Local exhaust ventilation captures perc vapor at the source of the release, removing the vapor before it enters the air inside the facility. Such procedures are aligned with ISO 14000 standards that “encourage control of emissions, avoidance of pollution and industrial good practice.”
  • 90% of CRDN’s locations recycle hangers for production purposes.
  • Many CRDN operators have invested in fifth-generation energy-efficient cleaning equipment that cuts water usage by up to 53% and decreases dryer gas consumption by up to 57.5%. Examples include washers with extract speeds of up to 387-G force—double the extract of most traditional washers— that cut drying time by as much as 40%, and high-efficiency boilers that run at efficiencies up to 84%.
  • Each year, CRDN’s restoration process is responsible for keeping tens of millions of pounds of damaged clothing and other textiles out of landfills and back in people’s lives.
  • In 2011 alone, CRDN successfully restored nearly 10 million items, including garments, shoes, belts, purses, hats, window treatments, bedding and many other types of textile items. CRDN’s service not only prevented these items from ending up in a landfill but also eliminated the need for replacing these items, which would have required substantial dollar amounts and countless resources related to the manufacture and distribution supply chain.