Green Retailer of the Year
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Texas Governor Rick Perry awards Clothesline Cleaners
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San Antonio has another reason to be proud. Clothesline Cleaners has been recognized by the Great State of Texas again. Governor Perry gave us top prize in the Going Green Awards.
 

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Talk about a resolution. Yeah, We all want to change the world. Big honor, the House of Representatives wrote House Res 2615 about Clothesline Cleaners.

 

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Winner's Circle

San Antonio, you picked a winner!
When we first started our non-toxic alternative to drycleaning, The Current chose Clothesline Cleaners as Editors Choice, Clean and Green. We won Best of SA! The SA Express-News welcomed our revolutionary efforts with articles that made the cover of Metro, Lifestyle and the Business Section. The National Association of Women Business Owners, NAWBO Spotlighted Clothesline Cleaners. SA Woman Magazine featured us in a story about women working for sustainability and a greener planet. Wow, we were so proud. The drycleaner's Trade Journal, National Clothesline (no connection) wrote three pages on us. Neighborhood News gave us ink all over SA. Nice that we didn't have to clean it up! Our greatest surprise and honor was House Resolution 2615, authored by Frank Corte."The 80th Texas Legislature hereby commends Derba Mills for combining entrepreneurial spirit with ecological concern" .We framed that one for the wall. Great news arrived from the Office of The Governor. Clothesline Cleaners won first place in the Texas wide Going Green Award. The San Antonio Business Journal featured us in their "Five Minutes With" segment. AOL did an interview, and oh yeah, NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, Sundance and Green chose Clothesline Cleaners for the EcoHangers story. We were all over, and we had a ball! The BIG win, and the one we are most of, is Green Retailer of the Year. San Antonio, we are grateful to you for your support. It is a joy to clean up after you.

 

No more hangups!

You've probably noticed the wire hangers returned to you from the cleaners are as prolific as rabbits in springtime. At Clothesline, this challenge has ALWAYS been on our short list. Most of you return and we recycle, and will continue this relationship as long as the hangers hold a shirt. We bend em back, and send em back out. However, about 3.5 billion of them escape from closets around the country and end up in landfills. The EcoHanger was created as alternative - it's made of 100% recycled paper and paid for with direct marketing ads on the hangers. Together, EcoHangers and Clothesline Cleaners are raising awareness and solving a problem. So far, EcoHangers have appeared in New York, San Francisco and other major markets. San Antonio, feel proud that Clothesline Cleaners was hand selected for this revolutionary campaign. Once again, San Antonio is making a global environmental impact, without even being asked. It's not natural to "throw it away" because as we all know, there's no such place as "away".

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A lipstick smudge. Oily food stains. It was obvious that the suede jacket bore witness to years of good times. But with a few swift bursts of spray, Martha Avalos, an employee with Clothesline Cleaners at 21518 Blanco Road, destroyed all the evidence. What was the magical substance that so quickly turned stubborn stains into memories? Just water and air. In fact, Derba Mills the owner of Clothesline Cleaners, prides herself on using ecologically friendly methods for her business. "I have a non-toxic environment, no perc (perchloroethylene). No hydrocarbons," she said. "I'm guided by a different light." "Different" is the operative word in describing Mills' wetcleaning operation. Though the rows of crisp-looking garments wrapped in plastic resemble what you would see in a traditional dry-cleaning operation, that is where the similarities end. With the wet-cleaning process, each garment is washed in a computor-contolled washing machine with more than 99 different settings, for everything from golf shirts to tablecloths.

While the clothing is submerged in water, its colors and fibers are protected by a collagen mist. All detergents are bio-degradable, Mills said. According to a 1999 study by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Garment and Textile Care Industry, wetcleaning generates no hazardous waste and no air pollution. It is safe to use for cotton, wool, silk, leather, even wedding gowns, and leaves no chemical smell. In this process less water is used with Clothesline's Miele wetclean machines, and employees require special training and skills, the study said. But Mills' clients say they come to Clothesline Cleaners because of the employees. "I go there not so much because of the environmental cause, but more because the service is great", said Matt Mayes, who frequents Mills' other location at 248 W Olmos Drive. "If there has been a tear in my elbow, they have sewn up my shirt. I didn't even ask them to do that." Mayes also said he brings his work clothes about once a week because the prices are competetive.

Sara Metersky said she first started going to Clothesline Cleanrs because it is close to her home but has kept coming back because of the special treatment she has received. "I had taken a sweater in, and (Mills) noticed one of the buttons was missing," Metersky said. "She took all the buttons off, cleaned the sweater and sewed the buttons back on so the missing button would not be so conspicuous. I thought that was geat customer service." Metersky said she and her husband, who is an avid recycler, are happy about the ecological benefits as well. "If you can get the same effect, and not (hurt) the environment, why not do it?" she said.

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