November 17, 2014 // Franchising.com // GREENBELT, Md. – In an industry that often coincides with negative sentiments in regards to eco-friendliness, ZIPS Dry Cleaning strives to become a leader with sustained efforts to minimize harm on the environment through technology and strict standards. Beginning as eight dry cleaners in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, ZIPS has grown to nearly 40 locations in the Mid-Atlantic region.
ZIPS uses a variety of technological techniques to insure that their dry cleaning locations venture away from harmful chemicals like Perchloroethylene or Tetrachloroethylene. Locations use a filter system to avoid the need to cook solvents, and use approximately 75 percent less solvent than other dry cleaning companies. Because of this, ZIPS creates 90 percent less waste than most operations.
In order to maintain this level of eco-friendly practices, ZIPS supervises all franchises to make sure they meet the most stringent local, state and federal regulations. But these regulations are often not enough, and ZIPS has set lofty goals to make the entire company more responsive to the environment.
The bags at ZIPS are biodegradable and use far less plastic than the industry standard, causing them to break down at a faster rate. The company uses 75 percent less cleaning solution, at the same time avoiding common chemicals like chlorine bleach. As for energy output, ZIPS utilizes less energy than other dry cleaning companies by using natural gas fried boilers, which run more efficiently than electric or oil. ZIPS also avoids stills to cut dry cleaning cycle times by 50 percent.
"As ZIPS continues its development in major DMA's across the Eastern US and beyond, it is our intention to remain an industry leader. Our cutting edge technology married to our environmentally friendly process is good for the brand, the landlord, and most importantly, the consumer," said VP of Franchise Operations, Andy Cucchiara.
With an astounding 90 percent less waste than other operations, ZIPS goes a step further than mandated regulations, requiring owners to dispose of the clay filtration systems through a third party specialist that follows all government practices.
"We want to go above and beyond the basic standard of the industry. We want to be the leaders in efficient, technological and eco-friendly dry cleaning, said Cucchiara.
Founded in 1996 and franchising since 2006, ZIPS Dry Cleaners' successful business model is based on a concept revolutionary to the industry and clearly in high demand to today's dry cleaning customer – dry cleaning that is ready for pick-up the same day it's dropped off and all for a flat-rate price of $1.99. Headquartered in Greenbelt, MD, ZIPS operates 40 stores in the Mid-Atlantic region. For more information, visit www.321zips.com.
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