NEW YORK —Cintas Corp.’s new washable tuxedo earned the company the Editors’ Choice Award for “Green Guest Amenities” on Sunday during the opening of the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show (IHMRS).
The single-breasted tuxedos for men and women are partially composed of recycled polyester fibers woven from recycled plastic bottles and are machine-washable.
“Saving the environment is important to our company and our customers, so we are delivering the products to help them do just that,” says Todd McKeown, vice president of hospitality at Cintas. “Our previous tuxedo was dryclean only. This new option not only helps reduce environmental impact, but it also saves hotels the expense of drycleaning.”
In addition to its environmental profile, the tuxedo incorporates modern styling and a sleek look, Cintas says. Both the men’s and women’s collections feature fully lined jackets with two-button closures, upper-left-chest welt pockets and center back vents. The pants include built-in waist extenders hidden in the waistbands, flat-front styling and front quarter pockets.
The awards program recognizes best new products within the categories of design; equipment and supplies; guest amenities; linens; and technology, as well as eco-friendly equivalents to each category.
Valley Forge Fabrics won the Linens category with its Expand-A-Grip®, a fitted girdle that stretches in two different directions. This makes it easier to install over the mattress and/or box spring, preventing shifting.
The IHMRS continues through tomorrow at the Javits Center.