ALEXANDRIA, Va.— The Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) has begun a new collaboration with H2E, a nonprofit group comprised of healthcare facilities seeking to improve their environmental performance.
Laura Brannen, H2E’s executive director, addressed TRSA’s Joint Committee Meeting last month in St. Louis, saying that expanding their use of reusable textiles is one step that hospitals can take to reduce pollution.
TRSA and H2E have developed a joint website aimed at educating healthcare providers on the environmental benefits of reusable textiles. The site is intended to help providers locate textile service companies in their areas, and provides spreadsheets and other tools for documenting reduction in solid waste via use of reusable textiles.
“H2E is a tremendous program with a laudable goal of tackling the issue of environmental impact by the $3 trillion healthcare industry,” says TRSA President/CEO Roger Cocivera in Textile Rental, the association’s magazine. “Our industry is a natural ally in the effort, and we are excited to be part of this impressive program.”
TRSA encourages textile service companies providing reusable healthcare textiles to establish links to H2E’s site – http://cms.h2e-online.org/ee/waste-reduction/waste-minimization/textile.
H2E’s membership represents more than 7,500 healthcare facilities, including hospitals, clinics and nursing homes. Its founding organizations include the American Hospital Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the American Nurses Association.