In December 2020, the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW®) was pleased to announce its partnership with the Textiles Services Association (TSA), the finest in the commercial laundry and textile rental businesses.
The partnership is poised to provide end-to-end support and guidance to every aspect of textile manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers. This union between PCIAW® and TSA represents the firm links between the wider professional clothing industry and the industrial laundry sector, which are mutually reliant on one another.
The PCIAW® elevates expertise and innovation within the professional clothing industry, fostering collaboration and peer-to-peer support through exclusive industry networking events and gatherings created for the buyers, by the buyers. As the pre-eminent trade association for textile service professionals, the TSA has sustained a strong network which monitors professional standards, trains workforces, and champions the textile industry’s services across the UK.
Sustainable, conscious solutions
The PCIAW® is a firm believer in inspiring continued innovation and collaboration within the textile and manufacturing industry. We believe that when shared expertise is brought to the fore, the results lend themselves to unparalleled growth and excellence. The TSA is renowned for establishing beneficial agreements for members of the textile industry, successfully negotiating the Climate Change Agreement to secure resource-efficiency by rewarding laundries which consciously reduce energy consumption and promote eco-efficiency. TSA consultants have led proficient Technical Standards, ensuring a standard of utmost quality and efficiency.
More recently, the TSA has played a prominent role in lobbying the UK government to replace single-use gowns in the wake of an exponential growth in single-use personal protective equipment (PPE) during the pandemic. The TSA effectively demonstrated the inadequacy of single-use isolation gowns, which were neither cost-effective nor environmentally positive, ultimately disrupting the textile industry’s road towards a sustainable future.
As an alternative, the TSA delivered a permanent long-term solution by supporting reusable, environmentally-conscious isolation gowns, with sustainability at the forefront of their policy. The TSA has furthered that reusable isolation gowns can be laundered up to 75 times. Both the PCIAW® and TSA concur on the efficacy of reusable isolation gowns, which minimise adverse economic and environmental effects.
Inspiring a dynamic future
“TSA are proud to partner with PCIAW®,” declared David Stevens, CEO of the Textiles Services Association. “We have been lobbying the UK government for the last nine months to incorporate reusable isolation gowns into their official PPE strategy.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) have finally paid recognition to the idea of reusable gowns in the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Strategy released in October, giving the industry and environment hope.”
The PCIAW® joins TSA to champion a trusted network of integral members, who offer unique areas of expertise in the production of reusable isolation gowns. By elevating individuals with a deep understanding of the commercial laundry process, we can embed longevity and cost-effective quality in health and safety-related products and services offered in the UK and across the world.
Yvette Ashby, CEO of PCIAW®, added: “Sustainability lies at the heart of the professional clothing industry, and in order to reach our carbon footprint targets by 2050, we must do everything we can to ensure that happens. As we all know, the textile industry is the second largest polluter after aviation.”
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