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                                     FALLING IN LOVE: A BUSINESS MODEL

As part of our company’s move to a new, bigger warehouse, we had to buy and install 6,000 feet of storage racks. We got the standard three quotes, all pretty much the same price, but one of the vendors (also named Rick) said something that stuck with me: “I’ll be there for you in case there’s a problem.”

Sure enough, we had a problem. Rick, who claimed to have some thirty years of experience, recommended a configuration that turned out to be completely unworkable.




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Watch Ed Begley Jr. talk about his dry cleaner, Flair Cleaners and The Green Garmento!

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The Green Garmento is coming in a new hue for 2014, what are your predictions? 

PANTONE® Color of the Year 2014 Predictions Infographic, November 2013

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Change. You can hate the thought of it or can’t wait for it. One thing for sure, though: change is as inevitable as death and taxes. So it’s how we adapt to or create change that determines how best we’re going to cope with it.

For the kid turning 16, knowing they can now get their driver’s license is a change they’d looked forward to forever. Yet that change in life creates angst for parents, worried about the risk of accident and the foreboding nature of their child’s growing independence.

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Plastic waste found in lakes

10/17/13 12:08 PM

New reserch finds plastics are now threatening lakes as well as oceans. A new study completed at Lake Garda located in Northern Italy found levels of plastics simular to those in marine enviroments. 

                                                                          

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                       go green. save money

There’s a drycleaner in my neighborhood that brags that, “The only greener way to care for your clothes is to use a rock and a stream.”

That drycleaner has no solar panels, uses florescent lighting (which remains fully lit 24 hours a day, though they are closed for ten of those hours), has no reusable or even biodegradable packaging, and is in fact a perc cleaner. Why do they advertise themselves as green? “Because consumers like green.”

Oh.

And why don’t they don’t incorporate any green initiatives into their plant operations? “We’ve run our business the same way for fifty years, we see no reason to change.”

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Hollywood embraces The Green Garmento!

Perhaps you’ve heard about a movie that’s opening this week, THE INTERNSHIP.

It’s got a great cast — Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rose Byrne, John Goodman and Will Farrell — and it’s really smart and funny.

But this story of middle-aging guys trying to compete with young brainiacs for jobs at Google has something else going on; the film is filled with new innovations that will soon become commonplace. It’s got three or four versions of new-fangled bicycles, cars without drivers, the Google Glasses. Oh...and in an effort to show the future standard of drycleaning packaging, The Green Garmento is featured as the official Google reusable dry cleaning bag. 

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At The CLEAN Show 2009, we introduced ourselves and The Green Garmento bags, created to lower drycleaners’ polybag and garment cover costs while giving you a "green" marketing initiative with a product that your customers love.

At CLEAN 2011, we introduced our premium product, the KangerHanger bag, which includes a zippered pouch that fits up to 20 wire hangers; allowing you to recycle hangers and lower all of your packaging costs. We also introduced our Shirt Box Bag, which was created to replace your cardboard boxes and paper totes when used for folded shirts. The Box Bag is also sends a great "green" message to your community when used at the local grocery store, gym or school.

 So what’s new for CLEAN 2013? Something big. Huge. Gargantuan even...

Introducing

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WE’RE COUNTING DOWN THE TWENTY WEEKS TO “CLEAN” WITH THE TOP TWENTY REASONS TO USE THE GREEN GARMENTO! 

With the help of some of our customers, we've created a list of the top 20 ways 

The Green Garmento helps drycleaners’ businesses.

Each week you’ll learn why The Green Garmento can help your business. From improving the bottom line to increasing customer satisfaction to branding, we'll do our best to answer your questions about our reusable bag program. Now here's...

This Clean Reason: Introducing a NEW Color!

Green Trees

 

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WE’RE COUNTING DOWN THE TWENTY WEEKS TO “CLEAN” WITH THE TOP TWENTY REASONS TO USE THE GREEN GARMENTO! 

With the help of some of our customers, we've created a list of the top 20 ways 

The Green Garmento helps drycleaners’ businesses.

Each week you’ll learn why The Green Garmento can help your business. From improving the bottom line to increasing customer satisfaction to branding, we'll do our best to answer your questions about our reusable bag program. Now here's...

This Clean Reason: A Message From Flair Cleaners in Los Angeles

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WE’RE COUNTING DOWN THE TWENTY WEEKS TO “CLEAN” WITH THE TOP TWENTY REASONS TO USE THE GREEN GARMENTO! 

With the help of some of our customers, we've created a list of the top 20 ways 

The Green Garmento helps drycleaners’ businesses.

Each week you’ll learn why The Green Garmento can help your business. From improving the bottom line to increasing customer satisfaction to branding, we'll do our best to answer your questions about our reusable bag program. Now here's...

This Clean Reason: The Green Garmento® Helps with Yelp!


 


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It’s the Countdown to Clean! 

WE’RE COUNTING DOWN THE TWENTY WEEKS TO “CLEAN” WITH THE TOP TWENTY REASONS TO USE THE GREEN GARMENTO! 

With the help of some of our customers, we've created a list of the top 20 ways 

The Green Garmento helps drycleaners’ businesses.

Each week you’ll learn why The Green Garmento can help your business. From improving the bottom line to increasing customer satisfaction to branding, we'll do our best to answer your questions about our reusable bag program. Now here's...

Reason #15: Because The Green Garmento® Stands Behind You After The Sale


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It’s the Countdown to Clean!

 

WE’RE COUNTING DOWN THE TWENTY WEEKS TO “CLEAN” WITH THE TOP TWENTY REASONS TO USE THE GREEN GARMENTO

With the help of some of our customers, we've created a list of the top 20 ways 

The Green Garmento helps drycleaners’ businesses.

Each week you’ll learn why The Green Garmento can help your business. From improving the bottom line to increasing customer satisfaction to branding, we'll do our best to answer your questions about our reusable bag program. Now here's...

 

Reason #17: Because The Green Garmento® Keeps Its Cool (No Matter How Hot and Humid The Weather)

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It’s the Countdown to Clean!

 

WE’RE COUNTING DOWN THE TWENTY WEEKS TO “CLEAN” WITH THE TOP TWENTY REASONS TO USE THE GREEN GARMENTO

With the help of some of our customers, we've created a list of the top 20 ways 

The Green Garmento helps drycleaners’ businesses.

Each week you’ll learn why The Green Garmento can help your business. From improving the bottom line to increasing customer satisfaction to branding, we'll do our best to answer your questions about our reusable bag program. Now here's...

 

 Reason #18: Because Your Poly Bag Isn't Going To Be On ABC'S SHARK TANK This Friday Night!

 


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It’s the Countdown to Clean!

 

WE’RE COUNTING DOWN THE TWENTY WEEKS TO “CLEAN” WITH THE TOP TWENTY REASONS TO USE THE GREEN GARMENTO

With the help of some of our customers, we've created a list of the top 20 ways 

The Green Garmento helps drycleaners’ businesses.

Each week you’ll learn why The Green Garmento can help your business. From improving the bottom line to increasing customer satisfaction to branding, we'll do our best to answer your questions about our reusable bag program. Now here's...

 

 Reason #19:  The Green Garmento suits a need for those in uniform.

 

 

 


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It’s the Countdown to Clean!

 

WE’RE COUNTING DOWN THE TWENTY WEEKS TO “CLEAN” WITH THE TOP TWENTY REASONS TO USE THE GREEN GARMENTO

With the help of some of our customers, we've created a list of the top 20 ways 

The Green Garmento helps drycleaners’ businesses.

Each week you’ll learn why The Green Garmento can help your business. From improving the bottom line to increasing customer satisfaction to branding, we'll do our best to answer your questions about our reusable bag program. Now here's...

 

 Reason #1: It Saves Your Business Money

 


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Cleaning out closets and getting rid of unwearable clothing are popular New Year’s resolutions. There are many ways to recycle the items you no longer want. Charity donation centers and thrift stores are always options, but why not try some simple DIY projects? 

5 New Purposes For An Old T-shirt

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The Green Garmento is excited to announce that we are now a part of One More Generation’s Plastic Awareness Coalition. 

The Plastic Awareness Coalition is a group of organizations headed by One More Generation that aims to raise awareness about the dangers plastic poses to wildlife and the environment. One More Generation also created a plastic awareness curriculum for schools co as a way to help educate young people about the problems with plastic. 

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When most of us go home during the holidays, we return to traditional-type houses built with the standard ‘wood and stucco’ and the occasional brick or rock accent. 

For some eco-conscious homeowners, home is a built using upcycled objects. Check out the photos below.

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November, the month when leaves change colors, cold weather arrives, families come together and men grow facial hair.

Yep, you read that correctly. It is time for No Shave November.  

No Shave November is the month during which men, and sometimes women, opt not to shave. Movember, No Shave Novembers ‘cousin’ encourages men to grow mustaches to benefit men’s health charities. 

 

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We use our cellphones for everything here at Green Garmento – we check emails, listen to music and look up the nearest coffee shops. All the time we spend on our phones can easily run down the battery and until now, plugging into electrical outlets provided the only way to recharge. 

 

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We are proud to have Arya Cleaners in the great San Diego area as our dry cleaner of the week! They do many things to help the environment, including using sustainable and reusable garment bags such as The Green Garmento :)

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Green Funny = Green Money!

4/12/12 1:35 PM

 

So if there is one thing we love here at The Green Garmento (besides helping the planet) it's photos of our awesome customers enjoying their reusable bags! So we have brainstormed a way to combine the two AND give out rewards to the most creative ones. That's why we have come up with a new and fun contest for you called "Green Funny = Green Money" 

This is what we want you to do...

 

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Eco Clean has served the Austin area with non-toxic professional garment cleaning and wash and fold laundry service since 1966!

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Do Something ... Anything

3/18/12 2:05 PM

 

Written By Rick Siegel

LOS ANGELES — The editorial director for American Drycleaner asked if I’d write this month’s column to match up with one of the edition’s themes: energy efficiency.

“Sure,” I said, “I devote my life to being energy-efficient—although my wife more often refers to it as lazy.” I will admit to keeping the remotes when we get new cable TV boxes so I don’t need to expend the energy just looking for a single remote when there are two in the room. In the summer, we continually feed our dog treats so we can use his tail as a fan.

 

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"The intent was never to nickel or dime anybody," mayor Ed Lee said. "But if it takes 10 cents to remind somebody that their habits are in their control, I think that's something we're willing to consider doing."

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Opponents say plastic bag bans will make shopping less convenient and give consumers fewer choices...

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We will be holding a large gourmet food truck/charity event this Friday the 16th at Hilltop Cleaners in Encino CA from 11:30am-2:30pm! The following food trucks will be there : The Grilled Cheese truck, India Jones Chow truck and Lake St Creamery. We are also accepting any toys or clothes for donations to a variety of charities. There will be coupon and prize give aways as well! Don't miss this awesome event!

 

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This week The Situation was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and made a couple bloopers when they brought our his GTL Green Garmento. To celebrate, we're giving you the rare chance to get TWO GTL bags for only $19.99! Just click here to buy, but check out our "pop-up"-style video first... it puts things in perspective!

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Bugging Out!

11/8/11 2:05 PM

Who wouldn't want to sit down at their favorite restaurant, order a nice bottle of aged Pinot Noir, an appetizer of fine cheeses, and a large steaming entree of water beetles? YUM!??

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Drive Cleaning Offers 100% Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaning with FREE Pick-up and Delivery!

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Halloween is upon us, there is nothing I would rather do than play dress up "McFly" style and roll up to the party in my brand new electric Delorean!

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Imagine this. You are driving on your way home or perhaps on vacation on a desert highway. The sunset colors soak the wildlife with contrast and beauty. Your favorite music is playing on your ipod, providing the soundtrack to compliment this stunning scenery. A cool breeze brushes through your hair and your fingertips tap the steering wheel to the beat of the song . This is the  perfect drive...or is it? You take a closer look. Wait a minute...are all these bushes sponsored by supermarkets???

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America’s largest drycleaning franchise with over 240 stores, Martinizing Dry Cleaners, has a new ‘green’ initiative: reducing their single-use plastic through a partnership with reusable drycleaning bag company, The Green Garmento™.

Martinizing Marketing Manager Tom Moehringer explains, “We view reusable bags to be the next step forward from single-use plastic packaging. Now our franchisees have access to The Green Garmento™, which is incredibly user friendly, has such strong customer satisfaction, while improving our franchisees’ bottom lines. We’re proud to include the Garmento bags in our growing roster of sustainable products and services.” 

 

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Tamarins

School children in Columbia have taken part in a program run by the Wildlife Conservation Network called Proyecto Tití, in which they are helping to clean the environment of Cotton-Top Tamarins by picking up paper and plastic trash. The children have thus far collected over 30 million plastic bags!

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Our good friends at Emerald Cleaners are offering $100 of free valet dry cleaning to all new customers right now. New customers will also receive a FREE Green Garmento bag! If you live in the Boston area, be sure to sign up right away!

 

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Wanna get a FREE Green Garmento bag AND help your local dry cleaner go green?

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We’ve seen recently how popular bicycling has become. Multiple cities across Europe have started community biking projects and New York City and D.C. may soon join them. The environmental impact alone is worth biking to work everyday, but have you seen how much money you can save as well?

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Back To School Green Guide

8/31/11 5:50 PM

With schools going back into session soon (if it hasn’t already happened), you’re probably wondering how to stay as green as possible while still buying the supplies that you’ll need to get you, or your kids through the school year. Here’s a compilation of helpful tips to staying green while buying school supplies!

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Yesterday’s earthquake on the East Coast has many people wondering how they can prepare for the next one that comes out of nowhere.

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Written By Rick Siegel.

LOS ANGELES — There’s a drycleaner in my neighborhood that brags that, “The only greener way to care for your clothes is to use a rock and a stream.”

That drycleaner has no solar panels, uses fluorescent lighting (which remains lit 24 hours a day, though the business is closed for 10 of those hours), has no reusable or even bio-degradable packaging, and is in fact a perc cleaner. Why does the business advertise itself as green? “Because consumers like green.”

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RECYCLE

It can be really hard to know what you can put in the recycling bin at the front curb every week. There are so many types of materials used in everyday waste that it can confuse even the savviest recycling maniac. We put together this handy little guide to help you out!

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The Green School

In Bali, Indonesia, one man has made it his life's work to create a green school to give children "a holistic education", emphasizing the environment and living sustainably.

 

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Taco Bell Goes Green

8/3/11 6:32 PM

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This last week Taco Bell announced that it would test out an environmentally friendly restaurant location against one that's not environmentally friendly in Middleown, OH.

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Hummers to Homes

7/27/11 6:16 PM

Hummers To Homes

L.A.-based architecture and design firm HplusF has thought up a brilliant idea to recycle old gas guzzling Hummers into an interesting form of housing.

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Our prez, Jennie Nigrosh, was recently interviewed by JP Selects about Green Garmento, the GTL bag, and more!

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We at The Green Garmento love it when we get word that another state, county or city has made an effort to ban plastic bags. Usually when we read news about it we share it with you on Facebook and Twitter, but understanding the magnitude of each baby step may get lost. So in celebration of progressive legislation, we decided to post a list of every place in the USA that has or is cureently trying to get rid of that troublesome plastic! Without further ado, we bring you FANTASTIC PLACES!

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THE PERFECT… Save Your Clothes, Save Your Cash, Save Your Planet Friday Food Truck Event!

Sponsored by The Green Garmento™ and Perfect Cleaners

We're happy to have Food Truck Catering spread the news on our gourmet food truck event happening this Friday with Perfect Cleaners!

Stop by Perfect Cleaners this FRIDAY and indulge in two of LA’s premiere gourmet food trucks, get a FREE Green Garmento™ reusable dry cleaning bag, PERFECT money saving coupons and enter to win $100 free environmentally friendly dry cleaning!





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Orginally Published on the News-Register: June 8, 2011

By GAIL OBERST

Of the News-Register

The owners of Alpine Cleaners in McMinnville are offering their customers a new way to be "green" - by eliminating the giant plastic bags that traditionally cover dry-cleaned clothes.

For a one-time fee, sister and brother owners Patti Jeanfaivre and Allan Wright will replace the single-use plastic bag with the "Green Garmento," which can be used both as a laundry duffel and garment cover. Customers who don't purchase the Green Garmento bag will get instead a biodegradable poly bag on their clean clothes, which is non-toxic and breaks down in the landfill within two years.

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Recoup Revenue


Reusable dry cleaning bag innovator The Green Garmento™ introduces two new products to help the environment AND dry cleaning industry’s bottom line


Two and a half years ago The Green Garmento™ entered the market as the first non-woven polypropylene all-in-one reusable dry cleaning garment bag, with proprietary, user-friendly features like handles, a shoulder strap and a side zipper.





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(McMinnville, OR) – Already transitioned into an environmentally friendly cleaning process with GreenEarth Cleaning solvents, Alpine Cleaners is expanding their earth-friendly practices by setting their sights on phasing out single-use drycleaning plastic.

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An Earth Day Epiphany

4/7/11 1:04 PM

Written By Rick Siegel
Originally Published in American Drycleaner

CHICAGO — I confess: I was once about as eco-unfriendly as you could get. I drove a gas-guzzling car, believed a light off was a light wasted, and even though the City of Los Angeles provided me with the appropriate bins, I couldn’t be bothered to separate my recyclables. What impact could one person have, anyway?


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Written by Spencer Kent

Remember our blog post a couple months back about Sun Chips canning their biodegradable bags because of noise complaints? We weren't too happy with their decision then, but it looks like they may have made right.



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Last Friday we set up shop at Flair Cleaners in Burbank for what would prove to be our second successful food truck event. This time around we were joined by food truck legends, Grill 'Em All, to serve our guests delicious and creative gut-busting hamburgers. For dessert, Coolhaus rolled out with their unique truck to serve gourmet cookie ice cream sandwiches.

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Our very own Jennie Nigrosh was recently interviewd by GreenLivingGuy on Blog Talk Radio! Click play on the widget below to hear the whole thing!

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To maintain his signature six-pack and style, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino lives by the motto “GTL”: Gym, Tan, Laundry.  Thanks to his new partnership with The Green Garmento™, the eco-friendly all-in-one reusable drycleaning and laundry bag, GTL now also means “Green The Laundry.” 

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Meet The Naked Drycleaner!

12/13/10 5:14 PM

Happy Holidays from the Naked Dry Cleaner! You can follow Stan and his many naked adventures over on Twitter!

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Food Truck Event Recap

11/30/10 12:21 PM

Just before Thanksgiving on a chilly friday in Encino, The Green Garmento united two of Los Angeles' biggest scenes: food trucks and green living. With the help of some of the best trucks LA has to offer, hundreds of people came out to the grandiose Hilltop Cleaners on Ventura Boulevard to fight the cold with some warm comfort food and check out two businesses that have been working hard to make dry cleaning more eco-friendly.

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THE save your clothes, save your money, save your planet great food truck event!

Sponsored by The Green Garmento™ and Hilltop Cleaners


Stop by Hilltop Cleaners and indulge in three of LA’s amazing gourmet food trucks, get a FREE Green Garmento™ reusable dry-cleaning bag, money saving coupons and other cool swag!

When:   Friday, November 19th 11:30am – 3:00pm

Where: Hilltop’s awesome party parking lot / 16422 Ventura Blvd., Encino, CA 91436









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Staying Green On Halloween!

10/31/10 1:12 PM

Written By Spencer Kent

Halloween is finally here! The joyous fall holiday that allows us to escape reality for just a night by dressing up in fun outfits and feeding the child in all of us with mountains of candy (especially the parents!) On carefree nights like this, it's easy to overlook some of the really simple steps we can take to make this orange and black hued holiday just a little greener.

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Written By Spencer Kent

As someone who as in some form or another worked in the 'green' business for a good three years now, I get excited when I see big-branded companies take the extra steps to become more environmentally conscious. When the news hit a while back that FritoLay's SunChips had switched all of their products over to 100% biodegradable bags, I was thrilled and proud. As an avid fan of the brand, I experienced a definite sense of pride that they were the first to make such a bold and meaningful move toward the health and future of this planet. In fact, I remember buying a bag of Harvest Cheddar (my personal favorite) that week to celebrate.

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The Green Garmento was featured in The Sunday New York Times Business Section!

 

 



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The following article is from: http://www.edie.net/news/news_story.asp?id=17804 Plastic bags marked as degradable may not be as environmentally-friendly as consumers think, according to new research.

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Created to eliminate single-use plastic from drycleaning in the same way smaller totes do for groceries, The Green Garmento is having a second surprisingly positive impact: improving drycleaners' revenue. As a result, just six months from its introduction, the product is fast becoming a must-have for America's drycleaners. Read More

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Hollywood Goes Green!

7/7/09 6:52 AM

At least two major Hollywood studios have hit on a cost-efficient way to cultivate good will among their environmentally conscious employees and the vocal and dedicated green actors who work on their lots. Both 20th Century Fox and Universal have turned over their tons of annual dry-cleaning to a local company committed to eliminating single use plastic dry-cleaning bags, 300 million pounds of which overflow land fills and clog waterways in the United States every year. Read More

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Hi ya’ll! (Too much Texas? I’ll try to rein it in.) So here’s my story. I was born and raised in the great state of Texas, graduated from The University of Texas at Austin (Hook em’ Horns!) in May 2008, and promptly moved out west to Hollywood! I fell in love with the beach and proceeded to have one awesome summer. Then, this little Texas girl took on a big ole’ fashion show national tour- it was crazy! All my time in beautiful Cali got me thinkin’ green, and when the opportunity came up to handle the social networking for The Green Garmento I was instantly on board. I moved back home because I wanted to be near my family. I am so lucky because I get to rock out the Green Garmento all the way from Texas. Read More

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Meet Team Green Garmento

3/27/09 6:45 AM

We'll be introducing you to the members of our Team Green Garmento one blog at a time. Today, meet Jodi. We heart Jodi. She runs our social networking sites and is super cool, smart and sassy. I can say sassy, it's quirky. Some fun Jodi facts: She's from Texas. So if you hear an accent in her blogs, that's why. She's great in front of crowds. She MC'd a huge fashion show we produced together and the crowd loved her more than they loved the guest celeb. Let's see, what else; Oh ya, she's part of Team Green Garmento because she very passionate about all things green. Except Kermit. That's between Jodi and the frog. Read More

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Drycleaners are people too

3/14/09 5:43 PM

When Rick (my husband) and I started The Green Garmento, we realized it would be a big departure from our day-to-day life working in the entertainment industry. Not only would we have to stop swearing like sailors, we'd have to learn a new, complicated business and speak a whole new language. And we'd have to forge new relationships with a group of people we didn't know. It was a little scary. But from the day we introduced The Green Garmento at The Fabricare Drycleaners Convention in August, we knew we knew everything would be OK. We met hundreds and hundreds of drycleaning professionals. Mostly store and plant owners. They were families, married couples, grandparents and part-time teachers. They were third generation drycleaners from Las Vegas and brand new store owners in Downtown LA . Read More

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Posted in News By Jennie