- Created on Tuesday, 02 July 2002 13:03
- Written by Staff
Washington, DC – ARTA members once again went to Capitol Hill to educate representatives, senators, assistants and agency managers about the cost and environmental benefits of reusable textiles.
“As healthcare or environmental issues arise, we want our lawmakers to be familiar with our organization, industry, and legislative agenda,” ARTA president Brad Bushman says. “Hopefully, this familiarity will produce support for our cause.”Key points of ARTA’s legislative agenda include the fact that reusable textiles provide significant cost-saving advantages vs. disposables. Their use can help healthcare agencies minimize the rising costs of patient care worldwide. Additionally, reusable textiles provide significant environmental benefits by reducing waste disposal. The Memorandum of Understanding between the EPA and the American Hospital Association to reduce waste generation 33 percent by 2005 and 50 percent by 2010 can be achieved by using reusable surgical and incontinence products. And, reusable products create economic opportunity in both inner city and rural communities. The textile, apparel and institutional / commercial laundering industries are large employers in all states of skilled and semi-skilled labor.
“ARTA Members assertively made the rounds to educate legislators and their staffs and to seek support for future efforts, such as our goal of having Medicare mandate the use of reusable incontinence pads in the home and at assisted-living facilities,” Howard Zins, ARTA’s legislative director says.
To reinforce their message, members distributed position papers, ARTA’s publication Reusable Textiles: A Prescription for Change, and ARTA’s advocacy videotape, “Reusable Textiles: The Responsible Choice.”
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