Specialty Fabrics Review May 2019 - 32

CREATIVELY GREEN
Creative Coverings is a national linen
rental company based in Sparks, Nev.,
established in 1995, that also manufactures
linens for sale to rental companies.
Nancy Stolz, the company's director
of design, points out that at its core, her
organization's business is eco-friendly.
"Renting linens is much greener than
using disposable products," she says.
According to Stolz, thanks to owners
and employees who are passionate
about the subject, Creative Coverings
pays attention to sustainability in all
aspects of its business-from the way
its linens are laundered to how clients
ship back their used tablecloths and
napkins. The company is built around
the environmental principles of the
Green SealĀ® program and Design for the
Environment, a program of the EPA. The
products Creative Coverings uses have
also been awarded the EnviroKleen label
for meeting environmental concern and
protection standards.

"The waste of fabric is always considered
during the manufacturing process so that
minimal amounts of excess remain," says
Stolz. "Every single linen is used to its full
advantage. If something is damaged, we
come up with other ways to utilize it; we
cut it down to a different size or cut it into
swatches. We often create tote bags or
napkin and runner sets that we donate or
sell, and in recent years added couture throw
pillows for use in event lounge spaces."
When Creative Coverings ships its
orders, says Stolz, it pays extra to be part
of UPS's carbon neutral program, which
supports projects that offset the emissions
of the shipment's transport. Then, when
clients return their items, they use a
canvas shipping bag provided by Creative
Coverings, which saved more than 4,000
cardboard boxes last year.
The company's environmental
emphasis is, according to Stolz, "a work in
progress. We have a very creative team that
is always coming up with ideas that can
help us go more green."

Creative Coverings makes tote bags
from scrap fabric for client gifts.
Photo: Creative Coverings.

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Staff at Creative Coverings measure
out a scrap of fabric in preparation for
recycling it into a different size linen or
client gift. Photo: Creative Coverings.



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