Every day, millions of people benefit from organizations that supply, launder and maintain linens, uniforms, protective clothing, mats and mops, towels, wipes and other reusable textiles. The nearly $125 Billion (USD) global linen, uniform and textile services industry serves businesses, retailers, hospitals and long-term care facilities, hotels, restaurants and other organizations to help enhance their image and provide clean, safe environments for their employees and customers. The industry employees more 1 million professionals worldwide and offers a sustainable alternative to home laundering and disposable products by leveraging expertise and volume to more cost-effective, efficiently and environmentally friendly processes.
The International Textile Services Alliance (ITSA) was established as a global forum to promote the value of textile, linen and uniform services and facilitate the exchange of information to further professionalize and improve cleanliness, safety and operations.
A new ITSA newsletter – Global Textile Services News – will help connect linen, workwear and facility services professions sharing news, trends, innovations and best practices through the recently launched ITSA website.
The new website reflects ITSA’s focus on broad, global issues as directed by the subject-matter experts of the respective participating associations such as environmental sustainability, digitalization and technology, regulation and standards development, hygiene and labor, in addition to news and social media feeds, a global event calendar, research and other information from ITSA’s participating associations:
- De Federatie van de Belgische Textielverzorging (FBT – Belgium)
- Deutscher Textilreinigungs Verband (DTV – Germany)
- European Textile Services Association (ETSA – Europe)
- Group of Industrial Enterprises of Textile Services (GEIST – France)
- Laundry Association of Australia (LAA – Australia)
- Norsk Renseri & Vaskeriforening (NRV – Norway)
- Sveriges Tvatteriforbund (Sweden)
- Textile Services Association (TSA – United Kingdom)
- TRSA, the Association for Linen, Uniform and Facility Services (North America)
ITSA members understand the importance of sharing information on global issues impacting the linen, workwear and facility services industry such as improving cleanliness and safety, reducing energy and water consumption, and creating sustainable business practices and processes based on guidelines and standards. The newsletter, website and World Textile Services Congress (WTSC) underscores ITSA’s commitment to worldwide industry collaboration.