2015 Corporate
Responsibility Report


Cintas is an industry leader in sustainable products, services and innovations.

We continue finding ways to minimize our environmental footprint and that of our customers—in every way possible.

Environmental Sustainability Products and Services

Many Cintas cleaners, degreasers and paper products have been Green Seal certified, demonstrating they meet strict sustainability standards evaluated by a third party.

Recycled Suiting and Uniforms
Our customers are looking for more sustainable apparel options so Cintas offers 70 styles of uniforms made with recycled polyester. The Regeneration Collection is made from textiles created with plastic bottles, and diverted more than 19 million bottles from landfills in 2015. Click here to watch the recycling and textile creation in action.

In a terrific partnership with Marriott International, Cintas helped the hotel and hospitality chain meet their sustainability goals, and we received past recognition from Marriott with a Supplier Sustainability Award for our range of innovative products and services. Continuing today, hotels across nine Marriott brands wear uniforms from Cintas’ product range made of Regeneration suiting. Each item of clothing purchased by Marriott contains an average of 25 plastic bottles and a client wear test resulted in feedback that the wearers preferred the fit, feel and care of the 100 percent recycled suit over their previous uniform.

Bottles Diverted from Landfill for Cintas’ Regeneration Collection

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Plant-based AR Red™ Collection
Made with DuPont™ Sorona®renewably sourced fiber, the fabric we use in our AR Red Collection reduces carbon dioxide emissions used in the manufacturing process by as much as 63 percent. The collection was created in collaboration with the well-known Austin Reed brand, and consists of options for both men and women.

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Phoenix Floor Mats
Cintas’ Phoenix Floor Mats are manufactured by using post-consumer plastic bottles that are ground and extruded to produce a high-quality fiber, keeping thousands of plastic bottles out of landfills every year.

Signature Series
Our complete restroom line was created with sustainability in mind. The Signature Series Paper Towel Dispenser is specially designed to minimize wasted resources. The design of the cabinet ensures that the user only takes one piece of paper at a time and the absorbent texture of the paper minimizes consumption. The Signature Series air freshener uses a passive system rather than blasts of aerosols or propellants, resulting in higher air quality. The Signature Series moisturizing foam soap is EcoLogo™ Certified as well as a USDA Certified Biobased Product. Click here to learn more about Cintas’ Signature Series.

Microfiber Cleaning System
Cintas partnered with Rubbermaid Commercial Products to create an innovative Microfiber Cleaning System that reduces chemical and water usage up to 95 percent, and sends less waste to landfill since microfiber lasts up to 6 times longer than cotton. Click here to learn more about the system.

Green Seal Certified Products
Some Cintas cleaners and paper products have been Green Seal certified, demonstrating they meet strict sustainability standards evaluated by a third party. Click here to learn more about Green Seal certification.

Cintas Drain Line Maintainer
Designed for commercial kitchens, the Cintas Drain Line Maintainer (DLM) digests the fats, oils, grease and other kitchen food wastes that accumulate in drain lines, keeping drains flowing freely. The Cintas DLM is not only more effective than bleach, it’s safer for pipes, plumbing, employees and the environment. As a result, the DLM was recognized by the U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice Program.

Chemtron Coil Cleaning
Certified as a Green Process by the Green Clean Institute, coil cleaning gives air conditioning units a professional deep cleaning, and enables hoteliers to lower their energy bills, extend the life of units and improve indoor air quality. It provides in-room energy consumption reductions of up to 17%.

Cintas is a Partner in LEED Certification
Cintas is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and has a wide range of products and services that contribute to LEED Certification, particularly in Facility Services. In this category alone, there are eight products or services that comply with LEED credit requirements:

  • Cleaning Chemicals
  • Restroom Supplies
  • Microfiber Cleaning System
  • Parts Cleaning
  • Mat Services
  • Mop Services
  • Towel Services
  • Tile and Carpet Cleaning

Sustainability in Action

We practice sustainability throughout Cintas, but we also partner with communities and organizations that share our commitment to environmental stewardship.

Matthew 25: Ministries
Our long history of supporting Matthew 25: Ministries, an international humanitarian aid organization, has resulted in 14,000,000 pounds of product donations—which otherwise would have ended up in landfill—to date. This partnership is even more rewarding because we’re supporting a local non-profit in their mission to make the world a better place while maintaining our commitments to both sustainability and being a good corporate citizen in our communities.

Business Collaboration

Green and Living It: Earth Day 2015

Earth Day is an annual event at Cintas and our employee-partners look forward to promoting sustainability in a number of ways.

Electronics Recycling – Mason, OH
Cintas partnered with Cohen recycling to offer free electronic recycling. Cintas employee-partners delivered more than 40 carloads of items to recycle, totaling 6,695 pounds of electronics!

Cintas E.A.R.T.H. Pull Tab Campaign

E.A.R.T.H Citizenship Volunteerism

E.A.R.T.H Citizenship Volunteerism

Cintas began this effort in 2011 to promote recycling and also to allow locations across the world the opportunity to give back to Ronald McDonald House by participating in the Pop Tab Collections Program. The program exchanges pop tabs for cash value at local recycling centers, providing much-needed funds for the families of children facing medical crises. Since 2011, Cintas employee partners have donated 2,894 pounds of pop tabs from locations across the country.


ECO-GENERATION SUITING: Turning millions of recycled plastic water bottles into new suits.



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