What’s the Difference Between Renewable and Sustainable?

Prudential Overall Supply has been providing uniform rentals, laundering services, and more to Fortune 500 companies for decades. In doing so, the company is committed to using eco-friendly materials and has built a culture of sustainability. Clean Green Certification by the Textile Rental Services Association (TRSA) means customers can depend on a leading provider of green  garments and more to meet their requirements.

The designation reflects the company’s efficient use of energy, water, and other resources. The company’s laundering operations and delivery of apparel and reusable goods such as mops, floor mats, and towels are also considerations. Being green is a major benefit these days, but many don’t realize that renewable and sustainable don’t always mean the same thing.

Renewable Does Not Always Mean Sustainable

Prudential’s uniform services are highly valued, thanks to clean green certification. People often tack on the words renewable and sustainable, which are both used to describe energy sources. However, the two terms have very different meanings.

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  • Renewable Energy: Renewable resources are constantly replenished, such as those derived organically or that are naturally recycled. Solar, wind, geothermal, and hydropower are all renewable, as opposed to fossil fuels that take much longer to create. Even excessive use of renewable resources can make a particular energy source unsustainable.
  • Sustainable Energy: To be sustainable, an energy resource must be maintained for the foreseeable future. It must continue to supply a business’s or society’s needs, but, in the process, the energy source must not run out or somehow become unusable. If a renewable resource is used up more quickly than it’s generated, it can be depleted.

On the other hand, non-renewable resources, if used in moderation, can be sustainable.

Most people associate sustainable energy with environmental preservation. The practice of using a certain energy source must not cause significant environmental damage. When this definition is applied, various opinions, some politically charged, come into play. For example, some argue that oil, natural gas, and coal are sustainable (despite their impact on the environment) because of their availability.

Maintaining Long-Term Sustainability

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Using renewable energy resources alone isn’t enough to be recognized for green practices. Prudential  garments serve customers in many ways, but the company’s resource conservation and discharge control practices have qualified to be the first chain industrial laundry operation to receive Clean Green Certification in 2012. This includes the laundry and other  services offered by Prudential.

In a recent press release, the company noted its uniform cleaning service is more sustainable than washing employee uniforms at home. Less water and energy per garment are required. Cleaning services offered by uniform stores use less paper as well.

Prudential Overall Supply is a leading source of work uniforms available for rental, lease, or purchase. The company also offers sustainable garment processing services, flame resistant work clothes, and various types of flooring, food processing, medical, and cleanroom supplies. Call 800-767-5536 for more information and help in finding the right products for your business.