ARTA's goal is to provide resources and tools that help you sell and market reusable textiles. To that end, each year we develop at least one tool or marketing resource available at no charge to you — our member.

The value of these items is equivalent to that of ARTA's modest dues ($850) or more, if your organization had to purchase independently. ARTA invites any company or individual interested in supporting the reusable textile industry to join the association.​ Our members are suppliers to the industry, as well as operators of commercial, institutional or cooperative laundries.

Why Join?

ARTA provides an effective voice in promoting user- and environment-friendly solutions to industry’s need for textile products. ARTA’S mission—To create greater appreciation and demand for reusable textiles —is not undertaken in a vacuum. Its impetus comes from an adversary with strong financial capability but weak logic in a waste-burdened society. Disposable products may seem convenient to use, but their impact on the environment poses increasingly threatening problems.
Therefore, ARTA has embarked on a program to:

  • HELP its member makers of reusable textile products achieve an equal footing with disposable products as regulated by the Medicare Program and the Medical Device Act. Objective achieved.

  • PREVENT disposables from slipping past Federal Drug Administration performance standards. Objective achieved.

  • OFFER an education program through seminars, publications and trade shows to facilitate ideas and promote the exchange of ideas beneficial to the industry. Objective ongoing.

  • SCHEDULE meetings with government officials concerning issues of interest to members. Objective ongoing.

Membership Benefits

ARTA is composed of organizations devoted to the development, manufacture, servicing, and use of reusable textiles.

Membership benefits to ARTA members include:

  • NEWSLETTER—ARTA publishes a bimonthly member newsletter covering association activities; member profiles; and news items related to reusable textiles, disposables, government regulations and other matters of importance to the membership.

  • DVDs/PUBLICATIONS—ARTA’s DVDs for long-term care and acute-care facilities and the publications, “Reusable Textiles—A Prescription for Change,” and “The Responsible Choice,” are valuable marketing resources available to members that summarize the many benefits reusable products bring to the healthcare field.

  • SEMINARS—ARTA makes itself available for presentations to other associations outlining marketing, regulatory and technological issues pertaining to reusable textiles.

  • TRADE SHOWS—ARTA exhibits at the Clean Show to meet with representatives of the laundry, textile, fiber, chemical supply, machinery and apparel trades for discussions about implementing new technology.

  • LEGISLATIVE /REGULATORY ISSUES—ARTA meets with government leaders to apprise them of the practical advantages of reusable textiles. ARTA also tracks U.S., FDA, FCT, EPA, CPSC, DOT and CDC programs as well as tariff and trade issues. Matters related to state government problems are also reviewed and addressed.

  • CONSORTIUM-BUILDING CAPABILITIES—ARTA maintains strong ties with:

    • American Apparel Manufacturers (AAMA)

    • Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI)

    • Association for Laundry Management (ALM)

    • European Textile Services Association (ETSA)

    • Healthcare Laundry Accreditation Council (HLAC)

    • Independent Textile Rental Association (ITRA)

    • Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA)

This significant network of like-minded organizations offers ARTA broad basic support in legislative regulatory action and for building and maintaining a critical knowledge base for industry growth opportunities.
For more information on ARTA membership, contact Nancy Jenkins at or call 913-709-0229.