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FRANCHISE COMPANIES PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT

 FRANCHISE COMPANIES PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT
 FT. WASHINGTON, Pa., March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Representing more than


35 percent of all retail sales in the United States, franchise companies are taking the lead in the movement to protect and preserve the environment.
 Americans love green lawns, but environmentalists warn against applying chemicals to lawns. Thus, Lawn Doctor, a national chain of 275 franchises, provides natural lawn care methods to satisfy the growing concern among homeowners who object to the use of pesticides.
 Styrofoam peanuts and corrugated cardboard make great packaging materials, but they clog up landfills. The nation's nearly 400 Handle With Care Packaging Stores recycle packaging materials. Consumers can call 800-344-3528 to locate the nearest collection center.
 Sick Building Syndrome is blamed for employee absenteeism as well as long-term illnesses. But Steamatic, Inc., and Ceiling Doctor, both worldwide chains, help cure Sick Building Syndrome. Steamatic cleans carpets and fabrics, as well as air ducts, while Ceiling Doctor removes debris, including bacteria, from ceiling tiles that would otherwise end up in landfills.
 Old bathtubs and sinks don't decompose in landfills, so Worldwide Refinishing, a national chain, will repair and re-color these fixtures, giving them new life and sparing the landfills.
 These and many other environmentally conscious franchise companies will be featured during National Franchising Week (April 5-12) culminating with the International Franchise Expo April 10-12 in Washington. As many as 400 different franchise concepts will be showcased during the expo to be held at the Washington D.C. Convention Center. Free information is available by calling 800-393-1333.
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