Thursday, December 4, 2008

How Truly "Green" Are Eco-Friendly Drycleaners?

A wide swath of professional clothing cleaners who offer "greener" alternatives to traditional dry-cleaning are popping up, as I discuss in today's WSJ story.

They use everything from silicone and CO2 to hydrocarbons and high-tech washers to get clothing clean without using "perc" -- the short-hand term for a solvent typically used in dry-cleaning. Perc has been labeled a probably human carcinogen and is being more closely regulated by the EPA and many states.

I spoke about this on CNBC in this video and wrote about issues surrounding home prices and possible air quality issues in a blog post for

To dig deeper ...

CO2 cleaners are listed at
Wet-cleaners at
GreenEarth cleaners at
There's also, which lists various cleaners by method, and

These blogs discuss "green cleaning:"

America's Best Cleaners-- certifies cleaners national for quality standards
National Cleaners Association -- represents U.S. cleaners

Image from Florida Department of Environmental Protection