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 WSJ.com.
To dig deeper ...
CO2 cleaners are listed at findco2.com
Wet-cleaners at professionalwetcleaning.com
GreenEarth cleaners at greenearthcleaning.com
There's also nodryclean.com, which lists various cleaners by method, and igreenclean.org
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