You need to look your best. We know that. And drycleaning avoids the wrinkling and shrinkage that can be caused by laundering sensitive fabrics in water. But you may have heard that drycleaning solvent is hazardous to humans and the environment—and you’ve heard right!
A manufacturer's Material Safety Data Sheet reveals perc to present "acute [and] chronic hazards to the aquatic environment," and calls perc "toxic to aquatic life with long-lasting effects." (source)
Because perc has a specific gravity of ~1.6 (source), it sinks in water and contaminates groundwater and soil very quickly, making perc spills harder to clean up than oil spills.
What We Use Instead
Of course, modern "dry-in, dry-out" drycleaning equipment minimizes the amount of perc that escapes into the environment. But no system is perfect, and even the best modern equipment still allows some perc to escape through evaporation and spillage—even when everything is working the way it's supposed to.
That's why we have chosen to avoid the dangers of perc drycleaning entirely. To place ourselves at the forefront of the movement to use less dangerous chemicals, we have invested in equipment that use hydrocarbons to clean your fabrics.
Other Ways We Care for the Earth
Eliminating perc is the most obvious way a drycleaner can show respect for our ecosystem. But there's more!
Whenever possible, we use equipment that meets or exceeds ENERGY STAR requirements for energy efficiency. Also, the attention we give each piece allows us to minimize our use of resources (eg. tagging pieces, and treating spots separately). This allows us to do what it takes to get your clothes clean, without wasting resources.
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