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How red is your green dry cleaner?

Earth Day
Earth Day 2

 

Sunday, April 22 is Earth Day.

And almost every dry cleaner is working real hard at touting their claim to be the most green, most eco-friendly, most organic, most non-toxic, most natural and/or most carbon neutral drycleaner in their service area. These claims include everything from implementing a hanger and plastic recycling program to turning off their computer equipment at night.

So what's missing from this rosy picture?

The fact that 3 out of the 4 most commonly used dry cleaning solvents - perchloroethylene (aka Dowper), synthetic petroleum (aka DF 2000 or EcoSolv) and formaldehyde dibutyl acetal (aka Solvon/System K4) - are all classified by the Environmental Protection Agency as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). As such, these solvents are heavily regulated at the federal, state and local level as how they are used and how they are disposed of.

Which, of course, leads to the simple question: if the dry cleaning solvent you use (perchloroethylene, synthetic petroleum and/or formaldehyde dibutyl acetal) are all classified by the EPA as VOCs, how can you claim to be green, eco-friendly, organic, non-toxic, natural and/or carbon neutral - even if you recycle your hangers and plastic, and turn off your computer equipment at night?

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