We provide extraordinary care for fine
garments & household textiles
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
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