7 ways to Green Your Dry cleaning
Sure, there’s nothing like the pressed perfection of dry-cleaned shirts and suits. But the eco-price of maintaining your impeccable ensembles is steep. Fortunately, you can minimize your impact by choosing to dry clean green or eschewing it altogether.
Wear your clothes more than once before you take them to the cleaners: you'll save money, make clothes last longer, and help the environment.
This nontoxic option is non-toxic and produces zero emissions, utilizing water as the solvent with biodegradable detergents.
This is a nontoxic option available at certain commercial cleaners, making use of liquid carbon dioxide instead of toxic perc.
Multiple non-perchloroethylene commercial solvents are available; just ask which one your cleaner uses and opt for the greenest possible choice.
For only lightly-soiled clothing, this cleaning method cuts down on both cost and exposure to harsh chemicals.
That pesky plastic film your dry-cleaned garments are returned in can be easily recycled with other plastic bags.
Once home, dry-cleaned clothes emit perc, a toxin and possible carcinogen, for the first four or five days. Cut the effects of this chemical by airing out your dry-cleaned clothes.