What Is Organic Dry Cleaning?

October 12, 2017 8:40 pm Published by

Conventional dry cleaning methods have drawbacks when it comes to their environmental effects. Generally, dry cleaners use a solvent called perchloroethylene to perform their dry cleaning duties. This chemical has long been listed as a hazardous air pollutant by the EPA, and when it is disposed of, it has to be disposed of according to very specific guidelines, as it is considered hazardous waste. Not only does perchloroethylene negatively impact the quality of air, it is also dangerous as a soil pollutant, and can leach into and contaminate groundwater. As the chemical is considered likely to be carcinogenic in humans,... View Article

Is Dry Cleaning Safe?

October 1, 2017 8:24 pm Published by

Dry cleaning has gotten something of a bad rap lately. It’s easy to understand why, with our ever-growing knowledge of the risks of perchloroethylene, the solvent used by most traditional dry cleaners. Since the 1970s, the health and environmental risks associated with perchloroethylene (known as “perc” for short) have been well documented. Even short exposure to the chemical can cause dizziness and headaches, and exposure to a short intense blast can cause loss of consciousness. And over the long term, the chemical has proven to be highly carcinogenic. Why hasn’t perc been banned? Despite these health risks, perchloroethylene has remained... View Article

Organic Dry Cleaners