Can a Dry Cleaner Be Green?
Over the past few years, there's been a boom in "natural," "green" and "organic" dry cleaning businesses. While many of them operate in a more environmentally sensitive way than traditional establishments, there's no system of regulation or certification that guarantees they avoid toxic chemicals. If you're considering switching to a greener cleaner, ask the owner about the active ingredients they use to clean your clothes.
The best methods are "wet cleaning," silicone-based cleaning and carbon dioxide (CO2) cleaning. If they still employ perc, don't waste your money by paying more for their services. Regardless of which dry cleaning method you choose, it's in your best interest to employ it as infrequently as possible.
Here are 6 practical ways to limit your need to dry clean clothes:
Elizabeth Rogers is the co-author of The Green Book. Her latest book, Shift Your Habit, is about a new way of thinking that leads to both saving money and living consciously.
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