“How Green is YOUR Dry-Clean?”
Finding an alternative to PERC (perchloroethylene) dry-cleaners can be very difficult, as many dry cleaners claim to be green. In the world of dry cleaning, there may well be more than 50 shades of green. Some dry cleaners have opted to us Hydrocarbon cleaners instead of PERC, but Hydrocarbons are still petrochemicals and there is not enough research to determine its health consequences. Oyster Bay’s Corniche Cleaners has opted to drop the chemicals in favor of a wet cleaning process.
Our friend and partner, Beth Fiteni of Green Inside and Out, has researched the green processes used in dry cleaning. Seeing alternatives to PERC on the markets excites her, as it marks response to consumer demands for safer, healthier, and more environmentally friendly alternatives to harsh chemical cleaners. Fiteni advocates for the state to require that dry cleaners post the chemicals they use in their cleaning process so the public can make informed choices.
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“PERC, Prom Dresses, and Possible Cancer?”
Perchloroethylene, PERC, is used to dry-clean clothing. PERC is a chemical solvent that has a strong, sweet odor, and it readily evaporates into air. PERC can harm the brain and central nervous system, damage the liver and kidneys, and The U.S. National Toxicology Program lists PERC as “may reasonably be anticipated to be a human carcinogen” in the Report on Carcinogens. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) lists it as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” PERC lingers in recently dry-cleaned clothing and can slowly escape into your car and home. One of the easiest ways to avoid PERC is by choosing alternatives to dry-cleaning your clothes. Look for stores that advertise wet-cleaning, an alternative form of washing and drying that is safe for most clothing.
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