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Everything You Need to Know About PERC and Your Dry Cleaning

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“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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HBCAC President to Speak on "Green Inside and Out"!

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At 6pm on Friday Nov. 21st, tune in to WUSB 90.1FM for Beth Fiteni’s “Green Inside and Out” Radio Show! HBCAC President Karen Joy Miller will be speaking about her advocacy, and our group's many successful efforts on environmental health awareness and "toxic triggers" of disease. Don't miss it!
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Occupational Exposure to Organic Solvents May Increase Risk for Breast Cancer in Women

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A newly released NIEHS study helps to break down the relationship between work-related chemical exposures and increased risk of breast cancer in women. Read more to see how some cleaning products may increase your risk:



Jack Berleth & Sons Plumbing Supports HBCAC in a Big Way!

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This October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Jack Berleth & Sons Plumbing once again pledged to donate $10 for every service call performed. Through the dedication of the plumbers and the generosity of their patrons, Jack Berleth & Sons raised $2,000 to support our organization. Hats off! We couldn't continue to do the work we do without the support of community businesses like Berleth.

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