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 What are 'green' dry cleaners, and where can I find them in this area?

Posted on Friday, Sep. 24, 2010

 

Even though it can be a huge relief to pick up your dry-cleaning and see that stain has magically disappeared, the chemicals used at standard dry-cleaners can be toxic both to the workers who clean your clothes and to yourself. Most dry cleaners use a chemical called perchloroethylene, a known carcinogenic according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Fortunately, there is a burgeoning population of environmentally friendly dry-cleaners that have found alternatives to this chemical. One company, Green Earth Cleaning, uses a liquid silicone solution. This solution is no more expensive than standard dry-cleaning, it doesn't jeopardize the health of the employees, and doesn't end up as toxic waste after it is used. So, the next time you dig out your nice suit crumpled in the bottom of your closet and need to get it dry-cleaned for your aunt's cousin's wedding in two weeks, keep an eye out for your sustainable alternatives!

Listed below are some local Green Earth Cleaning affiliates, but there are plenty of other eco-friendly dry cleaners in our area:

A French Cleaners
5205 Prospect Rd. Suite 150
San Jose, CA 95129
408-777-8400

Dry Clean 4 U
3787 Stevens Creek Blvd., Ste. 101
Santa Clara, CA 95051
408-985-5270

DryClean A.B.C.
641 South Bernardo Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
408-739-8348

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