“Eco–Friendly” dry cleaners use alternative dry cleaning processes to avoid using perchlorethylene (PERC) in their cleaning process. Alternative processes include wet cleaning, silicone-based cleaning, and the use of liquid carbon dioxide.
Because PERC is not used, the storage and disposal of the alternative ingredient will lead to less contamination of groundwater and soil at dry cleaning sites. In addition, there is a decreased risk of experiencing the adverse health effects caused by PERC, which is designated as a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
Challenge Participants Currently Adopting This Practice
- Sheraton Hotel
Eco–friendly Dry Cleaners in the Boston Area
- New York State Department of Health: Tetrachloroethene (PERC) in Indoor and Outdoor Air
- Earth Easy: Wet Cleaning vs. Dry Cleaning
In The News
- “Can Jamaica Plains Businesses go Carcinogen Free?” Boston Globe, October 31, 2014