The 2009 Francine Levien Activist is Karl Huie, Video

Ten years of honoring community’s healers

The 2009 Francine Levien Activist is Karl Huie, owner of Pacific Heights Cleaners of Sausalito and San Francisco.

Karl Huie is being recognized for taking a leadership role in promoting the health of the community. Pacific Heights Cleaners is Marin’s first and only certified green dry cleaner, an official desgination by the county of Marin.  In addition, Pacific Heights Cleaners is a demonstration site for a statewide program.

Huie grew up in the garment cleaning business. His parents started Pacific Heights Cleaners in 1969 and later bought Sunshine Cleaners in Sausalito(Pacific Heights Cleaners, Sausalito). He took over the familiy business in 1986.  Huie began researching nontoxic alternatives to perchloroethylene, known as perc, a chemical cleaning solvent used by most dry cleaners. The chlorine-based solvent has been linked to a number of health risks, including breast cancer. In 2007, Huie made the switch to a nontoxic wet cleaning procedure and purchased computer-controlled washers and dryers. The investment in new garment cleaning equipment was substantial, but it was offset by the savings associated with hazardous waste removal and regulatory fees. More important, he made the switch for the health of his employees and customers and for the environment.

Reported in the Marin Scope, Mill Valley Herald, Ross Valley Reporter, San Rafael/Terra Linda News Point, Twin Cities Times 15-21, 2009

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