How is Green Earth not environmentally friendly?
Question; How is Green Earth not environmentally friendly? How do you use water solely and claim to clean clothes thoroughly? What about the chemicals in soap- is that environmentally friendly? I heard that “wet cleaning” shrinks your clothes? Uauh
Answer; Let me separate your questions and answer them one at a time.
Question 1; How is Green Earth not environmentally friendly?
Answer; Personally I don’t have a problem with Green Earth or any of the other solvents including Perc. All cleaning systems have there benefits and there down falls including wet cleaning.
Because of health events that have happen to myself and my family we as a business decided that cleaning with a solvent was no longer suitable for us, from our research we chose what we considered to be the non toxic alternative. My father who has been in the business for years regularly complain about headaches and I have an aunt and uncle who both passed away in their early 60’s from cancer.
We have posted on the eco facts page of our web site
http://www.eco-drycleaners.com/eco.html links to some of the research article we found informative. The San Francisco Department of Environment put out a great report explaining the hazards of the different systems.
Question 2; How do you use water solely and claim to clean clothes thoroughly?
Answer; I’m not sure were you got the information from that we use solely water to clean clothes. We use a water based cleaning solution made from soap and conditioner to clean clothes. Both the soap and conditioner is made from naturally derived products disposable down the drain and easily handle by the local waste management department.
Question 3; What about the chemicals in soap- is that environmentally friendly?
Answer; According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, The California Air Resource Board, The Union of Concern Scientist, The San Francisco Department of Environment, The Bay Area Green Business Program, Occidental College Pollution Prevention Center to name a few, wet clean is the most environmentally friendly dry cleaning system along with the Liquid CO2 dry cleaning system.
Question 4; I heard that “wet cleaning” shrinks your clothes?
Answer; If handled improperly you will shrink certain types of material. That is why the Miele system is so popular because they are the only company providing training when you purchase the machines. Cleaning silks and wools in water is not a new technique. We have forgotten that our ancestors in Asia have been cleaning clothes for thousands of years in this fashion it is only in modern society that we have been using chemical solvents. Museums around the world have used these practices to clean and restore artifacts and textiles in preparation for display or preservation.
Please don’t miss understand our intent. We have chosen this cleaning system for us and in no way discourage anyone from using a different system. If you are happy with your Green Earth dry cleaners by all means stay with them, they need your support in tough economic times like these.
I wish for you and your family health, happiness and prosperity.
Thanks for sending in your questions.
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