Toxic Use Reduction Institute awards grant to dry cleaner

The Toxic Use Reduction Institute (TURI) at the University of Massachusetts/Lowell recently awarded Best Neighborhood Cleaners of Medford, Mass., an $18,000 grant to help discontinue the use of perchloroethylene (PERC). The grant helped fund the purchase and installation of wetcleaning equipment at the store.

“I am very happy to be using this equipment in my shop instead of sending clothes out to be cleaned in perc,” says Nguyen. “This technology is much safer for me and my staff, my customers, and the community.”

“We’re excited that the diffusion of this technology is starting to take hold in Massachusetts,” says Joy Onasch, TURI’s community program manager. “California has converted more than 100 facilities to dedicated wetcleaning, and we’d like to catch up-even if it is once cleaner at a time.”

To read the entire article refer to “TURI awards $18,000 grant to drycleaner” in the American Drycleaner Magazine  November 2009 (

Karl Huie

Pacific Heights Cleaners

San Francisco, Sausalito

The First Dry Cleaners to be Certified Green By San Francisco Environment and

The Bay Area Green Business Program Marin County.

Other Articles of Interest:

Dry Cleaning’s Dirty Trick

Are There Green Dry Cleaners?

California Air Resources Board Report on Dry Cleaning Solvents

Does Eco Dry Clean (wet clean) clean as well as solvent dry cleaning?

, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>