Is organic dry cleaning better for me and the planet than conventional dry cleaning?
YES. About 80 percent of conventional dry cleaners in the U.S. use a chemical compound called perchloroethylene, also known as perc, as a dry cleaning solvent. According to the EPA: "People exposed to high levels of perc, even for brief periods, may experience serious symptoms. Those include dizziness, fatigue, headaches, confusion, nausea, and skin, lung, eye, and mucous membrane irritation. Perc might cause effects at lower levels as well. Studies in laboratory animals indicate that exposures to high levels of perc can produce effects on the developing fetus that include altered growth, birth defects, and death."
Switch to a natural solvent CO2 is a natural substance that organic cleaners use to press out stains. It doesn't have the hazardous exposure issues associated with perc. It is a safe alternative.
Quiz your cleaner If a cleaner calls itself organic, ask what technology or solvent it uses for dry cleaning. A healthy alternative to perc, besides liquid carbon dioxide, is petroleum; otherwise, wet cleaning is a better choice than dry cleaning.
Go online Another way to find a cleaner using carbon dioxide is to check out the website findco2.com.