A GREEN DRY CLEAN GEN­TLE ON PANTS AND PLANTS THE FINE DE­TAILS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - TRADES + SERVICES - Re­becca Isaacs For more de­tails visit dry­green.com.au

What ex­actly is green dry clean­ing? Gree­n­Earth Clean­ing is an Amer­i­can Com­pany founded in 1999. It was formed with the help of Proc­tor & Gam­ble and Gen­eral Elec­tric as part of those com­pa­nies’ ef­forts to be more en­vi­ron­men­tally re­spon­si­ble. Gree­n­Earth Aus­trala­sia pro­vides green dry clean­ing op­tions to busi­nesses in Aus­tralia, New Zealand and Fiji Where can I find a green dry cleaner? Gree­n­Earth Aus­trala­sia’s web­site lists dry clean­ers across Syd­ney and the Cen­tral Coast. For de­tails visit geclean­ing.com Do­ing it at home: Can’t re­mem­ber how to get rid of a tough stain and de­ter­mined to DIY? The Dry Clean­ing and Laun­dry In­sti­tute’s Stain Solver App pro­vides a step-by-step guide to re­mov­ing stains in­clud­ing food, drink and oils, from 17 dif­fer­ent fab­rics SUS­TAIN­ABLE sol­vents of­fer a green al­ter­na­tive to chem­i­cal­based dry clean­ing.

“Us­ing green tech­nolo­gies, we can dry clean clothes us­ing liq­uid sil­i­cone, more com­monly known as sand,” said Lis Miller, who owns Dry Green in Bondi Junction with her hus­band and busi­ness part­ner Peter Christie.

“It’s com­pletely in­ert, just like the sand on Bondi Beach,”

Tra­di­tional dry clean­ing uses PERC (per­clorethy­lene) to loosen stains.

In 2010 Mr Christie and Ms Miller re­fur­bished an ex­ist­ing dry clean­ing shop with an $80,000 green dry clean­ing ma­chine. They reused the shop’s orig­i­nal presses and cov­ered the walls with lowVOC (Volatile Or­ganic Com­pounds) paint.

“Low VOC uses wa­ter as a car­rier in­stead of petroleum-based sol­vents and the lev­els of harm­ful emis­sions are much lower,” Mr Christie said.

Most re­cently, Dry Green has made the swap from us­ing plas­tic gar­ment bags to bags made from corn­starch film.

Ms Miller said these break down only when they reach the gar­den com­post bin or land­fill.

Public re­sponse to Dry Green has been over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive.

“Peo­ple wanted an al­ter­na­tive,” Ms Miller said.

DANIEL AARONS

Peter Christie, Lis Miller and dry cleaner Steven Parkes at Dry Green in Bondi Junc­tionPic­ture:

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