A GREEN DRY CLEAN GENTLE ON PANTS AND PLANTS THE FINE DETAILS
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.
Peter Christie, Lis Miller and dry cleaner Steven Parkes at Dry Green in Bondi JunctionPicture: