17 May '11, 8pm

Don't Be Fooled by "Organic" Dry Cleaning Claims: Scope out your local area for organic dry cleaners. But before...

Better yet, look for alternatives. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute, which tests product advertising and claims (including green product claims) notes that only "wet" and "liquid CO2" cleaning methods are considered preferable alternatives by the Environmental Protection Agency. Other alternatives, like the GreenEarth liquid silicone and so-called "organic" cleaning agents have yet to undergo EPA testing for potential human health impacts. Even if it proves significantly safer, "organic" dry cleaning is definitely a misleading marketing claim, used to describe organic chemicals — as in, derived from petroleum. "Perc" is organic too, by that definition. (Remember, "organic" is a term tightly regulated by the Department of Agriculture, but only when it's used on food; even its use on cosmetics and personal care products is controversial.)

Full article: http://www.thedailygreen.com/going-green/tips/green-dry-c...

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