‘Tis the season of non-stop holiday gatherings with family, friends and co-workers when we bring out the “party” clothes. Perhaps you spill sticky holiday punch on your new black velour pants or your husband’s silk tie dangles in the smoked bluefish pate and they need dry cleaning. I go to an environmentally friendly dry cleaner, one that uses a safer alternative to perchloroethylene or perc. (Eighty-five percent of dry cleaners use the solvent perc classified by the EPA as a toxic air contaminant and possible to probable human carcinogen.) I reuse some of the plastic bags the clothes are returned in when I travel and wrap nice pants or a dress in them. Or I return the bags to my cleaners for recycling. But there are so many! I’ve always wondered about a better alternative to all that plastic! Well here it is…
It’s called the Green Garmento, an eco-friendly, recyclable, breathable laundry bag that can be a hamper, duffel to carry your clothes to the cleaner and a garment bag in which your dry cleaner can return your clothes instead of plastic! It holds 10 – 14 garments with a full-length side zipper for easy access. It is machine washable and has a clear window for an ID or a dry cleaning ticket. What’s more, it’s only $17 for two (or $9.99 for one) so that you can rotate them between home and the cleaners. The green garmento makes a perfect holiday gift. You can order it online at thegreengarmento.com.
There are an estimated 300 million pounds of single-use dry cleaning bags that unless recycled end up in landfills, leaching chemicals and threatening marine and wildlife, every year.
It’s time to make a change to safer and more eco-friendly dry cleaning , don’t you think?