Goody Green: Better Way to Dry-Clean
I know what you're thinking… dry cleaning is incredibly bad for our environment (not to mention our health). Period. And while you're completely right, there are some things that those of us who can't avoid unwrapping a crisp, clean, stain-free satin shirt once in a while can do to green our dry cleaning routine…
*Green: Check out Green Garmento (pictured right). It's a 3-in-1 reusable bag made specifically with dry cleaning in mind. It works much like a hamper for your delicates, but pull the drawstring and it transforms into a duffle bag that'll help you get your clothes to the dry cleaner in one piece. Plus, there's a small hole in the bottom that allows your dry cleaner to push the hangers of clean clothes through so that the Green Garmento can protect them until they're home safe in your closet. Grab your own here for $10 and say goodbye to wasteful, single-use plastic dry cleaning bags for good!
**Greener: Wash delicates by hand at home and bring only the most necessary items to be dry cleaned at a shop that uses either wet cleaning or CO2 cleaning instead of the traditional perc method. Click here for the EPA's list of dry cleaners in your state that are perc-free.
***Greenest: Of course the only good dry-cleaning is no dry-cleaning. Before you buy a new garment check the label to see if it requires special care or dry cleaning. If it does, move on to a cotton blend you can wash at home (in cold water with eco-friendly detergent, of course!) whenever possible.