Wet Cleaning, you've heard of it, right?
Well you will have now!
First let's get one thing straight... dry cleaning is bad.
As a process for cleaning clothes it is outdated, harmful and above all else incredibly detrimental to the environment.
The dominant chemical used by the dry-cleaning industry to clean our garments is perchloroethylene which is also known as PERC. PERC is a colourless, nonflammable liquid. The largest user of PERC is the dry cleaning industry. It accounts for 80% to 85% of all dry cleaning fluid used (National Institute for Health).
Exposure to PERC can occur in the workplace or in the environment following releases to air, water, land, or groundwater. Exposure can also occur when people:
Use products containing PERC
Spend time in dry cleaning facilities that use PERC
Live above or adjacent to these dry cleaning facilities
Bring dry cleaned garments into their home.
PERC enters the body when breathed in with contaminated air or when consumed with contaminated food or water. It is less likely to be absorbed through skin contact. Once in the body PERC can accumulate, stored in fat tissue (UK Government PERC Guidance).
Short term exposure to PERC causes neurological, kidney and liver damage. Long term exposure can cause spontaneous abortions and leukemia (American Cancer Society ). PERC has also been found in the breast milk of nursing mothers at concentrations higher than those found in the blood. This is important and bears repeating because once PERC is in the body it can remain, stored in fat tissue. When those fats are broken down for nursing mothers to feed their babies, the PERC found in those tissues is fed directly from the mother into the baby. We can be exposed to PERC as easily as through the air we breathe and the water we drink.
PERC is dangerous to our environment, to animals, to adults and to children.
What makes WET CLEANING