How to Choose a Green Dry Cleaners Franchise
A lot of dry-cleaning franchises claim they’re “going green” or promise services that use eco-friendly technology.
The truth is, “going green” can mean different things for different companies. While an effort toward sustainability is commendable, some efforts are more technologically advanced and more environmentally friendly than others.
To understand how to choose a green dry-cleaners franchise, entrepreneurs need a detailed understanding of best practices for a green business in 2021.
Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaners Should Eliminate Dangerous Chemicals
Contrary to popular belief, dry-cleaning is not actually a “dry” process. Rather than using water, which can damage certain fabrics, dry cleaners use liquid solvents to clean delicate garments.
At Tide Cleaners, we believe any use of a toxic solvent poses an unnecessary risk to the environment and to our employees and customers, even if steps are taken to limit exposure. You won’t find perc at any of our locations nationwide —because it’s obsolete.
Innovators in dry-cleaning technology have developed effective, more cost-efficient alternatives that are safer for the environment.
Liquid Silicone is a Safe Alternative to Harmful Chemical Solvents
One alternative to perchloroethylene is liquid silicone.
The eco-friendly solvent is biodegradable, meaning if the environment is exposed to liquid silicone, it safely degrades into its three natural components of sand, water, and carbon dioxide.
The EPA also recognizes D5 as a safe alternative to perc and recommends it to dry cleaners who wish to upgrade to environmentally friendly technology.
GreenEarth® Cleaning was formed in 1999 for the express purpose of providing the dry-cleaning industry with an affordable, more effective alternative to perc. Compared to traditional dry cleaners, Tide Cleaners’ franchisees save money on utilities, supplies, and waste disposal costs.
Eco-Friendly Machines Reduce Waste and Costs
Rather than using wasteful machines, the EPA recommends “closed-loop” systems, that reuse and recycle dry cleaning solvent. Because closed-loop machines use less solvent, dry cleaners enjoy cost savings with less money spent purchasing solvent and savings on disposal fees.
For dry cleaners that also offer wash-and-fold services, business owners should also consider technology that saves energy and uses less water than wasteful outdated machines.
Since its inception, Tide has consistently reinvented itself and revolutionized the industry in which it has played. Tide Cleaners was born out of the belief that the future of laundry could be different than the present. We are changing the way people outsource their cleaning needs, while keeping our environmental impact in mind.