Great Lakes Alternative Cleaning Education Program
|Description:||Summary: The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) demonstrated the commercial viability of a water-based cleaning technique as an alternative to traditional dry cleaning that relies on chlorinated solvents. CNT worked with The Greener Cleaner, a private wet cleaning shop, for one year. CNT promoted an industry-wide shift to cleaning techniques that do not use toxic solvents and focused outreach efforts on the dry cleaning industry in Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee and Northwest Indiana.
Environmental Results/Products Products: The Center for Neighborhood Technology created an Internet site at: http://www.cnt.org/wetcleaning/final-report/inside and a Wet Cleaning Hotline: 773-278-4800 x299. Monitoring of the water discharges from the Greener Cleaner showed that no chemicals of concern were being released from the cleaning facility. As a result of information gained through the wet cleaning project, some dry cleaners reduced their use of chlorinated solvents by increasing wet cleaning. At the start of the project, three cleaners had wet cleaning equipment. At the end of the project more than 100 cleaners have this equipment. Specifically in the Great Lakes basin, CNT helped grow wet cleaning shops in Illinois (7), Wisconsin (3), Michigan (1), Ohio (3) and Buffalo (2).
The Greener Cleaner demonstration shop was the catalyst for the Professional Wet Cleaning Partnership between the Union of Needletrade, Industrial, Textile Employees (UNITE), Massachusetts Toxic Use Reduction Institute, Greenpeace, four major dry cleaning associations, and the Center for Neighborhood Technology. The partnership is working to get dry cleaners the resources they need to make wet cleaning an essential part of the garment care industry. More than 45 groups toured the Greener Cleaner demonstration shop. One-thousand-two-hundred (1,200) individuals requested information on wet cleaning and continue to receive regular updates. CNT developed the first wet cleaning newsletter, which attracted national interest. In addition, CNT targeted outreach to Korean dry cleaners including translating some materials into Korean and recruiting leadership from the Korean American Dry Cleaners Association to serve on the project’s advisory committee.
CNT launched a week of intensive educational outreach activities, with local partners, in Buffalo, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Indianapolis. CNT developed profiles of the dry cleaning industry in Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, and Northwest Indiana, and introduced dry cleaners in these areas to wet cleaning. CNT also crafted a report on various wet cleaning machines. In Fall 1995, CNT held a wet cleaning conference in Chicago. Attendees included representatives from dry cleaners, trade association leaders, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, representatives from environmental organizations, and regulators. All Great Lakes States, except Minnesota, were represented at this conference. This major symposium allowed an opportunity for stakeholders and industry to start merging ideas on wet cleaning. This project received extensive media coverage, including coverage in the three main dry cleaning trade publications.
Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.
Organizations Receiving Funding
Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are receiving funding for this project.
Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.
Korean American Dry Cleaners Association - Partner
3921 N Elston Ave
Chicago, Illinois 60618
p: (773) 442-8944
Union of Needletrade, Industrial, Textile Employees (UNITE) - Partner
Other Not Shown