- May 2013
EcoClean Opening Two New Austin Locations; Over 3300 Square Feet of Space; Growing Staff and Adding Jobs
Eco-friendly Garment Care Business expanding to South Lamar and West Anderson Lane; Grand Openings to Benefit PROPs Partners
Austin, TX, May 29, 2013 – EcoClean, the only 100% eco-friendly garment care company in Austin, is pleased to announce major business expansion, with the opening of two new locations, in South and North Austin. With new locations opening on West Anderson, and soon after on South Lamar, Austinites will have easier access to EcoClean’s healthy and eco-friendly alternative to dry-cleaning. The company is also expanding its free delivery area to now cover 30 zip codes throughout Austin. The new locations comprise a combined 3,300 plus square feet of new space, and staff will grow over 45% with new jobs. The company will celebrate both openings with additional benefits to its PROPs partners, local Austin charities and non-profits who for the past 18 months have received over $7,000 combined from EcoClean in a monthly program that will also continue.
“With our single Guadalupe location growing 19% in the past 12 months and the continued response and support from the Austin community, we are so excited to expand our business and have physical locations in two additional great neighborhoods in Austin,” said Mark Hess, co-owner, EcoClean.
The North location celebrates its grand opening tomorrow, Thursday, May 30, with a happy hour from 4-6 pm at 2436 West Anderson Lane, at the corner of Burnet Road and between Precision Camera and Terra Toys. In celebration, from that Thursday, until the following Wednesday, June 5, 35% of every sale at that store goes directly back to 4 of EcoClean’s many Austin PROPs partners; SOS, Keep Austin Beautiful, KOOP Radio, and Urban Roots. These partners will be at the grand opening happy hour live, and there will also be drawings for EcoClean services, Hop Doddy dollars, free local Kombucha from Wunder-Pilz and chair massage from Clear Spirit Corporate Massage: come on out to celebrate!
The West Anderson location directly serves the Crestview, Allandale and Highland neighborhoods and offers easy access from 183, Mopac, and 2222 for customers coming in from all over North and Northwest Austin.
The West Anderson and South Lamar locations are in popular revitalized retail areas stocked with other Austin unique and independent brands and businesses. Both were selected for their progressive, community-minded neighborhoods and easy access for immediate and outlying communities.
The South Lamar EcoClean store will open in June at 2149 South Lamar near Oltorf and will also celebrate a grand opening event, with details to follow soon. The 1,700 sq ft space will have a clean modern aesthetic with easy access parking. In selecting an additional location, EcoClean zeroed-in on south central Austin early on.
“78704 represents our largest customer base by far, outside our campus area. We are delighted to bring our business closer to the residents of Zilker, Barton Hills, Bouldin Creek, Travis Heights and South Lamar who have been so loyal – and driven so far – all these years,” said Kerstin Shoberg, general manager, EcoClean.
EcoClean offers full service garment care without the unhealthy toxins associated with traditional dry cleaning. Using only water, biodegradable soaps, and conditioners to clean garments, the EcoClean process called Wet Cleaning is considered by the EPA to be the safest alternative to dry cleaning available. EcoClean rolled out the forth generation of its Wet Cleaning technology at its production facility on Guadalupe last Fall. The machines are able to clean even fine wools and silks that have traditionally been considered no-nos for water based cleaning. More on the EcoClean process, and the dangers of traditional dry cleaning, can be found on the EcoClean website at www.ecocleanaustin.com/wet-cleaning/.
For more than 15 years, EcoClean has been Austin’s only 100% eco-friendly garment cleaner. With a completely green approach, EcoClean professionally cleans and launders clothing, bedding and other linens using a non-toxic, sustainable and safe process. Beyond an environmentally friendly alternative to dry cleaning, business tenants for EcoClean include high touch customer service, hand pressing of every garment, 24 hour turn around and free delivery – door or desk – to over 400 Austin addresses and growing. Established in 1996, EcoClean is a member of both the Independent Austin Business Association (IABA) and Austin EcoNetwork. For more information see www.ecocleanaustin.com and @ecocleanaustin. Or go old school and visit 2915 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705 or call: (512) 236-8645
About EcoClean’s PROPs:
PROPs is EcoClean’s community partner program that features a different local non-profit each month. Designed to support the organizations and individuals creating positive change for the environment and social fabric of Austin, the company gives 5% of its sales every Wednesday to its partner of the month. Since inception in August 2011, the program has raised approximately $7000 for 18 non-profit partners including SOS, Safe Place, Austin Pets Alive, Hill Country Conservancy, Colorado River Foundation, KOOP Radio, Creative Action, Bike Texas, the Sustainable Food Center and Urban Roots.
How much do you know about what being an eco-friendly dry cleaner in Austin entails? At EcoClean we use an environmentally friendly form of dry cleaning known as wet cleaning that provides numerous benefits over traditional dry cleaning.
- Wet cleaning carries none of the health risks associated with long-term exposure to perc.
- Garments are cleaner.
- Wet cleaned garments will never develop that yellow look commonly seen on items that have been repeatedly dry cleaned with perc.
- Clothes don’t come home with residual amounts of harmful chemicals like perc, which off-gas and contaminate cars and homes.
- Clothes don’t have that stinky “dry cleaned” smell (again, toxic perc).
- Wet cleaning is often able to remove stains a traditional dry cleaner can’t fix.
- Garments fade less and the fabrics don’t incur as much damage from repeated washings.
- Wet cleaning eliminates the risk of perc contaminating groundwater.
- Neighbors are safer from air exposure to perc.
- Wet cleaning is more energy efficient than dry cleaning, resulting in a reduced carbon footprint.
To quote the Austin Chronicle on our Best of Austin 2012 award for dry cleaning:
“Instead of embalming clothes with toxic sludge, their gentle wet cleaning process leaves clothes cleaner, softer, and without that icky chemical smell.”
Wet cleaning eliminates the risks associated with perc, leading to a healthy workplace, community, and customers! We keep Austin clean AND green!
Urban Roots is a local non-profit organization using sustainable agriculture to transform the lives of young people and increase the access to healthy food in Austin.
Paid interns ages 14-17 work on the Urban Roots 3.5 acre urban sustainable farm in East Austin growing an estimated 30,000 pounds of produce each year. They donate 40% of the harvest to local soup kitchens and food pantries. The other 60% is sold at local Farmer’s Markets, through the Urban Roots CSA, and to wholesale accounts.
During the 25 week spring and summer youth programs, Urban Roots’ youth Interns develop essential life and job skills while growing food for the Austin community. In addition to the work experience, the interns study sustainable agriculture, healthy lifestyles, life and job skills, and food justice issues, including hands-on service at hunger relief organizations. Through this dynamic and holistic program, Urban Roots youth Interns grow into some of Austin’s youngest leaders, advocating for a sustainable and healthy food system for all.
Urban Roots Open Houses
Urban Roots holds Open Houses, or Open Farms, during certain months of our growing seasons. Open houses include an evening presentation about the program by staff and youth Interns as well as a tour of the farm. There is one coming up Thursday May 16th.
Maybe we will see you there!
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… Urban Roots!
A little about them:
“Urban Roots provides paid internships to Austin youth, age 14-17, to work on our 3.5 acre urban sustainable farm in East Austin. Each year, we have a goal of growing 30,000 pounds of produce with the Urban Roots community of youth, community volunteers, and staff. We donate 40% of our harvest to local soup kitchens and food pantries and sell the other 60% at farmers’ markets, through our Community Supported Agriculture Program, and wholesale.”
Wednesdays in May we’ll be supporting Urban Roots by donating a portion of our sales to their cause! It’s just one of the ways we’re the best cleaners in Austin!