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Mar 26

PRO-TIP: Storing Winter Clothes

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Summer weather is already coming to Austin, TX, and that means it’s time to start storing all of your winter dry-cleaning items. As your Eco-friendly cleaner, we feel obliged to give you some guidelines to ensure your storing efforts are effective and safe.

1. Bring your clothes to Eco-Clean before storage.

This is probably the most important step. Cleaning your clothes before storing them is the best way to protect your winter-wear over the summer. Insects are less likely to be attracted to clean items, and mold is less likely to develop.

2. Use fabric storage containers.

Hanging up your garments or putting them in cardboard boxes just won’t give them the same security as a fabric storage container. They work just as well as plastic containers, but are more eco-friendly! It may seem like a nuisance to invest in several storage containers, but it is money well spent.

3. Clean, Cool, Dark, and Dry.

Keep your containers in an environment that meets this description, and you will be storing your winter wardrobe in the smartest way possible.

4. Mothballs?

Mothballs are widely used to repel insects from sweaters and other items, but they are made of a toxic chemical called naphthalene and dangerous to pets and children. If you follow the steps above, mothballs should not be necessary! If you still want to use something extra to protect your sweaters, however, we recommend storing them with a cedar block.

 

We hope these tips help you in your storing endeavors, and do not hesitate to contact us via email or phone for any other storing-related questions!

– The EcoClean Team

Mar 13

Guest Post: How To Be Eco-Friendly at SXSW

Today marks the first day of South By, and we have a green guide for this year’s festivities from our friends at SocialMonsters.org:

Large crowd of people

Tips for Personal, Sustainable Choices:

  1. Carpool. The Guardian reports that 68 percent of a music festival’s carbon footprint comes from transporting people to and from the festival. Go green by sharing a ride with your friends. Don’t know anyone going to SXSW? Post a rideshare advertisement on Craigslist or Facebook and watch your car fill up with new friends.
  2. Bike. To further reduce your carbon footprint, bring your own bicycle or rent one through SXSW’s collaboration with Austin B-cycle. Thirty-minute and under rides are complimentary and unlimited for 24 hours once activated by SXSW badgeholders with a voucher.
  3. H20. Stay hydrated, as this article from Dish Info recommends, but party on without the plastic bottle waste. Instead, refill a Camelbak or large reusable water bottle. Keep track of your water container by writing your name and number on it, or by clipping it to your belt with a carabiner.
  4. Pack light. Before you pack for the event, consider if you will remember everything in your bag when it is time to leave. If not, take something out. You are much less likely to leave something for the landfill in Austin if you pack less.
  5. Recycle. We get it. The spicy chocolate cake at that awesome food truck was mega-yum. Just make sure you choose food that is served in environmentally friendly containers, such as paper and cardboard. According to Earth 911, the soiled part of your container can be thrown away, and the rest can be recycled or composted.

Itinerary for Eco-Friendly Inspiration:

  1. Friday, March 13 at 11 p.m. Listen to Al Gore presenting “The Climate Crisis: Challenge & Opportunity” in Exhibit Hall 5 at the Austin Convention Center.
  2. Friday, March 13 at 3:30 p.m. Attend “Exploring the Future of Sustainable Fashion” in JW Marriott Room 205 on 110 E. 2nd St.
  3. Sunday, March 15 at 3:30 p.m. Attend “Changing the World Through Food: A Love Story” in Driskill Hotel Driskill Ballroom on 604 Brazos St.
  4. Monday, March 16 at 9:30 a.m. Attend “How Agile Approaches Crack Urban Challenges” in JW Marriott Room 208 on 110 E. 2nd St.
  5. Monday, March 16 at 6:15 p.m. Watch “Bikes vs Cars” at Vimeo Theater on 201 Trinity St.
  6. Tuesday, March 17 at 6 p.m. (pre-party) Attend the Interactive Innovation Awards with comedian James Adomian at Hilton Downtown Austin, 6th floor.
  7. Wednesday, March 18 at 1:45 p.m. Watch the documentary feature “Landfill Harmonic” at Alamo Ritz on 320 E 6th St.
  8. Thursday, March 19 at 11 p.m. Listen to Zionstereo at the Speakeasy on 412 Congress Ave. The band plants a tree for every album sold.

Want to inspire your friends and bring your eco-friendly conscience home? Post a pic on instagram of you recycling or biking during the festival. Start a conversation thread on Facebook or Twitter about best practices for reducing the carbon footprint of music festivals worldwide. Spark the fire for global change, one post or tweet at a time.

Brittany Wren works in higher education. She’s all about backpacking, traveling, poetry and good coffee. On the weekend, you’re likely to find her with her nose in a book or working on (a seemingly endless supply of) house projects in her 100-year-old home.
 

Based in Phoenix, Arizona, SocialMonsters is a digital PR agency that takes on the task of sorting through ideas, finding sources and managing writers to deliver a complete story tailored to your audience. Each SocialMonsters article includes ideation, research, writing, editing, search and social optimization. Learn more at www.socialmonsters.org.

 

Mar 5

Armadillo Award Season is Here!

It’s that time of the year again – the Austin Independent Business Alliance is taking nominations for their annual Armadillos Awards from now until March 20th. Make sure to show your appreciation for your favorite local businesses via the link below!

NOMINATE HERE!