The grooviest and most community minded Dry Cleaner in Austin, ECOCLEAN, is proud to announce that our December PROPS partner three years running is The Save Our Springs Alliance. We have so enjoyed working with and supporting this important organization over the years. If you don’t know the history of SOS, please take a minute to read below and visit their website. Austin wouldn’t be Austin without them.
On the three (non-Christmas) Wednesdays of December, EcoClean will donate 5% of their revenue directly to SOS. It’s simple – bring us your household items and garments to clean and we give 5% to SOS!
More dirty clothes = more money to SOS
The Save Our Springs Alliance works to protect the Edwards Aquifer, its springs and contributing streams, and the natural and cultural heritage of the Hill Country region and its watersheds, with special emphasis on Barton Springs.
The Save Our Springs Alliance sprung to life in 1990 as a loose coalition of citizens fighting a massive development proposal for the Barton Creek watershed. On June 7, 1990, more than 1000 citizens signed up to speak to Austin city council in opposition to the planned 4,000-acre Barton Creek PUD. After an all-night meeting, council unanimously rejected the PUD, and a movement began to strengthen the 1986 Comprehensive Watersheds ordinance under the acronym SOS: “Save Our Springs”.
Organized in 1992 as the Save Our Springs Coalition, we wrote and petitioned for the Save Our Springs Ordinance to protect the quality of water coming off of development in the fragile Barton Springs watershed. With the voter approval of the SOS Ordinance, developers went on the attack at the court house and the Texas Capitol. We incorporated as the Save Our Springs Legal Defense Fund in 1993 to defend developers’ attacks on the SOS Ordinance. Expanding our scope to include building awareness and alliances throughout the Austin area, we became the Save Our Springs Alliance in 1997. We routinely work with local conservation groups to advocate for the protection of Barton Springs and the Edwards Aquifer.
PROPS to SOS!
We have high hopes for a greener Austin! We also understand that increased awareness and respect for the environment has to start with our youth, and that is why we are so pleased to welcome Camp Fire as our August 2013 PROPS Partner! Through a variety of hands-on, outdoor programs Camp Fire teaches children to preserve nature and as a result, they develop better leadership skills, self-confidence and understanding of their own importance as valuable members of the community. “Every kid needs nature” states Camp Fire, and nature most certainly needs our kids! During the month of August, we will happily donate 5% of profits from all orders dropped off on Wednesdays to Camp Fire.
We are delighted to announce SafePlace as our July 2013 PROPS Partner!
SafePlace is an Austin based nonprofit organization ending sexual and domestic violence through safety, healing, prevention and social change. For over 35 years the staff, volunteers and generous supporters of SafePlace have worked passionately to help thousands of victims of sexual and domestic violence each year in central Texas.
Help us help SafePlace by bringing in your laundry and cleaning any Wednesday in July. We will donate 5% of what you spend to this fine organization!
One of the reasons that EcoClean was voted Best Dry Cleaner in Austin in the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll is our community involvement. Through our PROPS program, we help to support local non-profits who work to improve the environment and social issues facing Austin.
We are thrilled to announce that our June PROPS partner is the Colorado River Alliance!
Sarah Richards, executive director of the Colorado River Alliance, had this to say about their goals:
“Our mission is to secure the vitality of the Texas Colorado River through education and advocacy for all generations. A 501 c3 non-profit based in Austin, TX, we dedicate resources, time, and energy to educating others on what the River offers and what we are obligated to do in return. We are facilitators of dialogue and will work with all organizations and interests to constructively address issues that support the river’s short- and long-term health.”
Sounds good to us. To help support this non-profit, EcoClean will be donating 5% of every Wednesday sale in June to the Colorado River Alliance. Want to learn more about the CRA? Just click the pic. Be sure to check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for other ways to get involved, as well.
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!
As you may have heard, EcoClean will be expanding in Austin and opening up two more cleaners in the coming weeks! This is great news as your favorite eco-friendly dry cleaners will be more accessible to those in the north and south parts of our great city.
One of our new Austin locations will be at the ever expanding shopping hub of West Anderson Plaza. And wouldn’t you know it, they are throwing a little party to introduce y’all to the stores, restaurants, and service providers there.
Although, we aren’t quite ready to start handling your dry cleaning needs at this location jussst yet, we are excited to be able to team up with our new neighbors to bring you this family-friendly event that lasts the whole weekend. We’ll be teaming up with the premier camera shop in town, Precision Camera, to bring you the official photo booth of Plaza Palooza! There will also be a chance for the kids to decorate our brand new storefront using their own artistic talents. With all the participating businesses, there’s something for everyone!
Plaza Palooza runs Friday from 5-9 and Saturday & Sunday from 12-6. For more on the schedule of events, click the image. We’ll see you this weekend!
EcoClean, your favorite eco-friendly dry cleaners, is proud to participate in Austin Gives 5 as a Friend of the Campaign.
Our customers help us to give weekly through our PROPS program simply by bringing in their clothes to be cleaned. This Monday, Earth Day, everyone has a chance to give back around Austin, and to ‘Keep Austin Green’! To learn more about Give 5, give the picture a click.