A dry-cleaning chemical called perc (which is what most traditional cleaners are utilizing) had an accidental spill at a county jail, whereafter they sent 20 inmates who were being housed a floor above the spill to the hospital, regardless of if they felt ill or not.
The machine was supposed to be empty as of 16 years ago, but when disconnected the liquid seeped out. It’s very telling that something labeled as being empty in 1998 still harbored the toxic fluid. This stuff is icky with a capital “ICK”. Also telling that they sent all those inmates in immediately!
Read a bit more detail here.
Allow us to introduce you to our wonderful new friends and Props Partners at Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary. Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary is currently home to over 300 animals which were once in need of rescue or rehabilitation, and it is their continuing commitment to provide a safe, healthy habitat and excellent care for each animal for the rest of its days. With its beautiful setting in the Texas Hill Country, a unique approach to educating visitors and outstanding care for all of its residents, Austin Zoo truly is a sanctuary for animals and Austinites alike- we hope you will come and support them! Ecoclean will proudly donate five percent of profits from every garment dropped off on a Wednesday in the month of March to Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary.
This Austin dry-cleaning alternative loves the sound of all that!
SXSW works with Spinfish in order to reduce their waste. The organization’s goal is to reduce event-waste by 90%! That is one awesome goal!
Might you be able to use some of these materials? They include: cardboard (large sheets, boxes, tubes), vinyl-banners, foam-core, promo-gifts and wood pallets.
All you have to do is email Spinfish in order to inquire about picking up these materials after SX is all said and done.
If you want FIRST DIBS on these materials, you’ll want to volunteer! You will help sort and organize in three-hour shifts between 8am-8pm on March 12th, 13th and 14th.
Again, just shoot them an email to reserve a spot!
Green dry cleaning isn’t the only trend in our fair city; the weather is getting warmer and it’s time to start thinking about spring and summer fashion! We are stoked about what hit the runways this season…we hope you will be, too! Here are a few shopping tips from your friendly, local cleaners:
Be-dazzling! Jewels, jewels, jewels are in!! Grab some gorgeous, gem-embellished garments and flaunt that bling.
Slip into Something Beautiful! Simple, grunge-era slip dresses are back! And we love ‘em because they are oh-so-cool under that hot, Texas sun.
Beauty With an Edge! You don’t have to frequent bike night at Doc’s to rock a biker jacket this season- look for one in a fun, feminine color and feel free to cruise, no matter what your ride is! Remember, make it faux-leather so that EcoClean will be able to clean it!
Where can you buy edgy, unique items locally in Austin? We’ll link ya to it!
California has been working to ban “perc” from use by the year 2023. Environmental activists have been working to gain more ground in reducing the use of dry cleaning by pressuring the Federal Trade Commission to include professional wet-cleaning to the care labels. Because wet-cleaning is a newer process with specialized machinery, it can be a bit expensive for a cleaners to make the switch, which is why the FTC is a bit hesitant, they would want more people to have access to a reputable wet-cleaners. But, this option will open up consumers to feel more comfortable taking their clothing in to be wet-cleaned instead of dry-cleaned, since there can be some hesitancy when the label only says dry-clean. Please follow the link below for more information!
Any Baby Can is a child and family resource center providing a vast array of needs to central texas children and families. Nearly 100 social workers, registered nurses, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, and counselors work together to provide EVERY child a fair chance.
Any Baby Can improves the lives of children by strengthening them and their families through education, therapy and family support services. They serve a range of clients including pregnant women, at-risk families, and children with health issues, and walk the journey with moms like Angela in creating a bright future:
When Angela found out she was pregnant, she was scared and alone. “I didn’t have anybody,” she says. Even still, when Angela learned about Any Baby Can, she was hesitant. “I was shy and resentful; I had too much pride and thought I didn’t want the help. But I was so happy when I found Any Baby Can. They taught me everything about being pregnant and going through delivery. They prepared me for being a mother. It’s amazing how much they help.” Read the rest of Angela’s story and visit their Programs and Services page to learn about the many ways that Any Baby Can is helping our community.
5% of EcoClean’s revenue every Wednesday of February will be donated directly to Any Baby Can. Please help us support this powerful organization by bringing in your garments and household items to be cleaned on Wednesday’s this month!
EcoClean is excited to partner with the CLEAN WATER FUND for the month of January.
Since 1974, Clean Water Fund has helped people campaign successfully for cleaner and safer water, cleaner air, and protection from toxic pollution in our homes, neighborhoods and workplaces.
In Texas, Clean Water Fund is working with home-owners associations, cities, and community groups to promote a water conservation first strategy to meeting Texas’ future water needs.
Help EcoClean help The Clean Water Fund to protect Texas waterways and public health. Through our PROPS program 5% of all Wednesday orders at any of our three EcoClean locations will go directly to The Clean Water Fund.
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!