Safer Alternatives to Perchloroethylene in Garment Care
April 3, 2018
In this webinar, we heard from leading organizations on both coasts about their work to understand the potential hazards of dry cleaning solvents and work to identify and spur the adoption of safer alternatives. Joy Onasch, from the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute (TURI), discussed TURI's work with the dry cleaning sector over the past decade, including the results of a perc alternatives assessment. The Institute has awarded grants, run demonstration events, and compiled case studies related to dry cleaner conversions from perc to dedicated wet cleaning. Ashley Pedersen and Steve Whittaker, from the King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program (LHWMP), described current efforts in King County to switch perc dry cleaners to safer alternatives and discussed new information about the most common alternatives to perc: high-flashpoint hydrocarbons.