The Anonymous Widower

Environmentally-Friendly Dry Cleaning

In the late-1960s, when I worked for ICI, the company was very worried about the effect of dry-cleaning chemicals on the health of workers and was constantly looking for better chemicals.

I suspect as that was fifty years ago, that the dry-cleaning process itself is very much more envionmentally friendly.

But look at these trousers, that I have just brought back from the dry cleaners.

There are two things wrong with the packaging.

The awful wire coat hangers, which are a nuisance to deal with and go straight in the bin.

The plastic wrapping over the top, which I assume is not recyclable.

Years ago in Suffolk, we had a man who collected and returned our bed linen from the laundry, once a week. I can’t remember the company, but I hope they’re still going, as they did an excellent service.

They then started doing dry cleaning and they gave you the choice of having it on hangers or neatly folded in tissue paper.

I remember we chose the latter, as it was so much more convenient.

C would then put things that needed a hanger on proper wooden ones.

With the worries around plastic getting into the oceans, surely we should stop this needless wrapping of dry cleaning with plastic and fold things neatly in tissue paper!

I look forward to seeing a dry-cleaners, that says that we don’t use plastic!

November 25, 2018 - Posted by | World | , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. I don’t have much dry cleaned, when I do I go to a local independent one – I try and use local independent people whenever I can. And I am trying to remember what they do with their cleaned items. Mostly I take wool and silk fabrics that I will sew with to be pre-shrunk – it amuses the man in the shop because of course they are more used to trying to not shrink things. I really do try hard not to have to wash expensive wool and decent silk at home.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | November 25, 2018 | Reply

  2. The coat hangers are aluminium so can go in the recycling bin or you can take them back to the dry cleaners to be re-used. The polythene covering is, I suspect, recyclable. Well ours go in the recycling to let them decide.

    Comment by mauricegreed | November 26, 2018 | Reply

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    Comment by jenny | December 4, 2018 | Reply


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