Great News!! The “Local Law to Increase Awareness of Dry Cleaning Chemical Use” passed the Suffolk County Legislature!
(June 1, 2016) Many thanks to Legislator Kara Hahn and her team, who spearheaded this important legislation, as well as Legislators Sarah Anker & Bridget Fleming, and all those who voted “yes” to protecting public health today!! Thanks also to the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition for their advocacy, and the Pollution Prevention Institute for their support.
So What Does This Mean? This means that the Suffolk County Health Department will now provide each dry cleaner color-coded information signs on dry cleaning solvents, and how they rank in terms of human & environmental health! Cleaners will be required to post signs visibly on the shop window and near the front counter.
Once the Health Department finishes the sign design (now in draft form) it will come before the legislature for a final vote, and then the signs must be up in dry cleaners 90 days after that!!! The Department will also create a web page with information on each of the dry cleaning alternatives available in Suffolk County, including safer options such as wet cleaning and Greenearth, as well as the more common solvents Perchloroethylene (Perc) and hydrocarbon. Compliance with this signage law will be verified by on-site inspections.
This is great day for our consumer right to know!
We now can make much better choices based on science-based information.
Thank you to all who contacted their legislators in support of this pioneering legislation!!! It took many hearings, letters, and several meetings over the past year to improve upon prior drafts, and now our efforts paid off and brought about great legislation!!!
Now onto Nassau County…. : )
Defining Green Dry Cleaning
A green paper by Green Inside and Out
“GREEN” “NON-TOXIC” “ECO-FRIENDLY” “ORGANIC”
In the world of dry cleaning, what do these terms really mean?
Green Inside and Out is proud to partner with Prevention is the Cure in the release of a new “green paper” called “Defining Green Dry Cleaning.” This paper will help consumers understand the meaning behind the variety of “green” dry cleaning terms, as well as address other related dry cleaning issues, such as those below:
- What is Perc and are there ways I can reduce exposure to it?
- How can I reduce my dry cleaning plastic bag waste?
- Where do I find “greener” dry cleaners on Long Island?
We encourage you to read both the executive summary and the complete paper, where you’ll find a list of 32 Long Island dry cleaners who use alternatives to the common dry cleaning chemical known as “Perc” (perchloroethylene) – a likely carcinogen. Then learn more about the various alternatives, the status of regulations for the dry cleaning industry, and policy recommendations.