These 'Green' Dry Cleaners Misled Customers, City Says

Investigation by city attorney's office reveals Santa Monica dry cleaners use chemicals that haven't proved non-toxic.

A half-dozen dry cleaners making unsubstantiated claims about being "eco-friendly" have agreed to clean up their advertisements, city prosecutors announced Tuesday.

Prosecutors said they investigated dry cleaners across the city and found six couldn't support claims they were using "non-toxic," "safe," "environmentally safe," and "environmentally friendly" chemicals.

The businesses are: Cleaner By Nature, Courtyard Cleaners, Dry Clean Express, Eco Cleaners, Plaza Cleaners, TJ Cleaners

One of the dry cleaners uses a product called "Green Earth," made from a chemical known as D5. The other businesses use a hydrocarbon-based process. Both solvents are safer than "perc," a carcinogen that's being phased out of the industry, but neither has proved non-toxic to humans, according to Adam Radinsky, head of the city's consumer protection unit.

"We’re glad these companies have started using less toxic chemicals, but marketing them as 'eco-friendly' just goes too far," Dean Kubani, director of the city's office of sustainability and the environment, said in a statement.

Staffers in Kubani's office did a visual survey citywide for green claims being made at dry cleaners. The six businesses named above "are the main ones who were found to be making such claims," Radinsky said.

"None of the six businesses produced evidence to back its green claims," he said.

Al Loren Stone January 22, 2013 at 11:35 PM
I'm glad these claims are being questioned by the city.
Glenn E Grab January 23, 2013 at 04:11 PM
I feelso much safer knowing that the bold city attorney's office is protecting me from the horrible criminal gangsters in the dry-cleaning industry...
Babs January 23, 2013 at 05:02 PM
Dry cleaners?! The city wants to charge non-SM people more to swim in the pool, and we're paying the city attorney's office to do a "visual survey" (would that stand up in court?) of these cleaners? I want to know how this landed on the city attorney's plate? You mean to tell us that there was no other pressing issues that the office had to find something to prosecute? My god, what a WASTE of money that the city does not have.
Jenna Chandler January 23, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Hi Babs, the folks in the city's office of environment and sustainability did a visual survey to see which businesses were advertising their operations as "environmentally friendly," then they asked those businesses to provide evidence that could support those claims. Those that couldn't are the six named by the city in this article.


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