The last couple of weeks we’ve looked at reducing our closets and keeping clothing out of the dumps.
One aspect of clothing care that is often overlooked is dry cleaning. Hangers and garment bags from dry cleaning account for a HUGE amount of waste. These are usually tossed without second
thought. The best option is to bring your own hanger and reusable garment bag with you to pick up your dry cleaning. The dry cleaners can reuse the wire hanger and plastic bag that way.
Another option is to donate the wire hangers to a local school, Boys & Girls club, YMCA, church, etc. for children to use in craft projects. Homeless shelters, thrift stores, church clothing banks, and clothing donation centers will also take the hangers!
(It’s also a good idea to research the chemicals your local dry cleaner uses and find a dry cleaner who doesn’t use harsh chemicals- many chemical-free drycleaners and popping up around the nation)
What do you do to reduce your impact from dry cleaning? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or share in the comments below!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Olivia lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and 4 year old son. She enjoys spending time in the mountains, studying about essential oils, natural remedies and herbs, as well as upcycling/ DIY projects. Olivia’s family made the move last year towards becoming a Zero Waste household. They have gotten down to one bathroom sized trashcan a month of garbage but hope to be totally Zero Waste by the end of 2015.
Like this? Check out the rest of our Waste Less and Be Green in 2015 series for more tips!