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Environmentally Friendly

Why should I look for an Environmentally Friendly Dry Cleaner?

Both our local and wider environment are really important here in Oxford, we live in a congested city where space is at a premium.

Wash and Sew does what it can to help in two ways. Firstly and most importantly to us, we are an environmentally friendly dry cleaner using the greenest solvents possible with energy efficient, state of the art equipment.

Both our water and energy consumption are low and our impact through use of chemicals minimised.

Second, we collect and deliver, saving you time and fuel – good for you, good for Oxford and good for the environment.

With the use of an advanced RENZACCI HYDROCARBON machine, we offer a UNIQUE service that is both ENVIROMENTALLY FRIENDLY, gentle to your garments and still provide a high quality cleaning technique.

Designed with the environment in mind, the Renzacci alternative solvent system consumes 40% less energy and 70% less water on average, compared to standard Perc dry cleaning machines used by the majority of businesses locally.

Traditional methods of dry cleaning are dirty and potentially dangerous.

PERC is the standard cleaning process used in the dry cleaning business, but not at Wash and Sew in Oxford.

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PERC has been listed as a hazardous air pollutant by the Clean Air Act in the US and a probable human carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Consumers Union, the not-for-profit publisher of Consumer Reports, again in the US, has said that long-term exposure could increase the cancer risk for consumers who wear a lot of dry-cleaned clothes.

But there are much better alternatives and at Wash and Sew we use both the latest technology and the best cleaning materials available. Non toxic and environmentally friendly.

Not only that, clothes don’t have that faint smell you get from the chemicals used in traditional dry cleaning.

Why not give us a try and see how we compare on price, service and results; we think you’ll be very pleased.

And you’ll be helping keep our environment cleaner too.

If you’d like to find out more about PERC and the steps being taken to eradicate its use in the US, please see this article from the Wall Street Journal, it makes for interesting reading.

Environmentally sustainable care - a discussion in Laundry and Cleaning News

Laundry and Cleaning News, the leading industry publication wrote about the growing co-operation between dry cleaning manufacturers and solvent producers in the race to produce systems that were both environmentally friendly, economic to run and provide ever higher levels of cleaning and textile care.

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Laundry and Cleaning News the leading industry publication wrote about the growing co-operation between dry cleaning manufacturers and solvent producers in the race to produce systems that were both environmentally friendly, economic to run and provide ever higher levels of cleaning and textile care.

Renzacci, one the leading environmentally aware manufacturers, spoke about ‘seeing a series of innovations and developing fresh solutions’, the results of which we use here at Wash and Sew in Oxford. The benefits to both us and to our customers is an extremely flexible machine capable of using the very best solvents including K$ which ‘can clean as well as perc without the use of harmful chemicals’.

Providing a superior service with the least impact on the environment is extremely important to us. Get in touch if you would like to find out more about our approach to dry cleaning and the environment.