A Transparent Approach
To provide our customers with an honest assessment of the impact of dry cleaning and laundry operations on the environment.
To be transparent and raise individual awareness of consumers, which will ideally result in change within the industry towards mitigating environmental impact.
Contrary to marketing hype, bio-degradable plastic bags used for packaging by dry cleaners, including Black & White, do notfully biodegrade. You can read more on the topic here.
Tie a knot at one end of the plastic bag you receive your clothes in. Double bag and use them as a trash bag. We’ll be more than happy to see a second use for these bags.
Demand that your dry cleaner does not utilize single use plastic bag to pack your items. Instead ask them to use a re-useable non-woven bag (the ones that are used to pack suits). Eliminate plastic bags from dry cleaning altogether.
RESOURCE USE – WATER AND ELECTRICITY
DEWA has run numerous campaigns on efficient water and electricity use. Run your washing machine with a full load. Hang dry clothes when possible. While bringing the items in to us for cleaning does have its own carbon footprint, the washing of clothes in bulk leads to lower energy and water consumption per unit of items cleaned.
Waterless and low energy cleaning systems. Prototypes exist but are still far from wide spread commercial use.
HAZARDOUS WASTE GENERATED FROM DRY CLEANING
Understand that conventional dry cleaning is performed using the chemical perchlorethylene or perc. Dry Cleaning performed using this method generates a toxic waste sludge that eventually ends up in the landfill. Avoid purchasing clothing that are recommended for dry clean only.
A cleaning method that does not generate chemical waste. Stop-gap options exist but have their issues. No dry cleaner in Dubai, to our knowledge, has a 100% chemical waste free dry cleaning process. We hope to be the first. Watch this space for updates or drop us an email below.
To be the first carbon neutral dry cleaning and laundry company in Dubai and perhaps in the MENA region.
The above are a few of the major factors by which we generate an environmental footprint. This is by no means a complete list. It is but a work in progress which we hope to continually update and improve upon. If you are intrigued and would like to receive updates on our progress or just have a comment on the above, please register your email address or provide us with your comments below.