Evaluation and Demonstration of Wet Cleaning Alternatives to Perchloroethylene-based Garment CareEPA Grant Number: R824737
Title: Evaluation and Demonstration of Wet Cleaning Alternatives to Perchloroethylene-based Garment Care
Investigators: Gottlieb, Robert
Current Investigators: Gottlieb, Robert , Bechtel, Laura , Goodheart, Jessica , Sinsheimer, Peter , Tranby, Craig
Institution: University of California - Los Angeles
Current Institution: University of California - Los Angeles , Occidental College
EPA Project Officer: Lee, Sonja
Project Period: October 1, 1995 through June 1, 1997
Project Amount: $129,968
RFA: Incentives and Impediments to Pollution Prevention (1995) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: Sustainability , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development
Description:The UCLA Pollution Prevention Education and Research Center has undertaken an evaluation of wet cleaning as a non-toxic alternative to perchloroethylene-based garment care. A contractual arrangement with a demonstration site, called Cleaner by Nature, allows evaluators to collect real-world performance, financial and environmental data on the operations of a 100% wet cleaning facility. The visitors to the Cleaner by Nature test facility, including dry cleaners, fabric manufacturers, and regulators, get a first-hand look at the new technology.
The evaluation of the Cleaner by Nature demonstration site has three major components. Each component addresses the question of whether wet cleaning is a viable alternative to dry cleaning. Comparable information of equivalent sized dry cleaners will also be included as part of the evaluation. The evaluation components include:
Performance Capability: Measured through a repeat clean wear test, a random telephone survey regarding customer satisfaction with the process, and an assessment of the demonstration site's ability to successfully clean a range of garments that are labeled dry clean only.
Environmental Evaluation: Measured by an analysis of resource use, such as water, energy and chemical use, as well as discharges and emissions.
Financial Viability Assessment: Measured by an analysis of start-up and operating costs, and external financial factors that affect the viability of the two processes.