The Environment Needs Your Help:  Here’s How

Shrink Your Carbon Footprint

The ever-growing environmental movement is changing the political arena in the province; it is also influencing how many companies and individuals do business.  As your Kitsilano dry cleaning alternative, we see the value of running a green business and are always trying to reduce our own carbon footprint.  Here are some small changes that you can make that will have a huge impact on reducing your own.

Product Placement

The types of products you choose in your day to day life can have an impact on the environment.  This list is extensive and includes everything from household cleaners to soaps, shampoos and even toothpaste.  What you may not know is that the products businesses use can also impact the environment either positively or negatively.

At West Boulevard Cleaners, we have always used solvent free detergents that are more effective and far safer for both you and the environment.  Traditional dry-cleaning methods use the carcinogenic chemical PERC.  By supporting businesses that share the same environmental vision as you do, you are not only reducing the amount of chemicals and other harmful products in your environment, you are also reducing your carbon footprint.

Take Advantage of Services

When looking at where you want to spend your money and what companies you want to support, before making your final decision, have a look at the services they offer.  Services can not only save you time, they can also help reduce your carbon footprint.

At West Boulevard Cleaners, we offer free pickup and delivery service for our customers because we know how busy life can be and we also understand that the less cars on the road, the less emissions and the cleaner the air is in our beautiful city.

Clothing Choices

What you wear can greatly impact your environmental choices as well as your carbon footprint.  Fast fashion refers to cheaply made, inexpensive clothing that seems to offer an almost endless supply of choices, colours and prints.  Unfortunately, because of the quality of these clothes as well as their price point, most of this “fast fashion” ends up in our landfills – over 15 million tons to be exact.

The list is endless of the environmental and social issues attached to “fast fashion.”  It includes:

  • Soil contamination because of the pesticides and herbicides used to grow cheap cotton.
  • Water contamination of nearby crops as well as run-off and dead zones in bodies of water created by pesticides.
  • Overseas labour laws, including dangerous working conditions, as well as child labour.

By educating yourself and making small yet effective changes you can not only reduce your carbon footprint, you will also make a statement of what type of planet you want to live on.  If you are interested in other ways to reduce your global footprint or would like to see how our environmentally friendly cleaning services can benefit you, please stop by today.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

ECO-FRIENDLY CHOICES FOR CLEANING YOUR HOME

Here at your local, environmentally conscious Kitsilano dry cleaners, we practice eco-awareness in dry-cleaning your clothes. We believe that reducing our carbon footprint should be something we all work towards in every aspect of life. We also believe that caring for the environment as you move through your day-to-day shouldn’t be so hard!

Your home cleaning routine is one place where it pays to switch to a green strategy. It’s very simple to do, because a lot of times, you’re just switching out the products you use to do cleaning you already do in the first place. Plus, the harsh chemicals in conventional cleaning products may be harmful for your family. Not only will you be helping the planet, you’ll be providing a safer space for your loved ones, too!

Green your home cleaning game with the following tips.

Swap Conventional Products for Green Ones

Instead of using the conventional sprays you find in every market and convenience store, consider switching greener products. Many of these are made from renewable resources, rather than petroleum, which makes up a lot of conventional products.

Of course, you can also choose to completely DIY it. Vinegar and baking soda both make great all-purpose cleaners when mixed alone with just a little water. Not only is this eco-friendly, it’ll save you money on cleaning products!

Love Baking Soda Like it Loves You

Baking soda is a miracle product. It lifts those weird smells from your fridge, but did you know it can also get odors out of your carpets? Just sprinkle a little bit on the problem area to soak up the odor, then vacuum. Done!

Ditch Store-Bought Air Fresheners

Store-bought air fresheners may smell fresh and clean, but they are anything but. Green plants are a great addition to any home, as they filter a home’s interior air while also giving off nice smells. You can also make your home smell nice by going an extra mile and boiling your favorite herbs, or cloves and cinnamon—or just bake some cookies!

Dispose of Old Products Carefully

If you’re swapping conventional products for green ones, we applaud you! But be careful not to dispose of them in waste bins that end up in landfills or poured down a drain. If these chemicals are bad for your home, they’re also bad for water supplies. Do a search for your community’s recycling centers to see if they can help take these off your hands.

Visit Eco-friendly Kitsilano Dry Cleaners.

Of course, conventional dry cleaners are just as harmful to your belongings as conventional cleaning products are to your home. The solvent used by dry cleaners, commonly known as perc, is toxic to humans—you don’t want that in your clothes! It also helps create smog, which is both unsightly and very bad for the surrounding environment. Find a cleaner in your local area, like West Boulevard Cleaners, that are known to use green methods for dry cleaning.

ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WEDDINGS

Your wedding is one of the most special times of your life, but it can be very wasteful and not eco-friendly.  Here are some ways to have a wonderful day and keep our environment pristine.

The gorgeous cherry blossoms, the stunning backdrop of the mountains and the spectacular ocean make Vancouver the perfect place to tie the knot. As the premier eco-friendly professional wedding dress cleaners in Vancouver we would like to offer these tips on how you can make your wedding an eco-friendly event and still throw the party of a lifetime.

Choose a Sustainable Venue and Menu

One of the best ways you can ensure a greener wedding is by choosing a venue that aligns with your values. Outdoor venues are wonderful places for a wedding because there are very few resources required. No matter where you decide to get married, try to incorporate as many eco-friendly elements as possible.

Another place where you can make a sustainable choice is in your food menu. This is especially true if you will be serving seafood or fish. Take the time to see what products are on the ocean wise menu and talk to your caterer or the venue to see what environmental practices they employ.

Go Vintage

Vintage wedding dresses are quickly gaining popularity in the wedding scene and can provide quite a statement. Perhaps you are thinking about wearing a dress that is a family heirloom or you want to make a statement and not buy new.

Regardless of your reasons, if you do decide on a vintage wedding dress let us ensure that it is clean and ready for the big day. Our eco-friendly cleaning services are in line with the sustainable wedding choices and we will treat this precious garment with the special care that it deserves. Bring it in and talk with one of our cleaning professionals in person. Best to phone first to make sure we’re available.

Support Eco-Friendly Businesses

Any wedding is a big event with many moving parts. From caterers to photographers to calligraphers, there are a lot of businesses that you will be dealing with as the big day draws nearer. Here is your opportunity to find businesses that reflect your values and offer sustainable choices or products. Some green ideas include:

    • Get all your wedding invitations printed on recycled paper.
    • Make sure that your wedding favours are sustainable such as free trade tea, coffee or chocolate.
    • Ensure that your gifts on your registry are sourced from sustainable eco-friendly companies.

The sustainable business choices are endless.

Let Us Help

At West Boulevard Cleaners, we also place an importance on eco-friendly choices and fully understand and support sustainable lifestyle choices. We understand how busy and involved you will be in your wedding decisions. We will do our very best to help your big day be a highlight in your life.

Give us a call to make sure one of our cleaning experts is available, then stop by with your dress, and see how our eco-friendly cleaning services can get your wedding dress ready for the big day and keep this treasured keepsake pristine for years to come.

GREEN WEDDING DRESS CLEANING

While we are on the topic of green weddings, here are some important tips about cleaning your gorgeous dress.  After the big day, it is important to get your wedding dress professionally cleaned so it can be preserved and cherished forever.

As the premier eco-friendly professional cleaner in Vancouver, we would like to offer the following advice on how to preserve and clean your wedding dress.

Initial Inspection and Discussion

We know how much your wedding dress means to you and what it symbolizes. That is why we treat each of our customers as individuals and have an in-depth discussion to explain each cleaning step in detail. We also do a detailed inspection of each dress to make sure that any stained area or area of discoloration is given extra care.

Here’s the Deal:

By paying attention to detail we not only provide full customer satisfaction, we also keep your wedding dress in pristine condition for generations to come.

The Eco-Friendly Difference

Our eco-friendly cleaning approach is guaranteed to leave no chemical residue on your dress. Instead of harmful chemicals such as PERC, we use a specially designed wet cleaning program that is gentle enough to ensure that even the most delicate of beading or lace will not be damaged. Our cleaning method is:

  • Environmentally friendly and fully biodegradable.
  • Chemical and solvent free.
  • Guaranteed to leave your clothes brighter, softer, fresher and free of all chemical smells.

Packaging and Boxing

Once your wedding dress has been thoroughly cleaned we also ensure it is properly packaged to keep it looking new for years to come. We package all our wedding dresses in acid-free paper to prevent yellowing and maintain your dress’ original colour.

Let Us Help You

We know how busy things can get after a wedding. A honeymoon to plan and the beginning of a new chapter in life can leave little time for trivial matters such as picking up your wedding dress. This is why we offer free pick-up and delivery service.

We suggest you book an initial consultation with us to discuss the entire cleaning and preservation process and to identify any problem areas or stains that are on your wedding dress. You will be pleased with the final product.

We know that your wedding dress is symbolic of perhaps the most important day of your life. We treat every wedding dress with the special care it deserves and will maintain and preserve the beauty and essence of your dress.

Our professional, friendly and knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions and ensure that your dress is attended to the way you want. Our eco-friendly cleaning approach will leave your dress looking pristine so that you can keep it as a treasured keepsake.

5 REASONS TO GO GREEN FOR A BETTER LIFE

There are many great reasons to lead a greener and cleaner lifestyle. Perhaps a healthier you was part of a New Year’s resolution or perhaps you want to lead a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Whatever the reasons, a cleaner and greener lifestyle can provide you and your loved ones a better quality of life. Here are the top 5 reasons to go green.

A Healthy, New You

Probably the most important reason why people go green is that a greener lifestyle is a healthier lifestyle. By going green, you will expose yourself and your family to fewer chemicals. This in turn will expose your body to less toxins. Less toxins in your body will allow you to lead to a longer and healthier life.

You Will Save Money in the Long Run

Not only will a green lifestyle provide a healthier you, it will also help you save money in the long run. Over time, you should be able to save money on both your home heating, electrical and water bill. Remember, a green lifestyle means more than choosing to eat organic food. Think about turning your thermostat down, shortening your shower and turning off lights in rooms if you are not using them.

Responsibility and Role Model

Each generation learns from the mistakes of the previous one. We now know the impacts climate change and other man-made impacts have on our planet. You have a responsibility to the planet and your children to make the planet livable for future generations. You will also want to be a role model and show your family that you are committed to this change by choosing greener, more responsible products.

Sustainability

A greener lifestyle is a more sustainable lifestyle. By going green, you will reduce your reliance on non-renewable resources such as fossil fuels. Instead, choose products that are made from and support other more renewable energy sources such as solar or wind. By making a few simple choices, you will help to reduce your footprint on this planet.

Do your Part for the Environment

A greener lifestyle will also greatly impact the environment you and your family live in. By choosing to recycle and choosing greener products and services, you should be able to do your part for the planet.

As one of the premier Kitsilano dry cleaning alternatives, we want to help you go green and offer a great environmentally friendly and organic alternative to traditional dry-cleaning methods.

Our dry-cleaning method is environmentally friendly and fully biodegradable. This process ensures that there is no damage to the air we breathe or the pristine environment we enjoy here in Vancouver. If you would like to keep your garments spotless without all the toxic and damaging dry cleaning chemicals of traditional dry cleaning, come by our store and see for yourself the difference a greener approach really makes. We hope to see you soon!

WHY SOLVENT FREE IS RIGHT FOR YOU

It really is no secret that traditional dry-cleaning methods have been in the spotlight for some time now.  The chemicals used in the process are not only harmful to the environment, they are also harmful to you and your family.  As the premier Kitsilano solvent free drycleaners, we are proud to offer a safe alternative.  Here is an overview of why choosing solvent free is the right choice for you.

Traditional Dry Cleaning

The traditional dry-cleaning process has always relied upon harsh chemicals to get your clothes clean.  The main culprit is perchloroethylene or PERC.  PERC has been linked to a wide range of health conditions and is a suspected carcinogen.  Some of the more alarming health concerns of PERC include:

  • Short term effects – shortness of breath, dizziness and headaches, according to the EPA.
  • Long term exposure can lead to different types of cancers and kidney damage.

Your garments are soaked in a chemical bath of PERC and then dried.  Not all the PERC residue is removed and depending upon the type of fibers in your clothing (cotton, Polyester, wool), your clothing retains a certain amount of this harmful chemical.  Your clothes are then zipped into bags which helps to contain the chemical that is then slowly released into the air and into your skin when you wear that piece of clothing.

Here’s the Deal:

The hydrocarbons in PERC break down very slowly in the air, so the chemical effects can travel long distances and can linger in your home and in your clothes for a long period of time, making it dangerous to you and your family members.

Go Solvent Free

So, what’s the answer?

There are other alternatives to the traditional cleaning method.  At West Boulevard Cleaners, we offer a solvent free approach that does not harm the environment nor is it harmful to you or your loved ones.  Our solvent free method utilizes ecofriendly detergents and water.  This cleaning process is easier and gentler on your clothes because we do not use any harsh chemicals in the cleaning process.

You will be very pleased with the results as they are as good or better than traditional dry cleaning and will leave your clothes smelling and feeling fresher and cleaner and without that chemical smell.

No one wants to be exposed to harmful chemicals or have to deal with health problems later in their life.  Almost every industry is moving towards a greener future and making the switch to a solvent free cleaning approach for your clothes.  Stop by today to see why our solvent free cleaning method is the right choice for you and your clothes.  Our friendly and professional staff would love to answer any questions that you may have.  We look forward to seeing you soon.