Innovative Canadian Dry-Cleaning Business Goes Green
Three months into the establishment of Nettoyeur Ecologique Royal, a dry cleaning business in Montreal, owner Michael Kutchuk became concerned. His wife’s lifelong skin condition was worsening: her eyes were swollen and itchy, and her hands were raw. What was the source of her deteriorating condition? The harsh chemicals commonly used to clean clothes (including perchloroethylene, or PERC, a chemical that has been related to a number of health and environmental problems). Kutchuk and his wife decided to revamp their business and go green, eliminating PERC and other environmentally harmful chemicals from the clothes-cleaning process. Instead, Kutchuk now uses steam and a minimal amount of water to wash everything. Kutchuk explains that this environmentally friendly change is beneficial to customers, improving “the health of families and their pets by eliminating the chemicals that people breathe, touch and ingest” (thegreenpages.ca, “Nettoyeur Ecologique Royal makes the grade for eco-friendly dry cleaning”).
The Kutchuks’ eco-friendly adjustments to their business led Nettoyeur Ecologique Royal to receive a “Green Business Certification” from The Institute for Green Business Certification (IGBC) in June of 2012.
To read Michael Kutchuk’s story and visit Nettoyeur Ecologique Royal’s website, click here.
To read The Montreal Gazette’s article about Nettoyeur Ecologique Royal, click here.