Innovative Canadian Dry-Cleaning Business Goes Green

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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.

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Jennifer Harrington is a Toronto-based illustrator, writer and graphic designer. She illustrated the best-selling children’s book series 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' which includes the titles 'A Moose in a Maple Tree,' 'The Night Before a Canadian Christmas' and 'Canadian Jingle Bells.' She is also the owner of JSH Graphics, a boutique graphic design agency that specializes in print and web advertising. With her latest project, Eco Books 4 Kids, Jennifer has partnered with illustrator Michael Arnott to create a series of ecologically-themed ebooks for children. Her next book, 'Spirit Bear,' is due for release in the Summer of 2013. Jennifer offers two different school presentations for her 'Moose in a Maple Tree' collection, an illustration demonstration and a Christmas concert series, which can be booked at www.amooseinamapletree.com. She will be taking bookings for school readings of 'Spirit Bear' beginning in October 2013.

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