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Chances are, you’ve smelled that “dry cleaner smell”. It comes from a chemical called PERC. And you won’t find it at Zoots.

PERC is shorthand for perchloroethylene, a powerful solvent that removes dirt and grease from suits and jackets. In the dry cleaning business, it’s long been considered industry standard. But at Zoots, we do things differently. Call us crazy, but we prefer to keep your clothes and house free of nasty chemicals.

Even short-term exposure to PERC can cause some unwanted health problems: dizziness, headaches and neurological damage. Breathe it over a period of time, and the story gets worse: PERC has been linked to liver and kidney problems – even cancer. Do you really need to know more? It’s concerning enough that the Environmental Protection Agency has started to crack down on its use.

Frankly, we didn’t need to wait around for anyone to tell us not to use PERC.

This is not the kind of stuff that you want sneaking into your air or water (or walking around with you all day). And we don’t want any part of it.

On the day we opened our doors back in 1998, we committed to using a greener and healthier, PERC-free dry cleaning process. We use a cleaning fluid that’s 100% biodegradable. It’s one of the reasons that Inc. magazine called us out as one of the nation’s top 50 green companies. And we were the only dry cleaner on the list.

Providing healthier and more environmentally friendly dry cleaning is not alternative to us. It’s just how we do business. And we sleep soundly at night knowing that we’re not exposing our customers, our employees or our communities to nasty chemicals. (With PERC-free blankets, we think you’ll sleep better, too.)

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