Minneapolis becomes the first US city to eliminate the use of Perchloroethylene

Minneapolis eliminates the use of Perchloroethylene

Minneapolis eliminates the use of Perchloroethylene from all of its dry cleaners. Perchloroethylene, commonly known as “perc,” is a chemical solvent used to clean clothes by dry cleaners, but there is scientific evidence that I is extremely dangerous and harmful to humans and the environment and a likely carcinogen. The city celebrated the removal of the last two barrels of the chemical.from Osman Cleaners, the last business in the city to become entirely “perc-free”.

Banning the use of Perchloroethylene in the USA has been a major issue for the local textile care industry and up until now government efforts were met with limited success. Perc use is banned in commercial laundries in France, where a big effort to replace existing machinery with new, environmental friendly one is taking place.