7: CALIFORNIA CLEANING

Dry cleaning may be the next store service to go green. California last month became the first state to phase out perchloroethylene, or the solvent used by the vast majority of commercial dry cleaners. Businesses in the state will be allowed to continue using recently purchased equipment through 2023, but will be banned from buying any new perc machines beginning next year. Environmentalists have

Dry cleaning may be the next store service to go green.

California last month became the first state to phase out perchloroethylene, or “perc” — the solvent used by the vast majority of commercial dry cleaners. Businesses in the state will be allowed to continue using recently purchased equipment through 2023, but will be banned from buying any new perc machines beginning next year.

Environmentalists have long expressed concern about perc, which is highly toxic when concentrat

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