Project Green: Nu Yale Dry Cleaners


Posted on August 3, 2009 at 6:00 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 15 at 3:51 PM

(WHAS11) - It's no secret how the chemicals in dry cleaning can be harmful to you and the environment. But, one of our local dry cleaners is taking steps to clean green.

Nu Yale is one of the largest dry cleaning plants in the country, and one of a handful with a new earth friendly dry cleaning process.

It's been known for years, dry cleaning isn't particularly healthy for the earth or our bodies. To dry clean, you need chemicals.

"Because it's a hazardous chemical it's considered a carcinogen by EPA standards," says Michael Maloney, the owner of Nu Yale Drycleaners.

That's why Maloney the owner of the largest dry cleaning plant in the area, and one of the largest in the country, says it's time for a change.

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"So we knew that going forward that we had to come up with a cleaning process that was environmentally friendly, because you don't want that exposure to the skin. The majority of dry cleaners across the country use the older type machines which are less expensive, however, they use harmful chemicals, are inefficient, and tough on clothes, the new Glacier Process seems to solve all of these problems," says Maloney.

Maloney says the older machines leaves hazardous waste which has to be picked up once month, not so with the new system.

"Actually we have very little disposals but when we do all that is recycled back to the manufacturer of the chemical and the company who makes the equipment, so there are actually no disposal problems with this," Maloney says.

As you may have guessed, with a cleaner, greener system, there must be a higher cost. It's about 10 cents for every dollar more to use the glacier cleaning process. Yet, Maloney says since installing the earth friendly system last September, sales were double their expectations.

With all the success, Maloney says they are ordering two more green cleaning machines. Nu Yale will own four of only 22 glacier clean machines in the country.

To get the same earth friendly dry cleaning, you would have to go to places like Chicago, New York, or Atlanta, since Nu Yale has the only green machines in the Ohio Valley area.