How harmful is dry cleaning to the environment?



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    Perchloroethylene is the chemical used by 90% of dry cleaners in the U.S. It is harmful to the environment because it can seep into the water system. It then can cause birth defects and miscarriages, has been linked to kidney and liver problems, and is on the list of probable carcinogens. Dry cleaners also use a lot of plastic, that is used to protect the clothes after they’ve been cleaned until they get to your house. In addition, they give new hangers with every garment. If the plastic is not recycled and hangers not reused then this has a large impact on the environment as well. 

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