EcoClean Community Giving Program, PROPS, to Supports AIDS Services of Austin this Month

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Not your ordinary drycleaner, EcoClean is a setting new standards of community involvement, environmental responsibility, and non-toxic cleaning methods.

Austin’s progressive Garment Care Business, EcoClean, announced today that they have selected AIDS Services of Austin this month as their PROPS partner. PROPS is a community give-back program that gifts %5 of EcoCLean’s Wednesday sales for one month directly to a local non-profit. Organizations are selected across a broad range of issues including health and wellness, environment, social justice, animal welfare, and the Arts. Committed to community involvement, EcoClean developed PROPS as a way to not only provide much needed funds to these organizations but also as a way to raise awareness around the issues they are working to solve. PROPS, raised over $4500 in its first year.

“Our customers make progressive choices for their health and the environment. The PROPS program is an extension of that pro-active spirit. We commit to giving the 5%, but it’s up to the broader community to come in with their cleaning and increase the donation,” says EcoClean manager Kerstin Shoberg.

AIDS Services of Austin works to enhance the health and well-being of people affected by HIV and AIDS in Central Texas. Striving to provide comprehensive assistance to individuals in crisis, their core programs include legal assistance, case management, emergency financial funding, a food bank, a dental clinic, prevention, and building supportive community.

“We are grateful for community partners like EcoClean who are not only environmentally conscious in the service they provide, but are also socially conscious by giving back to agencies in the Austin area. Their commitment to the community means that people affected by HIV and AIDS will have the programs and services they need to enhance their health and well-being. EcoClean has chosen AIDS Services of Austin’s (ASA) 25th anniversary month to make an important positive impact by donating 5% of their revenue on every Wednesday in October! What a great a great way to help ASA celebrate 25 years of positive change for people affected by HIV and AIDS!” Marianne DeLeon, Development Director, AIDS Services of Austin said.

EcoClean is an eco-friendly garment cleaner, and its professional wet cleaning is considered by the EPA to be the safest alternative to dry cleaning. In February of this year, the EPA classified the chemical used in 70% of dry cleaning, Perc, as a likely human carcinogen. Perc is also the primary contaminant in over half of our country’s Superfund sites (hazardous waste sites on the EPA’s National Priority List based on potential health impact). Despite its catastrophic environmental impact and health concerns, Perc continues to be the main chemical used in most dry cleaning.

“We are here at the cutting edge of the dry-cleaning revolution,” says Shoberg, “there is absolutely no reason to keep using petroleum solvents to clean clothes. The risks are too high.”
EcoClean professionally cleans clothing, household, and commercial items using their safe and sustainable process. Beyond providing an alternative to dry cleaning, EcoClean prides itself on high touch customer service, hand pressing of every garment, 24 hour turn around and free delivery to over 400 Austin homes and businesses. Their pledge to the environment extends beyond the cleaning methods; by encouraging customers to bring back hangers for reuse, purchase reusable garment bags and sign up for delivery service, the company is introducing a greener, sustainable model long overdue in the garment care industry

Established in 1996, EcoClean is a member of both the Austin Independent Business Association (AIBA) and Austin EcoNetwork. For more information visit http://www.ecocleanaustin.com and @ecocleanaustin. Or go old school and visit 2915 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705 or call: (512) 236-8645

Austinites are encouraged to bring garments and household cleaning into EcoClean any Wednesday to ensure 5% of their bill will go to a deserving organization. October’s PROPS organization is AIDS Services of Austin.

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