EcoClean Selects Sustainable Food Center for April PROPS Program Recipient

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Austin’s Eco-Friendly Garment Cleaner Helps its Eighth Non Profit, has Raised Nearly $3,500 to Date

EcoClean is proud to announce its eighth PROPS program nonprofit partner, Sustainable Food Center (SFC). Starting today and every Wednesday in the month of April, 5% of all sales at EcoClean will go to SFC, which operates four weekly farmers’ markets: Downtown, The Triangle, Sunset Valley, and East, in addition to starting community and school gardens and teaching cooking and nutrition classes. EcoClean is an Austin-local brand committed to community involvement in a number of ways including this PROPS program which previously has given nearly $3,500 to seven different local non profits.

EcoClean is an eco-friendly garment cleaner, and its professional wet cleaning is a green alternative to traditional dry cleaning, a chemical based process that has not evolved nor improved since its invention in the 1940’s. An independent Austin business since 1996, EcoClean is a member of the Austin EcoNetwork, offers customers a great – and green – experience with superior garment cleaning, and has free pick up and delivery at over 400 doors, and desks, and growing city-wide.

Since September 2011, the PROPS program has helped a different local non-profit organization each month, with 5% of all sales each Wednesday of that month going to that nonprofit. EcoClean gives its customers an easy way to make a difference, and helps spread awareness of the issues facing the Austin community and the powerful organizations working to solve them. Previous PROPS recipients include Project Transitions, Theatre Action Project, Hill Country Conservancy, SafePlace, Austin Lyric Opera, Save Our Springs (SOS) Alliance and Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB).

The April PROPS partner, Sustainable Food Center (SFC), cultivates a healthy community by strengthening the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable food. SFC envisions a food secure community where all children and adults grow, share and prepare healthy, local food. From seed to table, SFC creates opportunities for individuals to make healthy food choices and to participate in a vibrant local food system. Through organic food gardening, relationships with area farmers, interactive cooking classes and nutrition education, children and adults have increased access to locally grown food and are empowered to improve the long-term health of Central Texans and our environment.

“EcoClean is a partner we are pleased to work with for many reasons,” says Susan Leibrock, SFC’s Community Relations Director. “From their commitment to environmental stewardship to the fact that they’re an Austin business building our local economy, SFC is thrilled and honored to have been selected as EcoClean’s April PROPS partner!”

Austinites are encouraged to bring your cleaning into EcoClean any Wednesday to ensure 5% of your bill will go to a deserving charity. In April, 5% of all Wednesday sales go to Sustainable Food Center. Future month PROPS partners will be announced over time.

About EcoClean:
For more than 15 years, EcoClean has been Austin’s only 100% eco-friendly garment cleaner. With a completely green approach, EcoClean professionally cleans and launders clothing, bedding and other linens using a non toxic, sustainable and safe process. Beyond an environmentally friendly alternative to dry cleaning, business tenants for EcoClean include high touch customer service, hand pressing of every garment, 24 hour turn around and delivery – door or desk – to over 300 Austin addresses and growing. Established in 1996, EcoClean is a member of both the Independent Austin Business Association (IABA) and Austin EcoNetwork. For more information see and @ecocleanaustin. Or go old school and visit 2915 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705 or call: (512) 236-8645

About PROPS:
PROPS is urban slang for PROPER RESPECT which was shortened to PROPERS in the 1960s. In the song Respect, Otis Redding’s original line “… give me my proper respect when you get home” was interpreted by Aretha Franklin as “..give me my propers, when you come home.” The further abbreviated version, PROPS, was popularized in the 1980’s by hip-hop artists and fans.

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