Austin's Progressive Cleaner, EcoClean, Changing the face of Austin Dry Cleaning with Non-Profit Recognition Program, PROPS.

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Local dry cleaning alternative, EcoClean, announces that KOOP Radio will be their July 2012 PROPS partner. EcoClean uses a healthy and environmentally responsible method to clean clothes and gives back to the Austin community through their PROPS Program. KOOP Radio is Recognized in July for their commitment to social justice and for providing airwave access to typically under-represented communities. 5% of EcoClean Sales on all the Wednesdays in July will be gifted to KOOP Radio.

EcoClean proudly announces its eleventh PROPS program partner, KOOP Radio. Starting Wednesday July 11th, and every subsequent Wednesday in the month of July, 5% of all sales at EcoClean will be donated to KOOP Radio, Austin’s community radio station. Individuals can make a difference for KOOP by patronizing EcoClean on a Wednesday in July.

EcoClean is an Austin dry cleaning alternative business committed to community involvement. PROPS is EcoClean’s community partner program designed to create positive change in the environment and social fabric of Austin. Each month they partner with a local organization that is in some way addressing the issues facing our community. The program has raised over $4,000 for local non profits and organizations in the last ten months.

PROPS not only recognizes the people and organizations making a difference in Central Texas, it also gives EcoClean customers the ability to contribute every week.

“We commit to giving the 5%, but it’s up to our customers and the community members who hear about the program to come in with their cleaning to make a difference and ultimately increase the donation… you know, it’s a community effort,” says EcoClean manager Kerstin Shoberg.

KOOP Radio was selected this month in a salute to their mission of supporting social justice through diverse programming that deals with local issues and by providing airwave access to typically under-represented communities. Operating at 91.7 MHz, KOOP is owned and operated by its members in a cooperative structure. KOOP has over 80 locally produced programs airing every week. Any member of the community can join and potentially produce their own radio program. KOOP provides the training and the facilities. More than 75% of KOOP’s budget comes from donations and memberships of individual and business supporters in our community.

More about EcoClean:
In February of this year, the EPA classified Perc (Tetrachloroethylene), the chemical used in 70% of dry cleaning, as a likely human carcinogen. Additionally, Perc is 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.

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. “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 a healthy 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 door or desk – to over 400 Austin addresses and growing.

Established in 1996, EcoClean is a member of both the Austin Independent Business Association (AIBA) and Austin EcoNetwork. For more information visit their website, or follow them on Twitter and Facebook. Or go old school and visit 2915 Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78705 and call (512) 236-8645

Previous PROPS recipients include Austin Pets Alive, Sustainable Food Center, Project Transitions, Theatre Action Project, Hill Country Conservancy, SafePlace, Austin Lyric Opera, Save Our Springs (SOS) Alliance, The Colorado River Foundation, and Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB).

Austinites are encouraged to bring garments and household cleaning into EcoClean any Wednesday to ensure 5% of your bill will go to a deserving charity. In July, 5% of all Wednesday sales go to KOOP.

"We so appreciate that KOOP 91.7FM was selected as the PROPS partner for July. It's a hallmark of a vibrant community like Austin that local businesses like EcoClean are able to partner with non-profits to the benefit of both. The PROPS program is a great way for Austinites to accomplish philanthropy in their day-to-day lives and support our locals at the same time. Many thanks to EcoClean for the opportunity, and to our listeners: get your cleaning done on Wednesdays in July!" says Leah Manners, development director for KOOP.

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