Let's eliminate plastic dry cleaning bags in Mar Vista!



Ask Us note…..

"I bought a "Green Garmento" reusable laundry bag/garment bag at the Eco Gift Fair in Santa Monica. I would like to start a campaign with all the local dry cleaners to promote these bags, and greatly reduce their plastic use. They are not expensive and make so much sense. I contacted Green Garmento about it, and also suggested they sell the bags at our Farmers Market. They already sent me info on who to contact. They would sell other green products, too. I looked at the MV Farmers Market website and see that it would not really be appropriate for them to have a table. I wonder if there is a way to offer the bags for sale visibly? Or is it best to try and get the dry cleaners to buy in? I hope you don't mind me running this by you.
Thanks,
Agnes Anderson
Transition Mar Vista


Coincidentally, the green dry cleaner that we have used just closed. I have used a similar bag for years and love eliminating plastic bags from our dry cleaning. I found a dry cleaner that doesn’t use perc, but they are reluctant to use my reusable bag – they say they get lost.
It has been reported that an estimated 300 million pounds of single use plastic bags from dry cleaners fill our landfills every year. Agnes is right – we can make a difference!

Here are three options for reusable bags -

Green Garmento
• Zipper front
• Converts to tote
• Made from non-woven, recycled, water-repellent material
• Machine washable
• Clear ID pocket is large enough to hold customer tickets
• Drawstring-like closure at bottom of bag in Garment Position

Reuseniks
• The originator
• 100% cotton
• Zipper front
• Drawstring bottom
• Machine washable
• Drawstring bottom

Dry Greening
• Converts to tote
• Made from non-woven, recycled, water-repellent material
• Machine washable
• Clear ID pocket is large enough to hold customer tickets
• Drawstring closure at bottom of bag in Garment Position

Both Agnes and Paul (Paul Herzog, Surfrider Foundation,Ocean Friendly Gardens, Program Coordinator
rave about Del Mar Natural Cleaners and they will accept the reusable bags! They have a 4 green leaf rating on Greenopia.

Del Mar Natural Cleaners
701 Washington Blvd.
Marina Del Rey, CA 90292
310-482-0060
Cross Street: Oxford St

Let us know if the dry cleaner that you are using will accept reusable bags. Let’s all encourage the dry cleaners we use to convert to them!

4 comments:

  1. Hello Agnes,

    Thank you for bringing the plastic garment bag issue to light. I'm am one of the founders of The Green Garmento and we are thrilled to have presence within your community.

    I wanted to extend our free bag offer to your readers. They simply need to send us thier dry cleaners information and we'll send a code for a free bag. We do ask they pay shipping. All information is on our website: http://www.thegreengarmento.com click on "Get Free Bags" To learn more.

    The Green Garmento is different because it is 3 bags in 1. It is a hanging hamper, or fits on most standard hamper frames, it then converts to a duffel bag, then to hanging garment bag. It also has a full side zipper so you can have easy access to all of your clothes before leaving the dry cleaner.

    Many dry cleaners all over the country are using our bags and we have a "mentor" program for dry cleaners who need help implementing the bags into thier systems.

    Thanks again to you and your communtity for your enthuiasm about The Green Garmento and hopefully together we can all "Be fantastic and use less plastic!"

    Take Care,
    Jennie

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  2. Jennie -
    That is awesome! I have posted a note on Facebook and Open Mar Vista to spread the word. Thank you!!

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  3. Thank you to everyone who suggested Grand View Dry Cleaners! I just made my first visit and saw that they are actively using reusable bags rather than plastic and even sell them!

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