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Coos Bay Business Wins Sustainability Award
The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce has started to recognize businesses that embrace the principles of sustainability by balancing business, the environment, and community by independent third party certification and/or implementation of voluntary best management practices for their industry.
This month’s award is the second to be awarded and was presented at the Chamber’s Wednesday Business Connection luncheon to Wardrobe Cleaners, in downtown Coos Bay. When Jerry and Laura Wharton took over the business in 2005, they decided to upgrade their equipment to use a more environmentally sensitive dry cleaning solvent. This equipment cost twice that of the traditional PERC dry cleaning machines, but they felt strongly that they didn’t want to use PERC. Not only is PERC considered a hazardous chemical, it is hard to separate from water when mixed. The newer solvent that Wardrobe Cleaners decided to use is natural and it does not mix easily with water making it environmentally friendly as well. And their customers have noticed that their clothes have a better feel using this new technology.
Wardrobe Cleaners join the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission and is the Bay Area Chamber’s second recipient of the Sustainability Award.