Since last fall, the EnviroStars green business program has been a resource for Washingtonians to identify eco-friendly companies. In order to be recognized on the EnviroStars list, businesses must meet standards for sustainable energy and water usage, pollution and waste reduction, as well as other environmental factors.
The 100th business to be recognized on this list is U.S. Cleaners in Kirkland for their efforts to eliminate the use of Perchloroethylene, a hazardous cleaning solvent. By using a hydrocarbon cleaning system, U.S. Cleaners now protects the health of their employees and the environment.
U.S. Cleaners’ transition towards less toxic products was funded in part by the EnviroStars program. In addition to providing information to environmentally-minded consumers, the organization also offers resources to businesses which help them find financial incentives for green practices.
“We pride ourselves on taking care of our customers, and it’s important for us to be good stewards of the environment as well,” U.S. Cleaners owner Joong Oh said. “EnviroStars directed us to hands-on assistance from the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County. They helped us follow through with actions that suited our small business. This will certainly save us money in the long run.”
21 cities across Washington State participate in the EnviroStars coalition, and the number of recognized businesses continues to grow. Consumers and businesses alike can find eco-friendly resources at envirostars.greenbiztracker.org.