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The next time you retrieve that suit from the dry cleaner’s, consider that you may be picking up more than you dropped off. Clinging to most freshly dry-cleaned clothing are traces of perchloroethylene, a chlorine- based compound used by 90 percent of all dry cleaners. Listed by the EPA as a hazardous air pollutant and a “probable human carcinogen,” perc has also been linked to neurological damage and reproductive disorders.

The largest consumers of perc, dry cleaners use an estimated 250 million pounds of the compound annually. While exposure to contaminated garments poses minimal health risks, a more serious threat from perc exists in our air, food, and water. Both the production and incineration fo this organochlorine create hundreds of toxic byproducts, and flushing perc into the sewer system contaminates groundwater supplies. Environmentalists are clamoring for a phase-out of this dirty cleaning solvent.

The enviros offer an alternative to perc, dubbed “GreenClean,” based on water, natural soaps, head, steam, and skilled labor. In addition to eco-dry cleaning’s obvious benefit–it doesn’t pump toxins into the environment–GreenClean offers a number of advantages, according to Greenpeace analysts:

Better Results:
EPA data and consumer surveys show GreenClean equals or outperforms perc.
More Jobs:
Because GreenClean relies on individual treatment of garments, it requires a 21 percent increase in labor–a cost offset by reductions in other operating expenses, such as chemical costs and hazardous waste disposal fees.
Increased Profit:
EPA numbers show that GreenClean operations require a 41 percent lower investment than traditional setups and yield a 5 percent higher profit.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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