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SGS, in partnership with GreenEarth Cleaning LLC, is pleased to announce the new SGS Global Softlines garment dry cleaning testing service using the GreenEarth dry cleaning system. The system uses a process that is based on cyclic-siloxane, and is the only patented dry cleaning technology that uses this proprietary silicone solvent.1 This is an innovative, environmentally non-toxic dry cleaning method, that is more sustainable and effective than existing systems, ensuring delicate articles can be cleaned without being harmed.

As an independent third-party laboratory, SGS will offer dry cleaning testing using the official GreenEarth solvent and the proprietary cleaning system to assess the appearance and dimensional stability of the garment. SGS will also offer a consultancy service to evaluate the suitability of this new dry cleaning process on garments and textile products, assuring that a garment remains presentable after being dry cleaned with this method.

The silicone dry cleaning agent offered by GreenEarth Cleaning LLC serves as an environmentally non-toxic alternative to the traditional dry cleaning solvent of perchloroethylene (also known as ‘perc’), that is commonly used in today’s dry cleaning industry. This silicone-based dry cleaning agent is a clear, odourless, hypoallergenic solvent used in a close-loop system that degrades into silica, trace amounts of water and carbon dioxide within days of disposal. This is a more sustainable option to the ‘perc’ solvent, which is listed in California as a chemical known to be carcinogenic and repro-toxic.

"The GreenEarth dry cleaning system is a great innovation that runs at the forefront of the textile industry to improve sustainability. As sustainability is a core ethos of SGS, we support this innovation and are very proud to be partnering with GreenEarth Cleaning to deliver value to the industry by promoting and offering this testing solution as an environmentally responsible alternative," said Mr. Spencer Yeung, Vice-President of SGS Global Softlines.

For more information about the dry cleaning test using the GreenEarth solvent, please contact your SGS sales representative or visit our technical publication Safeguards.

SGS Global Softlines has an extensive network of over 40 laboratories worldwide, with a strong team of committed professionals from multi-disciplinary backgrounds. Our internationally accredited state-of-the-art testing laboratories offer a comprehensive range of physical, chemical and functional testing services for components, materials and finished products. We help your company ensure quality, performance and compliance with international, industrial and regulatory standards worldwide. Discover more at SGS Softlines and Accessories.

For further information, please contact:

Kitty Zhang
Laboratory Manager
SGS China Softlines
198 Kezhu Road, Science Park,
Economic and Technological Development Zone,
Guangzhou, China
t: +86 20 8215 5601

About GreenEarth Cleaning LLC

Formed in 1999 by three dry cleaners seeking an alternative to perchloroethylene, GreenEarth is now the world's largest dry cleaning brand. Since the issuance of its initial baseline patent in the U.S., GreenEarth now holds more than 130 patents and patents pending in 44 countries along with numerous brand trademarks and copyrights. Its sustainable dry cleaning solution is offered through more than 6,000 doors of service and provides the highest degree of after care sustainability available in the dry cleaning industry.

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in terms of quality and integrity. With more than 80,000 employees, SGS manages a network of over 1,650 offices and laboratories around the world.

1 Baseline US Patent No. 5,942,007