Designed With The Environment In Mind
Being green is at the core of Solvair's design. When Solvair was created, they decided that choosing safe and eco-friendly alternatives to traditional drycleaning solvents should only be the start. Solvair doesn't just substitute a solvent or a machine, it rethinks the entire process. Each step in the system has been designed with the environment in mind.
Solvair agrees with the "cradle to cradle" philosophy in product design that encourages as close to zero impact as possible. While this goal can be very challenging, Solvair is dedicated to exploring formulations and processes that will further improve our products from both a cleaning performance and an environmental perspective.
Using a Safe Biodegradable Cleaning Detergent Solvair uses a highly effective biodegradable cleaning liquid to remove stains and dirt. The ingredients of the cleaning liquid are in green cleaning, other household, baby and food additive products that you may already use. While the cleaning liquid is biodegradable and its ingredients have a history of use, Solvair has been purposely designed to prevent worker and consumer exposure to cleaning liquid, to maximize the recycling and reuse of cleaning liquid and to eliminate emissions of Solvair liquid into the environment.
Does Not Add to Greenhouse Gases or Smog Formation - The Solvair Cleaning System does not create new carbon dioxide. The CO2 used in Solvair has been reclaimed from other emission sources. This means that instead of being emitted by the original source, we capture it and put it to use in the Solvair process. This reclaimed CO2 is then purified and re-used multiple times by Solvair.
Maximizes Recycling - Solvair machines have built-in systems to purify and reuse the cleaning liquid, the CO2 and the water used by the process. No waste-water is created. In addition, Solvair supplies are delivered in recyclable containers designed to prevent cleaning liquid emissions. Used supply containers are later repurposed as containers for waste. Solvair's use of cleaning supplies is half that of conventional methods of cleaning.
Minimizes Waste And Energy Use - Solvair is energy efficient and its waste rates are half that of conventional cleaning. Materials that cannot be recycled by the system are professionally removed and recycled as much as is practical. The remaining material may be used for other purposes, such as a beneficial fuels.
For more detailed environmental and technical information please contact Solvair.
How the Process Works:
Start: Clothes Placed In The Machine - Home washing and other drycleaning methods require clothing to be separated into several different categories such as weight and color. Solvair, however, has been designed so that many items usually separated, like heavy coats and light-weight silks or colored and white garments, can be cleaned together.
Cleaning: Environmentally Friendly Cleaning Liquid - Solvair uses an environmentally friendly, biodegradable cleaning liquid to remove stains and dirt, conceptually similar to water and detergent in home laundry. This cleaning liquid is drained then later purified and reused by the system.
Drying: Pressurization - Once the garments have been cleaned they are damp and need to be dried. A major benefit of the process is that drying is performed without heat. Solvair uses liquid carbon dioxide (CO2) for drying. Under pressure, CO2 becomes a liquid and is used to rinse the cleaning liquid from the garments.
Drying: CO2 Rinses - The Solvair machine is pressurized and liquid CO2 is brought into the cleaning wheel. This is the same kind of CO2 that gives carbonated beverages their bubbles. The Solvair Cleaning System does not create new CO2. The CO2 used in Solvair has been reclaimed from other emission sources. The cleaning liquid is attracted to the liquid CO2 . This allows multiple cool liquid CO2 rinse and drain cycles to be used to thoroughly remove cleaning liquid from the clothes. Because the machine is filled with this cool liquid and vapor during drying instead of heated air, the process is very gentle and the final rinse is always 100% Pure CO2 … just like the Traditional CO2 cleaning process.
Drying: Depressurizing - At the end of the drying cycle, the pressure in the machine is reduced until the CO2 converts from a liquid to a gas, completely and instantly drying garments.
Clothes Are Clean And Dry - Clothes are clean, bright and odor free. This is a far more effective and energy efficient method of drying than using heat. Garments dry completely and simultaneously, regardless of weight. This means that a heavy coat and a silk blouse will dry at the exact same time.
This revolutionary green process is environmentally friendly, good for clothes and provides the most effective cleaning available.