Jim Torrey’s Dry Cleaning Challenge

Alert “06880” reader/frustrated dry cleaning customer Jim Torrey writes:

Several years ago I moved to Westport from Greenwich. I am very happy that I did. But I still have an office in Greenwich, so I am there with frequently.

When I first got to Westport I looked for a dry cleaning outlet, mostly to launder shirts. I like them folded, so they fit in a drawer.

A shirt from Jim Torrey’s dry cleaner.

I tried several, but all gave the shirts back to me with an abundance of plastic — in the collar, the shirt in a bag, everywhere.

I asked that my shirts be returned without any plastic; simply folded, perhaps with a paper band around them and wrapped in paper.

I could not get any place to agree. In fact, they wanted to charge me more for eliminating the plastic!

In Greenwich — where I continue to bring my shirts — I get a piece of paper inside the shirt, a paper band around the shirt to keep it folded, and brown paper wrapping around all the shirts. There is no plastic anywhere.

I would also welcome a dry cleaner eliminating the plastic bag that comes with hung pants and jackets. I can’t stand it. I am fairly certain that your readers don’t welcome all of that unnecessary plastic either.

What do you say, “06880” readers? Is there a dry cleaner in town who will do what Jim asks? How do you feel about all that plastic that comes with your cleaning? What are your Westport dry cleaning experiences? Click “Comments” to reply. 

22 responses to “Jim Torrey’s Dry Cleaning Challenge

  1. Sure hope ole’ Jimmy doesn’t pay much down in Greenwich for the shitty ironing job on the shirt.

  2. I welcome the plastic.

  3. Dry cleaning *casual* shirts? You’re killin’ me Smalls…

  4. Final Touch (behind Carvel) has a bin to return the wire hangers. I haven’t asked about the plastic, but now I will. Even on hangers, I remove the plastic – clothes need to breathe.

  5. Glad you started the conversation. Hope we can eliminate more plastic. Terrible ironing job on your shirt.

  6. Good idea! Where can we get this?

  7. Final Touch Cleaners. 1031 Post Road E. Westport.

    Return bin for metal hangers.
    If you tell them you don’t want your shirts wrapped in plastic, it goes in their computer system once and forever and there will be no more shirts with plastic wrapping at pick up.
    The same with the plastic collar support by the way.
    That way a lot of useless plastic packaging can be avoided.

  8. Classic First World Problem.

  9. Jim Torry thank you for bringing this up. I feel badly every time my I use dry cleaning services. I am all in favor of keeping it simple and more enivronmentally safe! I’ll inquire with my local dry cleaner about stepping up and offering this service.

  10. Thanks for bringing this up. It bothers me to throw out the plastic from shirts, pants, etc. Would love a greener solution.

  11. Great idea!👍👍
    Environmentally friendly and saves closet space!
    Please publish local dry cleaners who offer this

  12. Glad to hear Final Touch will honor your wishes. FWIW, Sanitary in Norwalk (near WF) uses cardboard collar supports. I recycle the plastic bags at Stop ‘n’ Shop, along with the ones the newspapers come in.

  13. My family owns a dry cleaner and figured I would give my 2 cents. I understand you want to be environment friendly but think of the reasons we are wrapping…covering your CLEAN clothes. You’ve just paid $5-100 to clean them and it snowing or rainy or the parking lot is dirty or there is grease on your garage floor don’t you want them protected from this? Trust me we don’t care for all the plastic either but it’s to protect your CLEAN garment. When you buy meat at the grocery store do you just throw the raw meat/chicken/fish in your cart? There are some dry cleaners that use eco friendly “plastic” we’ve tried it and well it rips before it gets out of the store. Maybe this will make sense and you won’t feel like we are against you. You are actually helping you …you really want to pick up your suit and suit for a wedding the day before and drop it cuz your tripped? At least if it’s wrapped it will be protected. FOOD FOR THOUGHT.
    Good luck on your search. 😊

    • Thank you Mr.Britton.My Family was Also in the dry cleaning and ldry business.I even shook sheets in the ldry to get life experiences my Dad insisted on.I still relish in the great stories and actions of the ldry workers.In the old days shirts and sheets were folded and wrapped in brown paper and brown tapeCleaning was in these waxy paper bags.Plastic came in for the very reasons you stated and customers all wanted shirts on hangers.Recycling is very easy .I reuse the plastic for traveling etc.If my Dad were alive today he would gladly hand the customer their garments without plastic and a smile.Places will give you folded shirts upon request.Again thanks for putting things in perspective.

  14. How stupid! Why don’t you worry about things that really matter in life!

  15. ALTHOUGH THEY ALSO WRAP EVERYTHING IN PLASTIC, THE MOST WONDERFUL DRY CLEANERS ARE THE SANITARY CLEANERS on the Post Road where Westport meets Norwalk on the north Side of the road. THEY MIGHT PROBABLY DO WHAT YOU WANT, BUT WITH A CAVEAT THAT YOU’D HAVE TO SIGN TO NOT RETURN THEM IF YOU DROP THEM OR WHATEVER.

    MY COMPLAINTS ARE ABOUT FOOD THAT IS PACKAGED IN THOSE DASTARDLY, HARD PLASTIC CONTAINERS THAT WILL PUT YOU IIN THE EMERGENCY ROOM IF YOU TRY AND OPEN THEM WITHOU A PLIERS.

  16. Dean Cleaners next to Whole Foods in Westport gives customers reusable cloth bags in lieu of placing the cleaned clothes in plastic, if you so desire. They also recycle the wire shirts and pants hangers. I have not received any plastic with my dry cleaning/laundering since I switched to Dean Cleaners. The owner and staff are super nice and they do a great job.

  17. I am currently using garment bags for several customers. And any dry cleaner who cant figure out how to fold shirts without plastic or cardboard shouldn’t be in the business.

    David Mandel
    New Canaan Cleaners Owner and operator

  18. We also use the great folks at Dean Cleaners. They put clean shirts and clothing in reusable bags that not only get rid of plastic, they are easy receptacles for dirty laundry to be returned. And no garbage floating around the house. Yet I am always surprised how few people use them…..

  19. I use the plastic bags as garment bags to cover the clothing that I hang in my closet. Keeps them clean and dust-free.

  20. Fabricare have the fab bag! It’s a great solution for those who are environmentally conscious.

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