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Green Living Tips to Help you Survive the Winter

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to get back on track, apply your New Year’s resolutions and enjoy the winter.  As the eco-friendly Kitsilano dry cleaners we would like to offer the following green living tips that will allow you to enjoy the winter and still reduce your energy consumption and your carbon footprint.

Clear the Air

If you find the winter air drier than usual or are looking at improving the quality of air that you breathe in your home, indoor plants may be the answer to both of these conundrums.  These plants will not only brighten up your surroundings, they will also trap heat in your home and release moisture back into the air as well as purify and clean the air.  Start 2019 right and put plants in your kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom.

Another answer to cleaner air is a humidifier.  It will keep the air in your home from getting too dry.

Here’s the Deal:

A diffuser can double as a humidifier and it will also fill your home with uplifting scents.

Go Seasonal

Many of your favourite vegetable and fruits can come from as far away as South America during the winter months.  The shipping and carbon footprint of these products is huge. Try to combat this and make an effort to enjoy and purchase seasonal produce and fruit.  Try to prepare meals with local ingredients.  Not only will you be enjoying a fresher meal, chances are it will be far higher in nutrition as well.

Change your Bulbs

The days are shorter in the winter; therefore, you will be turning your lights on more.  Use LED or other energy efficient lights to save money on your next utility bill.  Not only will you enjoy the cost savings provided by LED lights, you will also reduce your energy consumption and shrink your carbon footprint.

Pool It

Vancouver offers great public transit.  If at all possible, try to incorporate transit into your daily schedule and reduce your carbon footprint.  Sometimes public transit is not an option.  If this is the case, think about carpooling with work colleagues or friends.  Not only is this a more energy efficient approach, it may also offer perks such as HOV lanes and other time saving measures.

As a local eco-friendly business, we support all green initiatives and are proud to offer free pick-up and delivery service for your cleaning needs.  This service will not only free up time for you, it will also cut down on your fuel consumption and reduce your overall carbon footprint.

If you are interested in other ways to go green this winter or would like more information about our free pick-up and delivery service or some of the other eco-friendly cleaning options that we provide, please contact us today.  We look forward to working with you soon.



Going Green this New Year – Part 2

Do you want to be a part of a growing movement and positive change?  A green start to your new year is a great way to change your lifestyle, do your part for the environment and make a statement.  As Kitsilano’s premier eco-friendly dry cleaners we would like to suggest the following ways that you can achieve this green goal.

Make the Switch

Take a moment and look at all of your cleaning products, soaps, shampoos and even your toothpaste.  Chances are many of these products contain harsh chemicals that are not only harming the environment, they are also harming you and affecting your overall health.

When you are replacing any of these products, make sure to look for environmentally friendly items that will not affect your health.  Many of these products are the same price, so making the switch will not even cost you more.

The next time you are shopping take the extra time to look at the ingredient list. Some of the more harmful chemicals that you will want to avoid include:

  • Phthalates – often listed as fragrance and frequently found in hand and laundry soap and air fresheners. Try to use fragrance free or all-natural fragrances.
  • 2-butoxyethanol – often found in window, kitchen and multi-purpose cleaners. Is linked to kidney and liver damage. Try using diluted vinegar or Bon Ami products with natural cleansers.
  • Sodium Laurel Sulphate – found in different toothpastes. Has been tested as a pesticide but denied because of environmental damage. Use natural or sulphate free toothpaste.

Here’s the Deal:

At West Boulevard Cleaners, we understand the dangers of common household chemicals and instead of using PERC (tetrachloroethylene – which has been linked to cancer) to clean your clothes, we use an high tech eco-friendly product that will not harm you, your family or the environment.  We use very special cleaning products formulated to commercially clean your garments with water, better and more safely with water than with harmful chemicals.

We Recommend

For household uses such as washing your hands we recommend a mild liquid soap without phosphates. You can also use it for washing dishes when washing by hand. 17 states in the USA have banned phosphates from dishwasher detergents because they pollute lakes, bays and streams. They create algae blooms and starve fish of oxygen.

Lower your Emissions

One of the major contributors to climate change is greenhouse gases.  You can reduce your global footprint and reduce your emissions by driving less.  There are many ways that you can accomplish this goal.

  • Walk or cycle to the grocery store if it is near your home.
  • Use public transportation to commute to work.
  • Use carpooling when commuting.
  • Switch to an electric car to reduce your emissions to zero.

At West Boulevard Cleaners, we offer a free pick-up and delivery service for all your cleaning needs.  Not only will this save you a car trip or two, it will free up some extra time in your day.  Let us help you reduce your carbon footprint and clear your schedule.

A greener approach to your life is a positive change and a great New Year’s goal.  By replacing harmful chemicals in your house, you will not only be helping the environment, you will also be making a switch to a healthier lifestyle for you and your family.  Stop by or contact us today and see how our eco-friendly services can help you achieve your green New Year’s goals.  We look forward to seeing you soon.


Going Green this New Year – Part 1

There has never been a better time to go green, so why not start fresh this New Year and make it a part of your resolutions?  A greener approach to your overall life is not only a switch that will benefit the environment, it will also lead to a healthier life for you and believe it or not, may even save you money in the long run.  As the premier eco-friendly Kitsilano dry cleaners, we would like to offer you the following ways that you can lead a greener and healthier lifestyle.

Bundle Up

Turn down your thermostat.  This statement holds even more importance this year because of the gas shortage in B.C.  By turning down your thermostat a few degrees, you will not only be reducing your carbon footprint you will also save money.  Some other great energy saving tips that are simple and can be used in your day to day life include:

  • Turn your hot water tank down a few degrees. Again, you will hardly notice any temperature change and you will save money and reduce your gas consumption.
  • Get a smart thermostat. This will allow you to program when you use and don’t use heat.  You may also be able to get a tax rebate on this energy efficient piece of technology.
  • Take a shorter shower. Try to shorten your shower by even a few minutes to save money and energy.
  • If you are cold, bundle up. Find your favourite sweater and put it on or use a throw and snuggle up on the couch with a hot drink.

Fill It Up

Another great way to reduce your reliance on plastic is to invest in a water bottle for drinking.  Many major cities have outlawed one time plastic water bottles and invested in tier drinking water.  Luckily, Vancouver has excellent drinking water (far healthier and cleaner than the water you will find in plastic bottles).  The next time you are thirsty, fill up your water bottle and keep a plastic bottle out of the landfill or the ocean.

Be Choosy

As a consumer, you have a huge impact on driving and steering the business market wherever you want.  Make sure that you support and purchase from environmentally friendly vendors and businesses that also believe in green practices.

We at West Boulevard Cleaners only use eco-friendly cleaning products.  We feel that this choice will not only keep you and your family safe from the chemicals found in traditional cleaning solvents, but this approach will also keep our beautiful city and province green for future generations to enjoy.  It is a choice that we believe in and stand by.

Go green this New Year – it requires very little effort and a greener approach to your lifestyle will only impact you in positive ways.  We all love Vancouver because of its natural beauty, so why not try to keep it that way for future generations?  If you would like more ways to go green or would like to know more about our eco-friendly dry cleaning services, our friendly staff would love to talk to you.


Celebrating the Holidays Vancouver Style – Part 1

The magical holiday season is upon us once again.  That special time of year when you get together with friends and family for good times and good cheer.  Vancouver has so many different holiday venues that it may be difficult to fit them all into your already busy schedule.  As the premier drycleaners in Kitsilano, we would like to offer these can’t miss festive events that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Vancouver Christmas Market

Although there are many different Christmas markets to choose from in Vancouver, the largest is the Vancouver Christmas Market.  This popular market is located at Jack Poole Plaza outside the Vancouver Convention Centre and runs from November 23 until December 24.  The Christmas Market is divided up into four zones to make it easier to find what you are looking for.

The zones are:

  • Christmas Tree Terrace – this zone is home to the information desk and first aid. Also located in this zone is the carousel and a giant Christmas tree that you can go inside.
  • Artisan Market – here you will find vendors selling a wide range of hand-crafted goods such as glasswork, distilled liquors and handmade chocolates.
  • Merchant Alley – the vendors in this section of the market offer imported, one-of-a-kind gifts such as beer steins or handmade soaps from Turkey.
  • Marktplaz Eats and Treats – this is your one-stop shop for all of your Christmas favourites as well as some more traditional and exotic Christmas food from around the world.

The Vancouver Christmas Market is a can’t miss event and a great place to get a head start on all of your holiday shopping.  For more information on the market, its hours and cost of admission, please visit:

St. Paul Lights of Hope Celebration

The St. Paul Lights of Hope Celebration has been a Vancouver landmark since 1998.  This annual event is made possible by over 150 volunteers who set up over 100 000 lights and illuminated donor stars.  This celebration is a fundraiser for the hospital and last year raised over 3 million dollars.

Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

The Vancouver Santa Claus Parade is an annual event that attracts over 300,000 people and has over 2,500 participants.  Arrive early to get a great seat and ring in the holidays at this year’s Vancouver Santa Claus Parade.  For more information about the parade route and start time, please visit:

Festival of Lights at VanDusen Gardens

This popular attraction brings the VanDusen Botanical Gardens to life and is Vancouver’s longest running winter holiday attraction. With over 1 million lights spread over 15 hectares of garden, this light show is sure to entertain.  Make sure to carve some time out of your schedule for this amazing light show.  For more information, admission costs and some of the highlights of the light show, please visit:

These are just a few of the can’t miss holiday attractions in Vancouver.  We offer a free pick-up and delivery service for all your cleaning needs, so if you can’t fit anything else into your busy schedule, let us help.  We would love to be a part of your holiday cheer.

Happy Holidays from West Boulevard Cleaners.

Getting Your Wardrobe Fall Ready

After another epic Vancouver summer, the beginnings of the fall season are in the air. Shorter days, colourful leaves and yes the infamous Vancouver rain are all signs that it is time to put away your shorts and break out that fall wardrobe. As the premier Kitsilano eco-friendly dry cleaners, here are our recommendations and picks for some must have Fall attire.


There are always those classic fall clothes that no matter what the season or the year, they never go out of style. Comfy and warm favourites such as sweaters or hoodies are sure winners on those chilly fall days.

If you live in Vancouver another must have for the fall season is a good rain jacket. As we get into the late stages of fall, you will really appreciate staying dry as you get out and enjoy the beautiful sites of the city in all their fall splendor.

Some of this years’ hot fall wardrobe choices include:

  • Vests that can act as a layer allowing you to dress for the ever changing fall temperatures.
  • Flared jeans that can accommodate some rain boots or warm weather boots.
  • Sweater dresses that give you the best of both worlds, allowing you to stay warm and comfortable while still being trendy.
  • Wide brimmed or fedora type hats that will keep you warm and keep the rain away. Try to match your hat colour to that of your lipstick.


What would any fall wardrobe be without accessories? The hottest accessory for Fall 2018 is the wrap. A wrap is the ultimate in versatility and layering. Maybe look for a mid-weight fringed pattern. This will be fashionable this fall.

Fringe seems to be all the rage this fall. It can transform any outfit and give it that extra flair. Regardless of whether you are thinking about boots, purses or vests, you can’t go wrong with fringe.

A good pair of boots is another essential fall item. This year’s hottest boot is a versatile over the knee boot that will balance any layered fall look.

Caring for your Fall Wardrobe

Many of your fall wardrobe items need to be properly maintained to keep them looking and feeling new. Delicate items such as fringe need to be professionally cleaned to prevent staining or damage. We offer eco-friendly cleaning for all your delicate fabrics. All of our cleaning methods are free of toxic chemicals and do not harm the environment. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will ensure that your fall wardrobe remains looking like new for many falls to come.

Our seasonal picks and recommendations will have you looking trendy and fashionable this fall. So make sure to get out and enjoy this special season in Vancouver. If you have any questions about our cleaning methods or would like to schedule a drop off, please contact us today.

Preserving and Cleaning Your Wedding Dress

The summer wedding season is now in full effect. The many spectacular backdrops in and around Vancouver make for wonderful wedding memories. After the big day, it is so important to get your wedding dress professionally cleaned so that it can be preserved and cherished.

As the premier eco-friendly professional cleaners in Vancouver, we would like to offer the following advice on how to preserve and clean your wedding dress.

Initial Inspection and Discussion

We know how much your wedding dress means to you and what it symbolizes. That is why we treat each of your customers as individuals and have an in-depth discussion to explain each cleaning step in detail. We also do a detailed inspection of each dress to make sure that any stained area or area of discoloration is given extra care.

Here’s the Deal:

By paying attention to detail, we cannot only provide full customer satisfaction, but we can also keep your wedding dress in pristine condition for generations to come.

The Eco-Friendly Difference

Our eco-friendly cleaning approach is guaranteed to leave no chemical residue on your dress. Instead of harmful chemicals such as PERC, we use a specially designed wet cleaning program that is gentle enough to ensure that even the most delicate of beading or lace will not be damaged. Our cleaning method is:

  • Environmentally friendly and fully biodegradable.
  • Chemical and solvent free.
  • Guaranteed to leave your clothes brighter, softer, fresher and free of all chemical smells.

Packaging and Boxing

Once your wedding dress has been thoroughly cleaned, we also ensure that it is properly packaged to keep it looking like new for years to come. We package all our wedding dresses in an acid-free paper to prevent yellowing and to help maintain your dress’s original colour.

Let Us Help You

We know how busy things can get after a wedding, with a honeymoon to plan and the beginning of a new chapter in life can leave little time for trivial matters such as picking up your wedding dress. This is why we offer a free pick-up and delivery service.

We suggest that you book an initial consultation with us to discuss the entire cleaning and preservation process and to identify any problem areas or stains that are on your wedding dress. We will provide you with a timeline and call you for a final inspection or let us drop of your freshly cleaned wedding dress at your front door. Regardless of your decision you will be pleased with the final product.

We know that your wedding dress is symbolic of perhaps the most important day of your life. We treat every wedding dress with the special care it deserves and will maintain and preserve the beauty and essence of your dress.

Our professional, friendly and knowledgeable staff can answer all your questions and ensure that your dress is attended to the way you want. Our eco-friendly cleaning approach will leave your dress looking pristine so that you can keep it as a treasured keepsake.

Vancouver – Canada’s Greenest City

We are lucky to call Vancouver home. This magnificent city boasts an unparalleled geographical backdrop ringed by mountains and is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. Vancouver also attracts a multicultural population, which offers a host of international cuisines and unique cultural neighbourhoods. The city is also Canada’s greenest city and continues to make great strides in this area.

As the premier eco-friendly professional cleaners in Vancouver, we are proud to be a part of this green movement and would like to offer this brief overview as to why Vancouver’s green movement makes it the most sought after Canadian city to call home.

Vancouver’s Green Action Plan

The Greenest City Action Plan (GCAP) is Vancouver’s sustainability initiative to make the city the greenest city in the World by 2020. This plan focuses on 3 primary topics:

  • Reduction of carbon.
  • Reduce overall landfill waste with a goal of 0 waste.
  • Increase and diversify various ecosystems within the city.

Currently, the city feels that it has hit about 80% of the targets that they have set to achieve. Some of the highlights of the targets that have been met include:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 7% within the city which is an 18% decrease since 2007 (
  • Newly constructed buildings in the city use 50% less energy than those built in other parts of the province. (
  • 76% of the waste created by the construction of new buildings and the demolition of old ones is recycled. This goal however is still a ways away from the 0 waste goal set by the city.

The city continues to win awards for its bold environmental initiatives and is currently seen as the third greenest city in the world behind Copenhagen and Stockholm.

The Vancouver Lifestyle

The Vancouver lifestyle goes hand in hand with this green initiative and approach. Many of the city’s residents enjoy nature’s playground that can be found throughout the city. From skiing to watersports and hiking, Vancouver has it all.

Arts and culture aficionados enjoy the countless festivals that have become an iconic part of Vancouver’s cultural scene and include:

  • Vancouver International Film Festival.
  • Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
  • Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

Vancouver is also home to internationally recognized cuisine and offers a wide selection of fresh, organic food choices that goes hand in hand with the green image of Vancouver. One trip to Granville Island will show you why Vancouver’s lifestyle is a sought after one.

Our Part

As part of the Vancouver business community as well as a resident of this beautiful city, we offer a quality, sustainable product that is environmentally friendly. Our eco-friendly professional cleaning services are an excellent alternative to traditional dry cleaning and will keep all your clothes looking like new and free of dangerous chemicals and solvents. So, the next time you are looking for a friendly, professional cleaning service drop into either our Kerrisdale or Kitsilano locations, and be a part of Vancouver’s green future. I hope to see you soon.

Khatsalano Festival 2018

Kitsilano is one of the most sought after neighbourhoods in Vancouver. Part of the draw is that it is trendy and offers a large variety of shops, restaurants, services and events. One of the most popular events in the neighbourhood is Khatsalano, Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival. As the premier eco -friendly professional cleaners in Kitsilano, we would like to offer you a brief overview of this popular event and its history.

About Khatsalano

Khatsalano is Vancouver’s largest free music and arts festival and the place to be this July. This multi- stage event is headlined by more than 50 of Vancouver’s top musical performers as well as a host of local artisans and street performers. Khatsalano 2018 is a 10 block affair that spans from Burrard Street to MacDonald Street.

In addition to live entertainment, Khatsalano 2018 boasts a wide variety of food options, bustling patios, special activities and even a licensed beer garden. Khatsalano is a family friendly event and is a great way to spend a wonderful day in the city. Make sure to circle your calendar for July 7 and enjoy all that Khastalano 2018 has to offer.

A Brief History of the Festival

Khatsalano was started in 2011 and is enjoying its 7th year. The original festival was organized with Woodstock in mind and was tied to the Woodstock’s 40th anniversary.

Khatsalano’s name pays tribute to the First Nation’s that inhabited the area for over 1000 years and more specifically to Chief August Jack Khatsalano who was a Squamish medicine man that was instrumental in recording First Nation history and culture.

The festival’s main focus is to convey and preserve the true essence of West 4th Avenue – a laid back yet creative atmosphere that continues to offer a free-spirited lifestyle.

Highlights and Headliners

Every year the headliners and various musical attractions grow. This year the main musical headliners include:

  • Bif Naked – Has released over 10 albums and has enjoyed international success as well as a gold and platinum selling record. Her distinct sound and advocacy has allowed Bif to enjoy a wide range of success and is a must see at the festival.
  • Frazey Ford – If you like soul music, then Frazey Ford is the headliner you will want to see. Make sure to take in the passion and unique sound that Frazey brings to the stage.
  • Slow – One of the most influential punk bands in Canada, Slow brings a brand of rock n roll to the stage that is infectious to say the least. Come see the band that brought Expo 86 to its knees and is considered a Canadian icon.
  • Malcolm Jack – A folk artist of cosmic proportions, Malcolm Jack brings a one of a kind sound to his storytelling and lyrics. Make sure to see Malcolm Jack and hear music from his upcoming album at Khatsalano 2018.

This is just a small selection of some of the bigger stages at the festival. You will want to look your best for this exciting event so make sure to bring your festival clothes in for an eco-friendly professional cleaning. We are proud to be a part of the Kitsilano neighbourhood and all that it embodies and would love to help you look your best for Khatsalano 2018.

Cut Down on Fashion Waste: Alterations

Every year, millions of garments are discarded in our landfills. Unfortunately, many of these garments are far from worn out, but in a consumer society, many of us see clothes as disposable. As Vancouver’s premier eco-friendly professional cleaners, we would like to offer you a different approach for your garments; an approach that your wallet and our planet will thank you for – alterations and repairs.

Quality Over Quantity

Yes, fashions come and go, but classics are forever. When it comes to choosing your clothes, it may be a better long-term investment to choose quality over quantity, especially when it comes to classics such as white dress shirts, sports jackets or black cocktail dresses. In our opinion, quality clothing lasts longer, fits better and has straighter seams. Instead of replacing classics year after year, consider shopping for a superior cut.
You can always make alterations to a quality classic so that it fits you the way you want. This is a far more economical and eco-friendly approach to constantly replacing your clothes. Feel free to bring in your favourite garment and see the difference a custom fit and custom alteration can do for you.

Repair Instead of Replace

Unfortunately even the best quality clothes can get damaged. Instead of throwing out your garments, consider repairing them. Most clothes can be mended and seams can be resewn. Mending can breathe new life into old garments, but it can also add a new flair to your clothing by adding a customizable approach to your clothes.
Easy fixes that should be mended or repaired include:

  • Missing buttons off your favourite dress shirt or blouse.
  • A run in your merino wool sweater.
  • A split seam or an unraveling seam.

You do not need to learn to sew or mend your clothes to keep them in top shape. We offer unparalleled mending and repair services that are guaranteed to add life to any damaged garment.

Go Green

Repairing and altering your clothes is part of a larger movement. Living in one of the most spectacular places on earth, it is easy to see why an eco-friendlier lifestyle is desirable and something to strive for. As part of the business community for over 19 years, we couldn’t agree more. We provide an eco-friendly cleaning service that will extend the length of your clothing and keep it looking new and out of the landfill for years to come.
Vancouver is a busy city and time is an important commodity. To free up your precious time and accommodate your schedule, we are proud to offer a free pick-up and delivery service for your cleaning, repair and alteration needs. Contact us today and see how you can take advantage of this service or bring in your damaged clothes that need custom altering. We look forward to seeing you soon.

3 Ways to Make Your Wedding Greener

Everyone knows that spring is the beginning of another wedding season. The gorgeous cherry blossoms, the stunning backdrop of the mountains and the spectacular ocean make Vancouver the perfect place to tie the knot. As the premier eco-friendly professional cleaners in Vancouver we would like to offer these tips on how you can make your wedding an eco-friendly event and still throw the party of a lifetime.

  1. Choose a Sustainable Venue and Menu
  2. One of the best ways you can ensure a greener wedding is by choosing a venue that aligns with your values. Outdoor venues are wonderful places for a wedding because there are very few resources required. No matter where you decide to get married, try to incorporate as many eco-friendly elements as possible.

    Another place where you can make a sustainable choice is in your food menu. This is especially true if you will be serving seafood or fish. Take the time to see what products are on the ocean wise menu and talk to your caterer or the venue to see what environmental practices they employ.

  3. Go Vintage
  4. Vintage wedding dresses are quickly gaining popularity in the wedding scene and can provide quite a statement. Perhaps you are thinking about wearing a dress that is a family heirloom or you want to make a statement and not buy new.

    Regardless of your reasons, if you do decide on a vintage wedding dress, let us ensure that it is clean and ready for the big day. Our eco-friendly cleaning services are in line with the sustainable wedding choices and we will treat this precious garment with the special care that it deserves. Bring it in and talk with one of our cleaning professionals in person.

  5. Support Eco-Friendly Businesses
  6. Any wedding is a big event with many moving parts. From caterers to photographers to calligraphers, there are a lot of businesses that you will be dealing with as the big day draws nearer. Here is your opportunity to find businesses that reflect your values and offer sustainable choices or products. Some green ideas include:

    • Get all of your wedding invitations printed on recycled paper.
    • Make sure that your wedding favours are sustainable such as free trade tea, coffee or chocolate.
    • Ensure that all of your gifts on your registry are sourced from sustainable eco-friendly companies.

In 2018, the sustainable business choices are endless.

Let Us Help

At West Boulevard Cleaners, we also place an importance on eco-friendly choices and fully understand and support sustainable lifestyle choices. We understand how busy and involved you will be in your wedding decisions. We will do our very best to help your big day be a highlight in your life.

Stop by today with your dress, and see how our eco-friendly cleaning services can get your wedding dress ready for the big day and keep this treasured keepsake pristine for years to come.