the (often white) patrihierarchy of ambition and exploitation

Dry cleaning is a product of what we are calling überculture, and though Nietzsche might have been more optimistic about enlightenment when he first used the adjective (in übermensch) all those years ago, we see it differently, at least, we can leverage the world’s misunderstanding of liberation.

Yes, sometimes we do have a choice, and maybe now is one of those times.

Having already said no to detergents and fabric softeners, which are all highly toxic as we’ve already seen, the latter containing as many as 133 volatile organic compounds, if you haven’t already, say no to dry cleaning.

Think of it like this.

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has designated perchloroethylene (one dry cleaning agent) as a "potential occupational carcinogen." The National Toxicology Program has designated it as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen." The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has designated it as a "probable human carcinogen.

"Potential, reasonably anticipated, probable." Not convinced? Read below.

Effects resulting from acute (short term) high-level inhalation exposure of humans to "perc" (and another called tetrachloroethylene) include “...irritation of the upper respiratory tract and eyes, kidney dysfunction, and neurological effects such as reversible mood and behavioral changes, impairment of coordination, dizziness, headache, sleepiness, and unconsciousness. The primary effects from chronic (long term) inhalation exposure are neurological, including impaired cognitive and motor neurobehavioral performance. Tetrachloroethylene exposure may also cause adverse effects in the kidney, liver, immune system and hematologic system, and on development and reproduction. Studies of people exposed in the workplace have found associations with several types of cancer including bladder cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma. EPA has classified tetrachloroethylene as likely to be carcinogenic to humans."

The question to ask yourself is, do I really need to be draping myself or my windows with something so toxic, and which is so deadly to those who work with it on a daily basis, and to the earth, and my children and my lovely, lovely body.

Also, another way to think about. In the case of the suit and tie, in his Europe, a history (1996), scholar Norman Davies' estimates that more than 8,000,000 people died in the Thirty Year's War, what is one of Europe's most destructive wars. How could we expect anything good to come out of an ideology that has roots in 1600s Croatian mercenary fashion (and that requires the worst fossil fuel based chemicals to clean)? Did we really think, that a bunch of men still dressed in a costume with such destructive roots and energy requirements to maintain would lead us down the right path? And then save us when we finally figured it out?

Can you trust anyone wearing a suit and tie?

Say no to,



We sincerely apologize for any similarities the word "über" in "überculture" might share with any other uses of the word "uber" by any persons or entities or businesses. "Über" is translated as "above" or "over" and therefore "überculture" refers to a system in which political and economic power is being increasingly concentrated into fewer predatory (often white male) private and corporate hands who/which often appear to be above or beyond liability and/or accountability, leaving much of the "below" or "under" of the human and animal kingdom to suffer as a result, especially more vulnerable species, races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, nationalities etc. One can find a similar meaning in the word or concept of "omniculture" and various applications of the prefix "omni-"