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Margaret's Cleaners to Offer ZeroCarbon™ Wedding Gown Preservation Services

San Diego, California — May 10, 2010 — Margaret's Cleaners is a proud member of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists (AWGS), an international organization of dry cleaners who specialize in gown cleaning, restoration, and preservation. AWGS has recently partnered with Carbonfund.org to offer a new standard for gown preservation. Carbon emissions generated at each stage of the preservation process from the bride's trip to and from the Association member's store...to the cleaning procedure...to the archival (preservation) box manufacturer, will be offset with donations to Carbonfund.org, the leading nonprofit carbon offset and climate solutions organization. Labels imprinted with "ZeroCarbon," a Carbonfund.org trademark, will appear on preservations from Association members, and donations will fund reforestation projects worldwide.

Eric Carlson, Carbonfund.org president, said, "We are very pleased the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists has decided to increase their commitment to the environment. Their decision helps continue to spread the message that global warming affects all of us, and we can all be part of the solution by reducing and offsetting our carbon footprint. The ZeroCarbon™ wedding gown preservations are an important and innovative way for any bride to protect her gown while helping the environment and supporting the highest quality carbon reduction projects in the world."

Donations to Carbonfund.org support global renewable energy, energy efficiency, and reforestation projects that reduce carbon dioxide emissions. All Carbonfund.org projects are independently verified to the highest certification standards. The nonprofit organization provides individual and business offsetting options. Brides who are interested in calculating the entire wedding's carbon footprint can find a carbon calculator at www.carbonfund.org/weddings or at WeddingWire.com, a wedding planning website that has integrated Carbonfund.org's carbon calculator.

In addition to partnering with Carbonfund.org by being a member of AWGS, Margaret's Cleaners works daily to reduce carbon emissions by using the best and most environmentally-friendly cleaning available, including GreenEarth cleaning. An on-site consultant is dedicated to monitoring employee safety and environmental regulations. Our employees and customers are encouraged to recycle hangars and other materials.

About Margaret's Cleaners — Margaret's Cleaners is Southern California's only 5 Star Certified Couture Cleaner. The Horst family of seven manages Margaret's day-to-day operations and includes third and fourth generation family members with over 140 years of combined cleaning experience. Wedding gown services include Complimentary Webcam Consultation, Nationwide Courier Service, Couture Alterations, Cleaning, Pressing, Complimentary Site Delivery, Gown Restoration, Climate Controlled Storage to protect gowns before and after the wedding, and Museum-Quality Gown Preservation with an International/Lifetime warranty. Visit www.margarets.com for more information.

About Carbonfund.org — Carbonfund.org is the country's leading nonprofit climate solutions organization, making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses, and organizations to reduce their climate impact. Carbonfund.org supports education, reduction and offset projects, and outreach activities to reduce our reliance on foreign energy sources. Carbonfund.org has over 400,000 individual supporters and works with over 1,000 corporate and nonprofit partners including Volkswagen, Motorola, JetBlue, Hyundai, and Staples. Visit www.Carbonfund.org. for more information.