I approached my local dry cleaner with trepidation, worried based on some of the previous reviews that he might not want to deal with this bag. As it turned out, he was happy to oblige. This bag saves not just the plastic bags but also the paper shoulder-covers that normally go under them. If your dry cleaner doesn't want to use this bag, switch to another dry cleaner.
Our dry cleaner is happy to work with these reusable garment bags! I bought 2 so I can keep one at home while one is at the cleaner. However, I don't put the dirty clothes in the bag - why do I want to store dirty clothes in there when the bag won't be washed before the clean clothes are put in? So I just wrap the bag, burrito style, around dirty clothes when I take them in. Also, not a fan of the side zipper, but unsure how this could be improved. So glad to not be tossing all that plastic any more!
the side zipper makes it a litte more work to get clothes into the garment bags
This is a well construced bag and I will use it for storage and to keep an extra change of clothes clean when I carry it. However none of the local cleaners--including the "green" ones will process our dry cleaning without returning it in the plastic bags, it is just too labor intensive for them to track and use my reuseable bag. On the other hand two of them did say that I could return the plastic bag for re-use, so I am more careful when I remove the plastic bags. So thanks for getting me to ask about those plastic bags in the first place. Again I will get use from this bag, just not the one I had planned.