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A laundromat could be considered a microcosm of humanity, where people from different backgrounds and walks of life bond over a shared need — clean clothes. Kelly Foster of Amherst, who was loading a basket of clothes into a washing machine at Amherst Eco Laundry on Tuesday, started coming here to do laundry when her family of four made way for her father-in-law to move in with them.
They traded their laundry facilities for a handicap-accessible bathroom, so their washer and dryer are in limbo, for now.
Foster has two teenage sons and a husband, David, who works as an Amherst police officer. At one point last week, she said, she had 25 lo running here simultaneously. As the name indicates, the laundromat aims to provide an environmentally friendly approach to laundry and dry cleaning. The business — located on College Street — offers onsite and drop-off service for laundry as well as chemical-free dry cleaning services, and only uses detergents that are biodegradable and environmentally friendly, said SiriNam Khalsa, who co-owns the business with his wife, Kirn.
Khalsa said they decided to bring an environmental approach to their business based on personal beliefs, which align with Sikh religious practices. Things are changing and every little bit helps. You can use these wool balls. When people drop off their laundry, this is what we use exclusively. And it takes out the static and also helps with the wrinkles in sheets. The customers who come here are varied — from college students to people on a fixed income; as well as men and women of different ages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds.
Szyman Plebaniak, a year-old economics student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, said he visits on a regular basis to wash his clothes. Both Plebaniak and Jonah Glickman, who is also a year-old UMass student studying economics, say that bringing their laundry to Amherst Eco Laundry is both affordable and practical for them as college students.
Fisher said her dryer broke, and she and her husband are unsure if they will be buying a replacement. I grew up with clotheslines and a ringer machine. Roger Hughes, 45 of Belchertown, who moved to Massachusetts from Florida in June, said he lives with his wife and daughter and regularly does their laundry at Amherst Eco Laundry. Khalsa has been in education for the past 30 years as a teacher and an instructional coach for middle school teachers in the Springfield Public Schools. In addition to renovating the space — ceilings, floors, the bathroom, installing butcher block-topped tables — Khalsa said that one of the first changes he made was replacing some of the older washer units with energy-efficient models that use less water.
We put in a detergent machine. Nor did he want to be dependent on someone else to service the equipment. For the future, Khalsa also plans on Chatty at the laundrymat the remaining washers, replacing them with modern units. He also continues to hone his folding skills. At the back of the laundromat is a mural that Khalsa painted with a friend before he re-opened the business in May.
The mural is bright and colorful, with trees blossoming with multi-colored spheres of energy swirling around the branches. The mural reflects the underlying philosophy of Amherst Eco Laundry. Light jazz music was playing over the low, soft rumble of the machines when Jane Pemberton of Pelham stopped by to give Khalsa a pot of sunshine yellow chrysanthemums for his wife.
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