Our laundry routine might be doing more harm to the environment than we realize. This is a tough issue to solve, since most of us (teenagers excluded…) won’t stop washing our clothes! But a few simple changes in your laundry habits can make a big difference.
You can save money, reduce your energy consumption and prevent water pollution, without having to spend all day hand-washing or purchasing an expensive new washing machine with the latest technology.
Here are some eco-friendly suggestions to try at home, from full loading your washing machine to making your drying more efficient.
Choose The Right Temperature.
80% of your washing machine’s energy is spent on heating the water. Reduce the chosen temperature from 60 to 30°C and save more than 60% of the energy required. Washing at 30°C is more than enough for your daily wash cycles - we know you want to wear that dress you just bought on next Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you have one on your appliance, use the ECO button to reduce your energy consumption by more than 40% compared to long cycles.
Front-loading washing machines consume less water and energy than the top-loading ones. Time to cancel that gym membership, doing squats to load and empty the washing machine will do just the trick!
Fill it to Full Capacity.
Washing a partial load or a full load requires the same amount of time and electricity. Wait until the washing machine is full before turning it on!
Keep it Cool.
Always use cold water when hand-washing your clothes - don’t worry, unlike most of us, they are not scared to brave cold water in the shower.
Go For A Spin.
If you want to use a dryer, you should know that it’s a very energy-intensive appliance. Its average annual consumption is 500 kWh! Before putting your laundry in the dryer, wring it in the drum of your washing machine. The mechanical extraction of moisture in the washing machine is 100 times more economical than the thermal extraction in the dryer.
Let Your Laundry Air Dry.
Opt out of the heat dry cycle on your washing machine. Drying clothes with a tumble dryer consumes twice as much electricity as washing it - and it can shrink that favorite mini-skirt of your daughter even more (scream). To save energy (and money!), dry your laundry in a ventilated room, or outside if you have a service yard (nature still works best). If you still want to invest in a dryer, choose one economical and equipped with a moisture sensor: it will standby automatically when the laundry is dry.
Trash is For Tossers.
Don’t put on airs. We know that your closet is full of dusty clothes you never wore even once. Sometimes you would throw them away whereas they could be very useful to other people, who cannot afford to buy them. Rather than trash, donate or swap what you don’t use anymore!
You can also give to associations. Jeans require more than 10,000 liters of water for the production of only one item. Some associations collect used clothes to give them a second life: they can become rags, carpet, or even new clothes.
Hope this (laundry) list will help you live a little more consciously!
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