30 Dec '15, 11pm
A Room-by-Room Guide To Reducing Waste
Wear clothing more than once before you wash, particularly jeans. Your clothes will last longer and you will have less laundry to do. Use a cold water wash. Most of the energy used when washing is for heating the water. Cold water eliminates the problem. Bonus: not having to separate out which clothes can’t take the heat. Hang things to dry. Avoid using your dryer all together. Hang your wet clothes in your shower to catch drips, or out in the sun for a faster drying time. Choose concentrated detergent. Companies use less packaging for concentrated amounts. The smaller bottles have a smaller carbon footprint, since they use less space and fuel to transport. Only wash full loads of laundry. Don’t fill a nearly empty washer with water when you can fill it with clothes instead. Wait to wash your clothes until you gather enough laundry to have a full load.