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Little Laundry Changes

What you have now:
Laundry practices that use up a LOT of energy.

New ideas:
To save money and the environment, take these steps:

Put 1 large load of laundry instead of many small loads into the machine.  

  • Wash your clothes with cold water! Three quarters of the emissions from washing machines come from heating.
  • Air dry on a rack or line.
  • Avoid dryer sheets! They cannot be recycled and they leave chemicals in your clothing.
  • Make your own dryer sheets with a natural recipe HERE.

Ready to upgrade your washing machine? Click HERE for lists of green appliances.

Create Cleaner Closets

What you have now:
Lots of stuff and nowhere to put it.

New ideas:
Closets can have a healthier impact on our world:

  • Buy second hand! You can find furniture, clothing, and decor in a consignment store, local flea market, or website like craigslist
  • Changing a closet’s color? Use zero or low-VOC paints and stains on furniture! Volatile organic compounds (VOCS) add chemicals to our indoor air and outdoor landfills. Use this guide for info!

For a special event, try Rent the Runway. Instead of buying a one-time-wear designer dress, you pay less and then return it! If we can rent cars, why not clothing?

Clean Your Kitchen

What you have now:
A kitchen filled with plastic cutlery, plastic containers, and plastic cups… Not such a clean practice.

New ideas:
Each year, Americans throw out enough plastic and paper kitchen-ware to circle the equator 300 times.  Change this when you:

  • Invest in bamboo cutlery, glass jars, cloth napkins, and ceramic plates. An initial investment will save you money in the long run!
  • Using plastic baggies for sandwiches? Try these beeswax-coated food wraps instead – classy and reusable!
  • Stainless steel or wood spatulas, whisks and ladles won’t leach toxins into your dinner.

Better Bathrooms

What you have now:
A leaking shower or stalling toilet.

New ideas:
Turn your bathroom into a spa-like haven when you purchase:

  • Low-flow showerheads. They mix air into the water stream to create pressure without water waste. Make sure yours is 2.5 gpm (gallons per minute).
  • Low-flow faucets. They can reduce your water heating and energy consumption by 50%. They should be 2.75 gpm or lower.
  • Dual-flush toilets. If you haven’t created a lot of waste, flush with less water.

Watch a video about Altered taps; it’s cool tech!