Simple, inexpensive things you can do to help the planet
Consider a clothesline
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Thanks for the suggestion! That’s really helpful!
Ah, the dog days of summer (well, in the Northern Hemisphere, anyway!). What better time to reduce your use of the electric clothes dryer and go au naturel? We don’t mean you should run around nude (though that would certainly reduce the need for doing laundry!). We mean you should consider using sunlight and wind to dry your freshly washed clothes.
Good Magazine (where ITLT’s designer, Su Yin, works) estimates that a year’s worth of hot water laundry plus tumble drying produces 213.3 kg of CO2 per year. The same number of loads washed in cold water and line dried produces only 16 kg!
In the United States, nearly 6% of residential electricity is consumed by clothes dryers. The good news is that in the last 3 years, the number of Americans who consider a clothes dryer a “necessity” dropped by 17%.
Willing to give it a shot? TipThePlanet lists more different types of clotheslines and drying racks than you ever thought possible.
If you can’t avoid using a dryer, consider purchasing one with an automatic shut-off feature. Also, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy recommends drying similar fabrics together, drying multiple loads in quick succession (to take advantage of residual heat), and making sure to clean the dryer filter after each use.
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