Use cold water to wash your laundry:
One super simple eco tip is to wash your clothes in cold water. According to Carbon Conscious Consumer, most of the energy used by washing machines (approximately 90%!) is used to heat the water. By using cold water to wash and rinse, you can reduce your CO2 emissions AND save a lot of money on your energy bill. I’ve been washing my clothes with cold water for many years (since I first started doing laundry—in high school ) and my clothes come out just as clean as using warm or hot water (even my white clothes). Many stains also seem to come out more easily when using cold water too.
More information from Carbon Conscious Consumer on using cold water for laundry, reducing carbon emissions, & saving money, and other simple but great eco tips:
Buy recycled paper:
Though I try to reduce my paper consumption (and also reuse scrap paper; see my previous Eco Living article called “Eco Living: More Li’s Quick Eco Tips! Every Day Is Earth Day!”), sometimes I still need to buy and use new paper (for invoices, and-- when I was a student--to print out the final copy of papers). I usually buy paper that is made with post consumer waste material aka PCW (PCW paper is waste paper that was used by consumers and then recycled. The waste paper does not involve the production of another product. Examples of PCW are old magazines, recycled newspapers, recycled mixed paper, etc. This is the paper that we (consumers) recycle that gets made into new products). PCW content can vary depending on the brand of paper (I’ve seen brands of recycled paper that are made with only 20% of PCW and the rest is made with new paper or other types of recycled paper, and I’ve also seen brands made with 100% PCW; the percent varies by brand). Some types of recycled paper are made with other kinds of waste paper such as mill wastes or wood chips. Other types are made from pre-consumer waste (paper that was discarded that was not used by consumers).
This is a link to the Environmental Protection Agency’s website on paper recycling. There is a lot of information on the benefits of paper recycling, frequently asked questions about paper recycling, etc.
Link to “Eco Living: More Li’s Quick Eco Tips! Every Day Is Earth Day!”
About The Author:
Li Wong has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. She has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001, and is currently a student of Jeanne Rose’s Aromatherapy Studies Course. Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception. She is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and mineral makeup company.
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