Washing and drying clothes
. Washing and drying clothing
are common activities that can use a lot of energy - if we aren't careful. But there are a lot of things, most importantly washing in cold water and line drying, which are not only greener, but will make your clothes
last longer (as long as you don't leave them outside too long, to fade).
Why does it matter? - Energy usage: We need to use less energy with efficient washers and cold water (unless there is abundant solar hot water), and use renewable energy where possible.
Water usage: The more water we use, the harder it is to process the waste water, and the more strain we place on the water supply.
Water pollution: Minimize the use of detergent. Consider these words about the chemicals you use. Once people appreciate that they make other things dirty when they make their clothes clean, they think differently about what they're doing.