Monday, January 11, 2010

Is Monday Laundry Day?

The Good Human is a website that "aims to be a destination that encourages people to be better humans through working to clean up the environment, being active in political issues, and being more aware of one's life and surroundings."  Interestingly enough, this is a pretty good description of what I had in mind for my own blog.  I seem to have veered toward the thoughtful and only occasionally produce the useful.  Obviously thinking is a great first step, but acting has to follow.  I want to introduce you to The Good Human, where you can more immediately get some fresh utilitarian ideas. 

The Good Human has a series that's a take off on the idea of making one change, or doing one pro-active thing.  Since I'm harping on utility today, I thought I'd start with laundry.  We all do it, or maybe pay someone else to do it.  But it has to be done.  The Good Human has several ideas for reducing the negative impacts of doing laundry:

1. Dry loads of clothes back to back  (the heat element stays warm and doesn't need to re-heat)

2. Give up the dryer sheets (basically unnecessary, they produce unnecessary CO2 impact, and are usually made with animal tallow)

3. Wash your clothes less often (unless you got them filthy, do you really need to wash each wear?  save water, detergent, and wear on your clothes)

4. Clean out the lint filter (saves electricity & wear on your dryer, as clothes dry faster)

5.  Line-dry your clothes (saves electricity - might wanna wait for spring on this one)

Please check out The Good Human.  I know you'll find a bunch of great ideas that you can easily put into practice right now!

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