And here’s a great link: Make your own bathroom cleaners!
So, you’ve bought your organic cotton skirt and a bamboo top. But, now it’s time to wash them and you ask yourself: how can I wash clothes in a way that’s least destructive to the environment?
- Wash your clothes in cold water.
- When buying a new washer, look for one with the Energy Star label.
- Choose eco-friendly detergents. Check some out on Pristine Planet or make your own laundry detergent.
- Get a clothesline or some drying racks. GreenCotton even recommends drying your clothes on a radiator in the winter. It also brings more moisture into the air!
- Use dryer balls instead of fabric softener.
- Wear your clothes more than once…unless they’re stained, smelly, or otherwise icky, of course. 🙂
Happy washing, and be sure to share any additional tips!
I posted this on the PlanetShoes Twitter page a few weeks ago, but it’s such useful info I think it’s worth blogging about now that we have a blog.
I had a huge pile of phone books sitting on a bookshelf because I didn’t know what to do with them. I knew they were traditionally unrecyclable, but I get several a year! We get a few full-sized ones and then little phone book supplements throughout the year. It was insane. All of this wasted paper for phone books I seldom even used.
After a little Google sleuthing, I found this: YellowPagesGoesGreen.Org You can opt out of receiving phone books! Perfecto.
From their website, here are some startling statistics about the eco-effect of printing phone books:
To produce 500 million books:
Over 500 million of these directories are printed every year. That is nearly two books for every person in the country! These directories produce a staggering amount of waste, not only in terms of misused natural resources but also in filling of valuable landfill space.
* 19 million trees need to be harvested
* 1.6 billion pounds of paper are wasted
* 7.2 million barrels of oil are misspent in their processing (not including the wasted gas used for their delivery to your doorstep)
* 268,000 cubic yards of landfill are taken up
* 3.2 billion kilowatt hours of electricity are squandered
Trying to make your workplace a little bit greener? Here are 10 handy tips to help you out.
1. Bring your own reusable cups for coffee/tea and water. It will tremendously cut down on waste! It’s also great to have a work lunchroom stocked with reusable flatware and plates.
2. Recycle, recycle, recycle! And reuse paper in the printer…print on both sides!
3. Find some coworkers to carpool with, if biking, walking, or taking public transportation to work is not an option.
4. Don’t print stuff unless it’s absolutely necessary.
5. Bring your own lunch, and pack it in reusable containers instead of plastic bags. I’m a fan of Pyrex because it’s safe to microwave in.
6. Talk to your boss about telecommuting, even if it’s only a few days a week. (There’s a great article about telecommuting on Green Living Tips.) One employee telecommuting just once a week can reduce emissions by 400 pounds per year!! WOW!
7. Only use lights when necessary. If your desk is by a window, do you need all the lights on? And sometimes a small lamp will suffice instead of the overhead lighting. (And use eco-friendly bulbs…ya know, the ones that look like coils.)
8. Get rid of old machinery. Newer machinery in general uses less power. Look for EnergyStar.
9. Shut your computer down when it’s time to go home.
10. Try to encourage video-conferencing whenever it’s possible instead of traveling.
These tips are so easy and they’re often quite cost efficient as well. Using less resources is eco-friendly AND friendly on the pocket-book.