HuffPost: The Simple Change to Your Laundry Routine That Can Save The World

Lift a finger… Save the world

Last week, The Huffington Post launched a brand new original series, “Sustainable Self,” in which we connect the small choices we make in our everyday lives to the huge impact they can have on the Earth by focusing on one simple action. This week’s action: Doing your laundry in cold water. 

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Using hot water to do laundry is equivalent to burning 182 gallons of gasoline per year, enough to get you from New York to Alaska. 

But by using cold water for laundry you can eliminate 90 percent of the energy consumed by your washing machine. Do it for an entire year and you will get rid of 1,600 pounds of CO2. 

Check out the full video here to learn more – including why warm water doesn’t actually make clothes cleaner… Mind. Blown. 

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