1. Use the washing machine less
2. Wash with cold water
Washing with cold water saves on energy and helps reduce the amount of lost microfibres - both which are important steps to protect the planet. You might find that washing with cold water also increases the longevity of your clothes. In recent studies, cold washing helped look fabric and maintained its colour. While there are some items that still require a hot wash to clean properly, actually many of our clothes will be just as clean in cold water, especially as many detergents are engineered to work with cooler temperatures.
3. Ditch the dryer
Even modern dryers take an hour or two, or more, to dry clothes. While this might speed up drying time for you, think of how much energy is used to run the dryer for this length of time - especially with a full load. Tumble dryers also remove microfibres from clothes, which is why you need to remove lint so readily. Skip this step of your washing routine with some organisation. Plan in advance when you're going to do different washes and ensure there is enough time for clothes to dry before you need to wear them. This way, there's no need for the dryer but you're singlehandedly having a positive impact on the planet.
4. Use eco-friendly washing detergent
We had to speak about this, obviously! Regular washing detergent is not just unhealthy for you and your family, but it is bad for the environment. Standard detergent does not degrade quickly, it often contains optical brighteners (which makes fabric appear brighter) and phosphates which can be life threatening for fish. Unlike these detergents, our range is eco-friendly. This means healthy for you, your family and the environment.
5. Wait for a full washing machine
Ensuring that each wash is full will help you use the machine less frequently. Try waiting until your household has a full wash between you before putting it on. Any washes you do which are half-loads or less use the same amount of water and energy as a full load. A washing rota might help with this - figure out which days will be for which type of washing, so everyone is able to organise accordingly.