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Five eco-friendly laundry tips

Small adjustments and some good habits. That’s all it takes to make your laundry greener and more eco-friendly.

‘Everyone has the potential to make a change to their environmental footprint. It is consciously making the decision to do so and taking the time to change certain habits that can go from being an idea to becoming a reality,’ explains Mario Correia, brand manager for Personal Touch.

‘There are simple steps that we can all implement into our lives that can help stop the destruction of our planet.’

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Mario shares five easy steps while doing the laundry, that can make our environmental footprints smaller:

  1. Line dry. Forget about using the tumble dryer and hang your clothes on the line. This will limit the amount of electricity used and help your clothes to last longer as clothes in the tumble dryer loose fibres from being knocked around while being dried. While drying outside your clothes will also benefit from the anti-microbial effects of the sun.
  2. Wash full loads. To avoid unnecessary energy consumption, make sure to only wash when you have a full load. Not only does this save energy, but also water and time.  Not every item needs to go into the laundry basket after one wear, some items can still be hung up and worn again.
  3. Move on from plastic. If it is possible to use materials, other than plastic, choose that. When plastic is thrown away it can take up to 1 000 years for it to decompose in landfills, which has a huge negative impact on the environment. Single-use plastics are the main culprits for the growing number of plastic pollution. If you can choose an alternative – do it. Personal Touch Washing Powder sheets is environmentally friendly due to their 64 per cent less plastic than a 2kg bag of washing powder. All packaging is completely recyclable and won’t add to your environmental footprint.
  4. Natural fibres. Choosing clothes with natural fibres can help stop microscopic pieces of plastic from being washed away from synthetic fibres.  Research has shown that marine life ingests these fibres and absorbs the plastic into their tissue which affects them and the animals that eat them. Choose materials such as organic cotton, wool and bamboo for clothes and bedding.
  5. Use cold water. By washing your clothes with cold water, you are cutting down on energy consumption. Up to 90 per cent of energy consumed during a load of laundry goes to the use of hot water.
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