Here are the incremental suggestions that Slate and Treehugger suggest for the Carbon Diet:
- use your dryer carefully -use the moisture sensor; clean the lint filter; use it only when it's full.
- use the extended spin on your washer, so that clothes are as dry as possible when they go into the dryer.
- buy organic cotton clothing
- look for clothes with recycled content
- buy vintage or at consignment clothing
- buy fewer leather shoes, replacing them with canvas or hemp.
Oh dear..... I use the dryer well, I suppose. Seriously, who has time to run half-loads of laundry? I wish I could line-dry, but especially in this weather it's just not an option. But I think the only times I've purchased organic cotton it's been organic yarn for baby clothing. Maybe I have some organic-fiber yoga clothes. I do go to the local, great consignment shop, Encore Clothing.
And hang on.... there's stuff I do that's not on this list. I want half-credit, or something. I don't use dryer sheets. I bought some little fluff ball things that are supposed to last a year. They're great. I buy Ecological wool as often as I can. It's not dyed. The colors of the sheep? That's the color of the yarn. I love it. (Eco-Plus yarn is dyed. There aren't hot pink sheep, outside of Dr. Suess books.)
I think I'm failing this week's challenge. Sigh.