Welcome to the second day of our Earth Week: Green-Up Your Life project! For today, let's take a gander into your dirty laundry. Don't worry, no secrets revealed here...just some good ol' fashion stinky socks.
Laundry is one of those things we take for what it is, and blindly so. This past year, I found a study from way back in 2011 finding 25 volatile organic compounds, including seven hazardous air pollutants, coming out of dryer vents, 2 of which are deemed carcinogens by the EPA.
Check out what lead author of the study, Anne Steinemann, says--> "This is an interesting source of pollution because emissions from dryer vents are essentially unregulated and unmonitored. If they're coming out of a smokestack or tail pipe, they're regulated, but if they're coming out of a dryer vent, they're not." Steinemann is a UW professor of civil and environmental engineering of public affairs, ergo she knows her pollutants.
Not only are there carcinogens in our detergents and dryer sheets but the thick plastic they're delivered in is a whole 'nother matter. We chose Dropps as our easy-swap for a greener routine because they have all the ideals we're looking for in an eco-conscious company:
- Plastic-free packaging
- Plant-based, Bio-degradable ingredients
- Sensitive-Skin Options
- Carbon Neutral Delivery
- Affordability (as low as $.12/load)
- A+ comedy in there commercials (yes please!)
Now that you've got the suds in order, don't forget about swapping out those dryer sheets! For less than $10 you could pick up these 100% Organic Wool Dryer Balls on Amazon. Or if you have kids and want to encourage them to do laundry, I quite fancy these little cuties from Friendsheep. Heck, I actually know a grown adult who just bought these...you know who you are.
When making better choices for ourselves, whether it be food or environmental, usually a tight budget is what deters us. Fortunately, these options actually come in under-budget and will continue to save money in the long run.
Stay connected to our blog this week for more money-saving, Earth-happy swaps to our daily lives for a better tomorrow.