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Zero-Waste Laundry Options

By Stephanie Osmanski

Is it time to give your laundry room a zero-waste makeover? With the average American running anywhere from four to five loads of wash per week, the environmental impact of laundry in the US is a genuine concern. Not to mention the environmental effects of laundry wastewater

Wastewater is the result of the washing process; it refers to the additional energy, lint, soil, dyes, finishing agents, and chemicals from detergents that leak directly into the environment and contaminate our water systems. In addition to being toxic to wildlife, wastewater can also contribute to eutrophication, when a body of water becomes overly enriched in minerals and nutrients, causing an overgrowth of plants and algae and oxygen depletion in the water.

Using traditional detergents contributes to these environmental issues, as well as creates unnecessary waste. (Think: lots of plastic, unnecessary packaging, and unrecyclable, un-compostable components.) In order to cut the footprint down and reduce the harmful chemicals your wash and the environment are exposed to, there are a few zero-waste amendments you can make to your current laundry routine.

Ready to make your laundry zero-waste? Keep reading for some beginner’s tips!