One easy way to go green by conserving water and electricity (not to mention money) is to do less laundry.
Wearing something one time and then tossing it into the washer is so 1990’s, but when wearing clothes multiple times, how do you keep track of what’s really ready for the wash, and what clothes can be worn again?
Doing less laundry might just be a matter of having the right system. Like Greenthreads.
“Greenthreads is a counting system that keeps track of how many times you wear something so you can decide when it’s time to toss it into the dirty clothes bin. Without the Greenthreads counting system it’s impossible to remember something like that for an entire wardrobe. It’s easier to visibly see when your white clothes get dirty and need to be washed but it’s hard to see that same dirt on colored clothes, you know they eventually get dirty, you want clean clothes but realize it’s wasteful to wear something only once or twice, especially when we spend most of our time in climate controlled environments.
Everyone I know wears their clothes multiple times because it makes good sense. I think it makes even more sense to keep tabs on how many times you’ve worn something so you don’t have to waste time playing the guessing game of ‘how many times have I worn this’ or worse relying on the dreaded smell test. There’s a better way. I like to wear my clothes about 4-5 times each, but you can decide what number work best for you.
To get started all you need are some rubber bands, bobby pins, and a few lids off some aerosol cans.”
Renee Hollonbeck sent me her video describing the Greenthreads system:
I wear my clothes multiple times, depending on what it is, but I don’t use a system to keep track of which ones need washing – I tend to look at them for dirt, then give them the smell test. I don’t know if I would be diligent enough with this for it to make a difference in my laundry, but then again, I’m not really a fashionable guy. Maybe it would work for me if I had more clothes…
What do you think? Is this easy enough for people to adopt?