Last week we got down and dirty ... we wore our clothes until they really required washing and resisted the urge to toss perfectly clean "duds" into the laundry basket. Since washing machines use a lot of water and electricity, this one act could save significant resources. As a side benefit, our clothes will last longer because frequent washing is tough on material.
Our #CTWW Gang was out in force once again, tweeting about our challenge. If you're on twitter, drop by and say "hello" (hint: they are great folks to follow):
Our Honor Society wrote articles and left thoughtful comments. Let's look at the articles first:
Argentum Vulgaris wrote this POST and offers us an Eco-friendly way to eliminate laundry odors, thus allowing one to only wash when there is a full load.
Cinella has no problem with this challenge. In this ARTICLE you'll find why this activity is easy for her, who taught her to wear clothes more than once and you'll learn what she wears during the day on most days.
We have a new Honor Society member, K. C. Woolf ... Welcome, KC! She submitted a wonderful piece (which you can read HERE) about low-maintenance gardening. She provides a list of her favorite links for information on growing an urban garden and includes a video about a woman who feeds a family of 5 with organic items grown in a small area behind her house. KC's post is full of great information ... including pictures of the items she's currently harvesting. I'm jealous!
Weren't those articles wonderful? I have Stumbled, Tweeted and Facebooked them for the world to see.
Next, let's take a look at the comments left by our Honor Society:
Nicole B. stopped in. She had no choice but to accept this challenge ... her washing machine broke down. While doing laundry daily is one of her pleasures ... and not washing is definitely a challenge, she's giving it her best. How did you do, Nicole? Is it a practice you'll hold onto once your machine is repaired?
EcoGrrl likens this challenge to only washing one's hair when dirty (instead of daily). As she points out, washing clothes & hair is often a matter of habit rather than necessity. She also shared a wonderful tip with us ... rather than use a bathroom rug in front of the shower (which tends not to get washed), use a towel. It's much more likely that a dirty towel will get laundered. Of course, she says to only use a towel that has been used, several times, to dry off with ... then use it as a rug until it's truly dirty!
Petunia GreenBeans is filled with contagious enthusiasm about living a green life. Recently she recycled some foil into noisy scarecrows to protect her garden (without harassing any groundhogs), traveled to the East End of Long Island to support local growers and recycled 112 pounds of lithium-ion batteries that might have otherwise ended up in the dump! WhooHoo! Great job Petunia!!
Alicia commented that she and her family only wash dirty clothes and have been doing so for years. And, she says it really does make a difference. Yay, Alicia!
Sonia, a new visitor to Reduce Footprints, stopped by and said she loved all of our posts. Thank you, Sonia ... hope to see you again!
Great job everyone ... I appreciate your comments, articles and efforts.
Okay ... ready for more?
While visiting your blogs this week, I came across a plea for help from Petunia GreenBeans. Basically, she's asking for help with recycling ... she wants to know what works ... what we recycle, how we sort, etc. She plans to compile a list of tips, ideas and links. So ... let's put our collective heads together and come up with a list for her. Here's the challenge:
This week, visit Petunia GreenBeans HERE (http://getyourgreenbeans.com/recycle/calling-all-greenbeans-help-how-do-you-recycle/) and share your knowledge about recycling. If you write a post about recycling, leave her a link to it. If you have some tried and true tips, leave those in a comment for her. And, so that we all can benefit from each other, please leave the same information here, on this post. It's double work but ... it's also double visibility for your ideas.
So what do you think ... are you up for the challenge?
Until next time ...
WE'RE CHANGING THE WORLD ... ONE CHALLENGE AT A TIME!