How to be Sustainable and Save Money: Laundry Edition

Every home laundry is considered part of the fashion industry – it’s where we wash and dry our fashion items. But shockingly, this routine process that occurs in our homes reportedly contributes to 82% of the industry’s energy output, 66% of its solid waste output and over half of its greenhouse gas emissions output.  

Kate Fletcher

So what can we do to reduce this impact and save money at the same time?

1. Stainless Steel Pegs

How many pegs do you think you go through in a year? Before I switched to stainless steel pegs, I’d go through many packets of regular plastic pegs as they’d degrade in the harsh Aussie sun and other elements. 

But with heavy duty stainless steel pegs it’s no longer an issue. Even better, you can choose the steel grade of peg that best suits you. For instance, if you live near the beach you’re going to want something that is higher grade and not likely to corrode. 

2. Soap Berries

Say goodbye to chemical filled detergents or soaps and hello to the all natural product of soap berries. These little berries of soapy goodness are the fruit from the Sapindus Mukorossi tree and are hypoallergenic, grey water safe, palm oil free and vegan. 

Not only that, but they’re a completely zero waste product, usually coming in a calico bag with no plastic, and will biodegrade at the end of their life. 

Even better, is that soap berries are multipurpose, having the ability to be used as washing liquid, shaving cream, stainless steel and glass cleaner too.


Soapberries from Biome Eco Stores

3. Cold Water Wash

90% of the energy in a warm clothing wash comes from heating the water itself. So to conserve energy and therefore your impact to your wallet and the environment, it’s best to wash your clothes using a cold water wash instead. 

However, it’s important to note that warm or hot water washes are important to do on occasion to keep the hygiene of items in check. This usually goes for laundry items such as bedding and towels.

Don’t stop at the laundry, discover 4 ways to be sustainable and save money in the bathroom.