Up to 90% of the energy used on laundry is used to heat the water. This means:
Wash 4 out of 5 loads of your laundry in cold water and you could cut out 864 pounds of CO2 emissions in a year. That’s equivalent to planting .37 acres of U.S. forest.
A Warm/Warm wash costs about $0.53/load or $206/year.
A Cold/Cold wash costs only about $0.04/load or $16/year.
The problem is that in general, the warmer the water, the cleaner your clothes will be.
Over the past year there have been huge advances in enzyme technology, specifically cold water enzymes that allow you to get just as good of a wash or better than if you used an average detergent in warm water. I don't know about you, but I'm not seeing any of these products on the shelf at my local grocery store.
So we decided to do something about it.
Long time redditor here, first time poster in /r/environment. My name is Stephen and I'm the Founder of a company that specializes in green cleaning products specifically for the sports & fitness industry called Vapor Fresh.
We already have a specialty laundry detergent on the market, but we wanted to develop something better for you. Something that can clean everything you own-- your gym clothes, your everyday clothes, your towels, your sheets -- as effectively as possible in cold water using these new advanced cold water enzymes.
We're launching a brand new ecofriendly laundry detergent pod that actually powerful. Going up against the major brands in the industry will be tough, but we need to do this.
I almost didn't post this because I didn't want to come off as spammy, but we believe we can make a significant impact on energy usage on laundry and wanted to see if others were interested as well.
If you'd like to stay up-to-date on our product launch and our distribution, we are collecting emails here.
Even if you don't join us, please consider switching to washing your clothes in cold water-- it's an easy switch you can make that can have a large impact on the grand scheme of things.
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