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Wash in Cold Water! Get Clean, Go Green

‘Care for your clothes, like the good friends they are!’

Joan Crawford

  • The average household releases 533 million microfibers (which is equal to about 135 grams) into the water system per year just by doing laundry.

    "Washing in cold water can help slow fading of colors and shrinking in fabrics,"
    Stephen Hettinger, director of engineering in washer systems at GE Appliances.
  • Washing clothes at lower temperatures reduces the release of microplastics from synthetic fabrics, which can harm marine life and enter the food chain. Source

    “Microplastics will inhabit the known universe eventually. Including us.”
    Anthony T. Hincks
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Fresh Sustainable Laundry Tips!

  • Track your impact with the wash in cold water action on Commit2Act
  • Use environmentally friendly laundry detergents that work well in cold water.
  • Air dry your clothes instead of using a dryer to further reduce energy use.

Impacts of Washing in Cold Water

Social Justice

Using less energy helps reduces emissions and the demand for fossil fuels, which disproportionately affects disadvantaged communities.

Save Water & Waste

Cold water washing can help protect water sources from contamination by microplastics.

Save Money & Buy Responsibly

Washing clothes in cold water prevents shrinking and fading and also reduces energy consumption, which can lower your utility bills.

Earn points from washing laundry in Cold Water

Use Commit2Act to track the impact of your actions! 
Earn rewards, qualify for prizes and learn from others who are taking daily actions to secure a sustainable future for us all.

  • Each Action has a calculation to determine how much C02 has been saved.
  • Upload photos of your cold water laundry action as evidence to demonstrate impact.
  • Harness the power of AI image recognition to validate your impact.

Who's leading the charge on home conservation actions?

Earth Day Network

A global organization that promotes environmental awareness and action, including energy-saving practices like cold water washing.
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Ocean Conservancy

This organization focuses on ocean conservation and addresses the issue of microplastics, which can be reduced through cold water washing.
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Energy Star

A government-backed program that promotes energy efficiency, including providing guidelines for energy-efficient laundry practices.
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Cold Water Laundry News & Media

  • Why you should almost always wash your clothes on cold

    Washington PostAllyson Chiu2022-11-29

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  • Why washing in cold water is good for your clothes — and the planet

    politicoPOLITICO STUDIO2022-12-19

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  • Should I wash my clothes in cold water? We find out if this is a good solution for the perfect clean

    Homes & GardensMegan Slack2022-11-09

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Other Actions

Become a Sustainable Travel Champion by Biking, Walking or taking Public Transit.
Go Green With a Plant-Based Diet
Sow Seeds for a Greener Future, Plant a Garden or Tree!
Avoid Fast Fashion for a Sustainable Future!
What are microplastics?

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