Ditch the Laundry Jugs and Go Plastic-Free

This article first appeared in Treehugger and was written by Katherine Martinko What's the point of doing laundry with non-toxic soap if it still produces loads of un-recycled plastic waste?

One of the easiest ways to reduce the amount of plastic in your household is to stop using big plastic jugs of liquid laundry detergent. Over 30 billion loads of laundry are done annually in North America, using approximately 40 grams’ (1.2 ounces) worth of detergent each, which adds up to an obscene number of plastic laundry jugs that serve no greater purpose than to hold detergent for a relatively short amount of time (via Life Without Plastic).

A horrifying 1 billion laundry jugs are discarded in the United States annually. Once empty, only an estimated 30 percent of these high-density polyethylene (HPDE) jugs are recycled. The remaining 70 percent ends up in landfills, or clogs oceans and waterways.

If you don’t use liquid, then be careful about what kind of powdered detergent you buy. Many of the boxes come lined with plastic, with a plastic handle, a plastic strip embedded in the cardboard to facilitate opening, and a plastic scoop. Most of that packaging will never be recycled...