Washing Clothes And Saving Resources

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There are clothing items that can be worn more than once between cleanings, obvious examples of this would be jackets, sweaters, pants, and dresses.  This is in contrast to clothing items that can only be worn once between cleanings. contruction workersIf you are a construction worker you probably are not going to get extended wear between cleanings.

If you work in an air-conditioned office there is a good chance you can get extended wear between cleanings, because this lightly worn clothing is still fresh enough to wear.

The Office - Season 9But depending on the type of use, most of us can get multiple wears out of many items hanging in our closets.       Like any other resource, clothing wear needs to be managed properly.  When you pour a fresh bottle of milk onto your cereal you don’t throw the rest away down the drain.   large milk being poured out

The milk will still be fresh for a number of days.  Many items in our wardrobes are still fresh like the milk; they can and should be used again.  Getting the full utilization out of our light worn clothing is important for proper clothing and resource management.   When you clean an item that doesn’t require cleaning you are wasting valuable resources, like pouring good milk down the drain.  Washing clothesYou are wasting the water that cleans your clothes, you are wasting the energy used to heat the water, the energy to dry your clothing, you are wasting detergents, the energy and the chemicals in dry cleaning, the added wear and tear on the appliances, the cost to you of paying for these resources, your time, and moreover, over-cleaning your lightly worn clothing will damage and reduce the life expectancy of your clothes.

These are all very good reasons to be aware of and properly manage your clothing wear. So how are you supposed to remember how many times you have worn the many items in your closet?  MyClothingHelper was invented to do just that.  No more guessing if it is still fresh enough to wear or if it should be cleaned.  MyClothingHelper is the simple and inexpensive way to manage your wardrobe.mchtriptych The MyClothingHelper Blog is dedicated to producing quality content on practical and fashionable living advice. If you liked this article, please take a minute to explore our website and visit the store page.

Water, Water, Everywhere…How to save water

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Seen from outer space, the refreshing uniqueness of earth is its water. With atmosphere, oceans, lakes, and rivers; we are swimming in life nourishing water.

With all this water how can we ever run out? Remember Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, “Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” There will always be plenty of water on earth but will we be able to drink it?

The overall amount of water on earth hasn’t changed in 2 billion years. Yet some have estimated that nearly a third of the population does not have a safe supply of water.  (http://www.lenntech.com/water-trivia-facts.htm#ixzz2ZuD4aY8m). The problem isn’t that the earth will run out of water, but that people in different parts of the planet can run out.

Water is an abundant resource but it isn’t equally available in all places. Millions of us live in areas where water is becoming scarce. Tragically, this is especially pronounced in the poorest regions of the world where many people have a hard time accessing either water or clean water.

In the US, until recently, our wealth and technology has made living in near-desert conditions attractive. Now, however, the increased population in these areas has put a serious strain on the available supply of water. So, until we figure out how to economically create clean water on demand, we should all start acquiring the habit of conserving water whenever we can.

There are many simple common sense things that a person can do to reduce water consumption: install a water saving shower head, don’t leave the water running when you  brush your teeth or shave, reduce your lawn size by planting shrubs and flowers that require less water, and many more. For 100 tips on how to conserve water see, http://wateruseitwisely.com/100-ways-to-conserve/. And also please try out our new invention, myclothinghelper. Among its many benefits it can help you reduce your household water consumption. (http://myclothinghelper.com/category/earth-friendly-practices/).

Most importantly, to directly help people around the world get access to safe drinking water we suggest donating to well known and well-run charities such as World Vision, Catholic Relief Services, and Americares. And the next time you need to buy a birthday gift for someone who has everything consider donating to a water charity in their name.

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5 Great Ways to Reuse and Recycle Old Clothes

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We’ve opined before on the woes of contemporary fashion and shopping culture. Clothing trends rise and fall like the tides of the ocean. We could spend thousands of dollars to build a modern wardrobe, only to find it near obsolete a few years later.

While we opt for generous helpings of classic, time-tested staples in our clothing diet, there are some trends we can’t fight. As a result, from time to time we must atone for our questionable purchases and purge our closets of the Clothes That Time Forgot.

What to do with these wardrobe castoffs? Standard procedure says toss them in a plastic bag and drop them off at the local Goodwill. But why not put your old clothes back to work? Check out these ways to reuse and recycle old clothes that you don’t wear anymore.

1. Denim is precious; hang on to your old jeans

A few holes doesn't have to mean the end of your favorite jeans.

A few holes doesn’t have to mean the end of your favorite jeans.

Pair of jeans marred by a hole in the knee? We could tell you to snip off the legs and fashion a pair of jorts (Warning: link contains images not suitable for children), but it’s a look we highly discourage.

Instead, save your old jeans for a rainy day. When your favorite pair of jeans invariably begins to wear out, use fabric from the old jeans to patch them up. It’s like a skin graft for your pants. Don’t worry they won’t feel a thing.

Note: we do not endorse a patchwork look. I good tailor should be able to sew the transplant fabric into the candidate jeans, creating a near-seamless look.

2. Turn an old t-shirt into a stylish tote bag

This is a fantastic idea, one that is beautifully detailed here on Delia Creates.

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Re-using an old t-shirt to create a fashionable tote bag doesn’t require as much work as you think. Just a few steps and you can give new use to an old t-shirt that would have otherwise retired to life a dust rag. And with plastic bags slowly being banned across the country, this is a practical, attractive, and environmentally-friendly way to carry your groceries.

3. Turn a hoodie into a laptop bag

This may not be a long-term solution for your laptop transport needs, but it’s a clever and resourceful option. As demonstrated here, with a few folds and a knot (no sewing required), an old hooded sweatshirt can double as a laptop bag.

4. Expand your closet using an old belt

beltIf you really can’t part with your old clothes and could use a little more space in your closet, then this is for you. Clothes hang on a horizontal bar in a closet, resulting a lot of wasted space directly below the hanging clothes. Try taking an old belt and putting the buckle over the top of a hanger. The belt holes act as additional spaces for more hangers. This technique can double the space in your closet.

5. Host a clothing exchange party with friends

We believe that the number one reason people get rid of their old clothes is not because they are worn out or don’t fit anymore; it’s because they’re sick of wearing them. That’s just the product of seeing ourselves in the same outfit time after time and a desire for change.

Most of us feel this way. Your friends have clothes they’re tired of wearing too. Why not propose a trade? We’ve done clothing swaps with friends in the past and it’s a lot of fun because it’s truly a win-win arrangement. You get something new (to you) and you get it for what feels like nothing. As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

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