Wash your clothes less to save the planet, Government tells families
PUBLISHED: 01:37, 29 July 2012 | UPDATED: 15:28, 29 July 2012
A government quango wants people to wash their clothes less often to save the planet.
The Waste and Resources Action Programme says if we reduced the number of times we filled our washing machines by a tenth we would cut carbon emissions and save water.
We would also spend £10 less a year doing our laundry.
Its researchers found four out of ten people would ‘seriously consider’ wearing more of their clothes a second time before washing.
However nearly half said they would do so only if they ‘smelt fresher longer’.
The TaxPayers’ Alliance accused the quango, which received £79 million in public funds last year, of interfering in people’s lives.
Spokesman Robert Oxley said: ‘It is not the job of Government to tell us how often we wash our delicates.
‘This interfering quango should butt out of our laundry.
‘There are much more pressing priorities to focus on.’
But Environment Minister Lord Taylor backed the report.
He said: ‘Making better use of our resources is integral to cutting carbon emissions and building a sustainable green economy.’