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Can Hand Washing My Laundry Really Help Reduce My Carbon Footprint?

Imagine a beautiful sunny day down by the river, everyone gathered for the weekly communal washing of clothes and household linens. You proudly bring out your shiny new washboard and bar of soap and are the envy of the group. This is the latest in washing technology and not everyone can afford such luxury. Washing has never been easier and soon you are in the hypnotic rhythm of soaking, scrubbing, rinsing and wringing. Laundry is hung from lines strung between trees and spread out on the grass for bleaching by the sun. It’s been a long day, you go home with a stack of clean fresh smelling laundry feeling exhausted yet satisfied.

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