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Low carbon life, what to do with clothing

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1, do not buy additional clothes, for during the process of producing the clothes, transportation, and reproduction requires a large amount of energy, meanwhile it may produce wasted gas, water and other pollutions. On the basis of basic daily necessities, if every one unnecessary clothe may save 2.5 kg of stander coal, which equals to about 6.4 kg of CO2.

2. Choosing natural fabric clothing. Low-carbon denotes the low index of carbon emissions, which can be acted as a criterion to measure the maximum use age for the clothes according to the total amount of carbon emissions. Natural fabric clothing can be a healthy and functional choice.

3. Washing one clothe manually per month. With the development of our living standards, washing machines have already become our best tool for washing clothe, while we still can reduce the waste of electricity and water. It is estimated that if we wash clothe once per month, every washing machine may save up to about 1.4 kg of standard coal, which is about 3.6kg of CO2.

4.making the clothes be natural drying. If it is not that needy to wear the clothes, we can make them naturally dry instead of turn on your washing machine. In this case, it may reduce 2.3 kg of CO2 emissions.

5. Saving 1 kg of washing powder. Washing powder is our daily necessity, while it may be wasted often in our daily lives. If properly used, 0.28 kg of CO2 may be reduced.

6. Choosing a energy saving washing machine. For a energy saving washing machine may save relatively 50% of the electricity and 60 % of the water compared with the ordinary one. That’s a ideal way of both saving your money and living in an eco-friendly way.

This stat may not be directly functional at sight, but Dale thinks it must be a pretty good way for our life in a long run.


Why low carbon?

Over the last two hundred and fifty years, since industrialization begun, the delicate balance in the earth’s systems and atmosphere has been disturbed by pollution. One form of pollution is the release of the basket of greenhouse gases that are associated with the consumption of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas. Unfortunately in the twenty first century these forms of energy now underpin most societies.

Modern life with all its convenience like cheap air travel, centralised electrical power, endless gadgets, cheap inefficient housing, cars and mass production, in its current guise, is high carbon and is not sustainable. As we move into the new century, the reality of climate change is becoming clearer.

It is now beyond doubt that, with amongst other things the publication of the Inter-governmental Panel of Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report, peoples collected activities are responsible for the release of vast amounts of carbon dioxide which are having a very negative impact on the planet that we live on. Moreover there has been a scientific consensus on this fact for over a decade.

The UK government’s own position as outlined in the 2003 Energy White Paper has set a target of a 60 per cent cut on 1990 levels of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 and many commentators state that this is ‘too little too late’. If we are to avert runaway climate change by the latter half of the twenty first century, far more drastic action to the tune of around a 90 per cent cut by 2030 is required.

Whatever the target, whatever the timescale, this country; a low carbon country, will have a very different landscape. The Low Carbon Trust exists to promote the ideas and technologies that will enable us to make this transition.

The first step to reducing your own personal carbon emissions is to realise how much carbon dioxide your life and activities maybe causing. Every time we use a car, every time we use the heating in our homes and every time we eat processed food from a supermarket we are using fossil fuel and in turn releasing carbon dioxide.

One small action by one person is a small difference. One small action by everybody is a big difference. Big action by everybody will completely resolve climate change, but a journey begins with a single step.