Opt To Act - Simple Action #37: Buy or make plastic-free and nontoxic laundry detergent.

Join REI in making the fight for a life outdoors part of your life with the Opt to Act Plan - 52 weeks of simple actions to reduce your impact, get active, and leave the world better than you found it. Full details can be found here.

Week 37: Buy or make plastic-free and nontoxic laundry detergent.

Whether it’s in a giant jug or individual pods, most laundry detergent comes in plastic packaging of some kind. This week, skip the plastic and take a container for refilling laundry detergent. Look for a co-op or grocer that has refillable options for nontoxic soaps and detergents. (Remember to get the tare of your empty container before filling it, so you don’t pay for the packaging). If you don’t have that option in your area, consider buying a larger size detergent than normal to cut down the number of trips you have to make to the store to buy more. If you want to go a step further, consider making your own. In the book Make Your Place, Raleigh Briggs explains that laundry detergent can be made using baking soda, powdered castile soap, washing soda and borax.

Take part: Aug. 9–15, 2020

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