Green Living

Green Living

Laundry uses up resources and produces waste, all of which affect the environment. We believe it’s our job to reduce this impact, both in the way we make our products, and by helping people make small changes to the way they use them. That is why we have created a sustainable living plan. Explore some of our content on environmental sustainability, and then let us know your views. How might you change your laundry habits to reduce the impact on the environment?

Be green while doing your laundry with Persil!

One of the easiest ways to save water and energy, and thus increase your energy efficiency is by washing most things at 20oC. Many people think they won’t be able to get their clothes perfectly clean without hot water, although many items (e.g. delicates and colours prone to running) actually prefer a cool wash and most stains can be loosened by presoaking (see here advice on how to remove specific stains). We’ve also been working hard to increase the power of our detergents; our Persil Ultimate Liquid is perfect for lower temperatures at shorter washes.

Using the right water level and/or doing a full load  is the quickest route to saving water and saving energy. It is more economical to wash full loads because it takes a similar amount of energy to run a cycle whether you wash 2 times or 25. You might also want to consider how often you wash different items to save water and energy. When washing by hand, we have more control over how much water we use.

Tumble dryers can be a lifesaver when wet weather prevents you from drying your clothes outside, but they have high energy consumption. If you can’t dry your clothes naturally, try and pick an efficient dryer and follow our energy saving tips to reduce the impact it has on your carbon footprint. 

Using environmentally friendly products isn't the only way of saving energy in the home with your laundry. Loading your washing machine properly and following the wash directions is one of the simplest ways to save water – choose your cycle and temperature and go green!