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2018-01-01. Fighting Climate Change, One Laundry Load at a Time.

posted Jan 2, 2018, 2:41 PM by Alan Gould   [ updated Jan 16, 2018, 1:52 PM ]
By Stanley Reed, The New York Times. For GSS Energy Use chapter 10. Excerpt: COPENHAGEN — A Danish biotechnology company is trying to fight climate change — one laundry load at a time. Its secret weapon: mushrooms like those in a dormant forest outside Copenhagen. ...Enzymes are also well suited to helping cut energy consumption. They are often found in relatively cool environments, like forests and oceans. As a result of that low natural temperature, they do not require the heat and pressure typically used in washing machines and other laundry processes. ...So consumers can reduce the temperatures on their washing machines while ensuring their shirts stay lily white. Lowering the temperature on a washing machine cycle to cold water from 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) reduces energy consumption by at least half, according to the International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products, an industry group.... https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/01/business/energy-environment/climate-change-enzymes-laundry.html