Wear More, Wash Less
An easy way to save water? Wear filthy clothes! Okay, we’re not supporting repeat underwear use, but we Americans can be a little OCD about laundry. Give your jeans (and maybe even your un-stinky shirts) an extra spin around the block before you throw them in the wash, and you’ll save a surprising amount of water (without turning into a dirty hippie).
According to the EPA, the average American laundry machine uses about 41 gallons of water per load. So even if you save just one load of laundry a month, that’s nearly 500 gallons of water saved every year. Your duds will also take longer to fade and wear out – lightening the load on landfills (and your clothing allowance).
Bonus: If Katie Holmes is any indication, grungy jeans are back. So if you take our advice too far, you’ll end up looking even more stylish.