- This forum is to discuss environmental and green issues related to washing machines. I’m looking to get things into proper perspective though, and believe green issues shouldn't be blindly given top priority. We need balanced facts and a full picture. It’s perfectly possible for example to buy a more economical washing machine that costs the environment (and the buyer) much more in the long run because of other factors.
- I'm all for “green” washing machines” but wary of companies jumping on the bandwagon and selling poor quality washing machines as environmentally friendly. As far as I can see, the most environmentally friendly washing machine you could buy would be one that lasts a long, long time and doesn't end up in landfill after a few short years - even if it did use more water and energy.
- Here's a relevant topic from the main Washerhelp site arguing just that - ECO energy labels and washing machines
"green" Washing Machines Can Be Black Underneath
Posted 04 January 2007 - 01:20 PM
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Posted 10 January 2007 - 06:45 PM
Posted 11 January 2007 - 10:41 AM
I have quite strong (and detailed) views on this subject, which are littered all over Washerhelp. Many of them are in the buying washing machines section though and it's quite possible that many people assume it's only for people looking to buy a washing machine and they might not realise there are some provocotive comments there.
Here are a few of them, which may spark off a new thread in this new forum
- Are new washing machines not made as well as they used to be?
- Are new washing machines only built to last 5 years?
- Do washing machines have built-in obsolescence?
- If I buy a more expensive washing machine, do I get a better washing machine?
- What is the ISE washing machine, and why is it different to other washing machines?
Posted 11 January 2007 - 01:54 PM
Posted 11 January 2007 - 04:29 PM
It remains to be seen if the throwaway washing machines can realistically and economically be recycled. The answer is to stop making rubbish in the first place and to go back to making products properly - like they used to. Prices will go up considerably, but the overall cost in the long run to the customer, and to the environment, will be much cheaper.
Posted 17 January 2007 - 05:55 PM
Because of all the press hype about landfill, I wanted to check your views on old washing machines/dish washers/fridges etc.., we are about to refit our entire kitchen. What happens to all old white goods appliances? Do they end up in landfill? If so, with a buy cheap culture aren't we all helping to speed up the prospect of landfill space running out?
Can be useful place to recycle unwanted items
Posted 18 January 2007 - 07:50 AM