Greening Our Habits: Eliminating the Hair Dryer

Greening Our Habits: Eliminating the Hair Dryer

Amber Byfield
Aug 13, 2008

81308_hairdryer_u8mealive.jpgMany of you may have made this step already, but we're just finally catching on.

For the last, oh...decade, we've been addicted to the hair dryer. A household full of won't-lay-flat-unless-it's-bone-dry hair have made the wattage-sucking appliance seem like a necessity. In fact, the last time we remember going without one, it was during a summer working at a no-frills camp in the Texas Hill County (read: no a/c). We used to tell campers, "If you plug in that blow dryer, you will knock out all the camp's power." And, truth be told, it probably would have blown a breaker.

So we've decided it's time to throw in--or, throw on--the towel.

Save for special occasions, we'll leave the hair dryer in the dust (despite the fact that the appliance saves time and gets rid of those unsightly fly-aways) and see how life treats us. Plus, we're talking 1,875 watts of power being used at least 10 minutes each day. Which adds up to a considerable amount of energy in the name of vanity...Not to mention the in-home noise pollution.

To replace the electric hair dryer, we snagged a microfiber hair towel at Target's One Spot for $2.50. A pretty good deal, we'd say. It's even got a button, so making a wrap to soak up excess water is a cinch. And, of course, it doesn't ever need to be plugged in.

It may seem like a small thing to give up, but living green encompasses even the most ritualistic daily habits. Whether you're collecting rain water or simply composting your kitchen scraps--every sustainable choice you make has an impact on the world around you.

So, tell us: What kind of daily changes have you made? And how long do you think we'll last without the hair dryer?

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