Stupid plastic products: The Cooler Dry

There are zillions of plastic products swirling around in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as our North Pacific Ocean. Today I stumbled upon a plastic product called Cooler Dry. Cooler Dry is a piece of plastic you can use to prop open your cooler so that it can dry. Marketing attempts to sell products by solving customer’s problems, even problems that don’t exist. Well, I’m not buying Cooler Dry and many other plastic products. There is so much plastic in our world. You could write a blog about our overconsumption of plastic (oh wait, that’s already being done quite well!). I’m afraid all of our oceans will become swirling plastic garbage patches. Just say no to plastic.

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There are zillions of plastic products swirling around in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, also known as our North Pacific Ocean

Today I stumbled upon a plastic product called Cooler Dry. Cooler Dry is a piece of plastic you can use to prop open your cooler so that it can dry. The TV spot for Cooler Dry includes marketing drivel like:

“Don’t flip your cooler over, cluttering up your driveway, sidewalk or deck. It’s hard on the hinges. And shortens the life of your cooler.”

Marketing attempts to sell products by solving customer’s problems, even problems that don’t exist. I’ve never been bothered by a cooler drying on my driveway. Should I be? My cooler is completely plastic; no metal hinges that could possibly wear out.

How much for Cooler Dry?

I’m glad you asked! $7.45 for 1 or $14.95 for 3. What a deal!

Well, I’m not buying Cooler Dry and many other plastic products.

There is so much plastic in our world. You could write a blog about our overconsumption of plastic. Oh wait, that’s already being done nicely by Fake Plastic FishLife Less Plastic, and many others. But I must say, the more the merrier. Otherwise, I’m afraid all of our oceans will become swirling plastic garbage patches. 

Just say no to plastic. What plastic product can you eliminate from your life?

Clothes dryer: convenient, but not a necessity

While clothes dryers are super convenient they’re not a necessity. You can survive without one. The alternative? Air drying of course! Air drying your wash is good for your clothes, your wallet, and the earth. Clothes hung on a line don’t have static electricity, shrinkage, or break down thread by thread. Ever wonder where all that dryer lint comes from? Your clothes!

While clothes dryers are super convenient they’re not a necessity. You can survive without one. The alternative? Air drying of course! Air drying your wash is good for your clothes, your wallet, and the earth.

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http://breezedryer.com - I recommend this rack

Good for your clothes

Clothes hung on a line don’t have static electricity, shrinkage, or break down thread by thread. Ever wonder where all that dryer lint comes from? Your clothes!

Good for your wallet

Let’s figure the annual cost savings. Most dryers consume about 5000 watts (5 kilowatts) of energy – for the exact amount check your dryer manual. Now, we need to know the cost of your electricity. You can find this tidbit on your electric bill, but for this example we’ll use 13 cents per kilowatt hour. And finally, how much time per week is your dryer running. For this example, let’s use 5 hours per week.

5 (kilowatts) x $0.13 (kilowatt hour price) x 5 (hours) = $3.25 per week

Cost per year = $169

Good for the earth

And then there’s the earth. Each dryer annually consumes approximately 1,300 kilowatt hours of energy per household and something like 2000 pounds of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions.

Wrinkles

But wait, what about wrinkles? If you find that your clothes are wrinkly after air drying, pop your clothes in the dryer for 5 minutes. I haven’t had to do this, but then wrinkles are the norm in Seattle.

And finally, consider using an eco-friendly laundry detergent.

Everything you want to know about air drying
BreezeDryer – cool air drying products
Project laundry list
Life without a dryer for a family of 5