Green Idea: Don't Replace, Dye!

Green Idea: Don't Replace, Dye!

Jonathan B.
Aug 11, 2008

What to do with a nearly new duvet cover that looks washed out with newly painted walls? We were out shopping with a friend when we realized a couple bottles of Rit dye would be the quickest route to the right color. Before & after photos after the jump...

Now, dye isn't something you want to send down the drain on a regular basis. But if the choice is between buying something new (which was dyed at some point, anyway) and reusing something you already have, a bottle or two of dye is likely the greener choice.

We'd forgotten how easy it is: just fill the washing machine with hot water, drop in the fabric, and wait while the machine does the work. It was less expensive, too: two bottles of dye set our friend back $10; the replacement duvet he had his eye on was $240 on sale.

Thanks, Ryan!

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