Most of us have a range of white goods in our homes. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, common appliances include refrigerators (in 99.9 per cent of homes), washing machines (97.8 per cent) and air conditioners (74.0 per cent). Just over half of Australian households have a dishwasher, and a similar number have a clothes dryer.
These white goods provide a host of benefits, such as reducing waste, improving comfort, helping us avoid health hazards such as rotten food, or simply freeing up our time to do other things. But they also have significant environmental impacts, and it’s important to consider these when using and choosing white goods.