The Scottish Government is deliberating over proposals to remove high energy using appliances such as washing machines and tumble dryers, reports The Sunday Post.
The “Making things Last” proposals, which are based on “moving away from product ownership” and towards a “shared economy”, voice that a pay-per wash remit would be more efficient for the environment because of the poor environmental specifications some home washer units can have.
Citizens would frequent public laundrettes to wash and dry their clothes because of the argued shared environmental benefits of doing so.
This is the latest in a series of steps that the SNP government has shown its willingness and ability to produce clenched fist policies. Scottish Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone criticised the new idea by arguing: “It’s bad enough the Scottish Government wants to appoint every child a state guardian and tell landowners what to do with their land.
“Now it seems the Big Brother mentality is creeping into how people wash their clothes and secure toys for their children.
“The public would far rather see ministers focusing on issues that really matter, like growing the economy and making the streets safer, instead of nonsensical recommendations such as this.”
The proposals are in line with the European Union’s motive to significantly reduce European emissions from home appliances, as well as further targets to reduce pollution across the continent by 2020. How this policy will be received, especially by those who may not have easy access to launderettes or already have environmentally friendly appliances, is yet to be seen.