[ExI] big rip in washing machines

spike at rainier66.com spike at rainier66.com
Fri Mar 8 22:29:47 UTC 2019



From: extropy-chat <extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org> On Behalf Of William Flynn Wallace


>…I used to save lint to put in my compost before realizing that most of it was some artificial fiber which would add nothing to my plants…  bill w



It is an interesting question, but I have a speculation.  We know that plenty of modern clothing is made with a combination of natural fibers and artificial.  Those of us who have a favorite old T-shirt for years know that eventually there is little left of it but the artificial fiber, which eventually come to resemble nylon hosiery.  So perhaps the lint in your dryer is mostly cotton and would help your compost.


As I wrote the above, it occurred to me that this notion is easily testable: if the lint is cotton it will burn quickly with almost no ash.  If it is polyester, it will burn with a lot of smoke while melting and smell terrible.


Anyone want to try?



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