When it comes to taking care of our clothes, it seems we have gotten a little slack.
A cheap price tag has us disregarding the care tag and the important information telling us the item should be worn far more than what the industry is insinuating.
A garment should last you a lifetime. However, this is only possible if you care for your clothes the right way. Taking care of your clothes is both great for the longevity of garments and the environment.
Before your next wash, read this list of helpful, eco-friendly and garment loving tips which will help you get the most out of your clothes without punishing our planet.
*Apply these tips to all clothing. We seem to take better care of our more expensive items. Apply these tips to your inexpensive items to get longevity from them too.
1. WASH LESS
Less is more. Yep, even when it comes to washing your clothes. Washing less will not only lengthen the life of your garment, but you will reduce your environmental footprint too. You don’t need to wash a piece of clothing every time you wear it – especially jeans! Spilt spag-bol on your pants? Try spot cleaning with a damp face washer and bit of water and then leave in the sunshine to dry. The sun is a natural anti-bacterial, leaving your clothes as good as washed.
2. COLD WATER
Washing your garments in lower temperatures will protect the dye and help maintain colour of your clothing. To maintain fit and avoid shrinkage, cold washing is also best. Washing in cold water not only lengthens the life and quality of your clothes but it also uses 75% to 90% less energy than washing in warm water.
3. AIR DRY
Everyone should be air drying. Tumble dryers are a huge cost to households, clothing and to the environment. Reduce your carbon footprint and energy bills and lengthen the life and quality of garments by air drying your clothes.
4. MICROPLASTICS & GUPPY BAG
With each wash of garments containing synthetic fibres including activewear, leggings, bikinis, bras and any garments made with polyester, countless microplastics are making their way into our precious waterways and oceans. Aim to minimise machine washing of your synthetic clothes as much as possible. When you do wash synthetics, use a gentler cycle option and use a Guppy Bag. The Guppy Bag is scientifically proven to reduce fibre shedding, protecting garments and waterways.
5. BE KIND TO KNITWEAR
When treated well, your favourite woolly should last a lifetime. Hand washing your woollen knitwear and wool pieces is a sure way to maintaining the quality and reduce the effects of pilling and stretching. Wool pieces should be dried flat, ideally at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. When stored always fold your knitwear, never hang, as it will loose its shape.
6. ECO-FRIENDLY PRODUCTS
Natural products that are not only safe for people but our environment is imperative. We suggest ecostore products. If you have an alternative or recommendation, we would love to hear from you. Please email us at email@example.com