CARING FOR YOUR GARMENTS
Washing your clothes uses a lot of water and energy, and discharges harmful detergents into the groundwater in the process. This is an area where you can really make a difference when it comes to preserving the planet’s wildness in all it’s natural beauty and precious resources such as clean drinking water.
Here are a few tips to help you minimise your impact on the environment:
1. Wear your clothes more than once between washes. If you have access to a balcony or garden, airing the garments will help regain their shape. Items like jeans, knitwear and dresses can easily be used several times between washes.
2. Wash as much as possible at 30 degrees or below. These temperatures use less energy, and the only items that require more heat are bed linens, knickers, some sportswear and very muddy garments.
3. Limit tumble dryer usage to a minimum. Machine drying takes lots of energy and is hard on your clothes. Drying your items on a laundry rack will have a positive impact on your utility bills, the planet and the number of wears you get out of your clothing.
4. Use environmentally friendly detergents. There are many environmentally friendly brands on the market. One of our favourites is Ecover, which is available in most supermarkets.
5. Avoid fabric conditioners. Not only are they bad for the environment, there is some evidence they can also cause allergies and have an adverse effect on your health. If you only want to make one change to your routine, this should be it!
6. Wash synthetic items in a wash bag. Numerous studies show that clothing made of synthetic fibres such as polyamide and polyester sheds micro plastic particles during machine washing. Prevent these particles from reaching the oceans by using a wash bag such as the Gubby Friend.
7. Dry clean only when absolutely necessary. Most clothing can be hand washed or machine washed on sensitive cycles. Try to limit dry cleaning to occasion wear, leather, coats and tailored suits. The long-term effects of toxic chemicals used during dry cleaning (which must be disposed as hazardous waste) are still unknown, but soaking your garments in some eco-friendly detergent is surely better for your health, the environment and ultimately for your wallet.
8. Repair minor damages in your garments. Mend any garments with minor holes etc rather than throwing them into landfill. Pulled threads and missing buttons are easy and inexpensive to fix, and even if you don’t want the items anymore, they’ll likely find a happy home if you sell them on or give them to charity. Upcycled fashion is a trend that’s here to stay!