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 beauty of the world around us.
Here are a few tips to help you minimise your impact on the environment:
- 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 while using less energy than machine drying.
- Wash as much as possible on 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.
- Use environmentally friendly detergents. There are many environmentally friendly brands on the market. Our favourite one is Ecover, which is available in most supermarkets.
- 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!
- 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 you health, the environment and ultimately for your wallet.
- Repair minor damages in your garments 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!