Taking care of your clothing the environmentally friendly way is not just about extending their lifespan; it's also a significant step in reducing your fashion-related carbon footprint. In this post, we'll provide you with five essential tips to ensure your sustainable wardrobe stays eco-friendly.
1. Cold Water is Your Best Friend
When it comes to washing your clothes, the temperature of the water makes a world of difference. Opt for cold water whenever possible (30 degrees is our go-to). Cold water not only saves energy (= cheaper electricity bill) but also helps preserve the colours and integrity of your garments.
2. Air Dry for the Win
One of the most eco-friendly and cheapest methods of drying your clothes is air drying. Whenever the weather allows, hang your garments outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. This method not only saves energy but also prolongs the life of your clothing. If you don't have outdoor space, consider using a clothesline or drying rack indoors. When it's absolutely necessary to use a dryer, throw in some wool dryer balls to reduce drying time and save energy.
3. Eco-Friendly Detergents: Choose Wisely
Selecting the right detergent is essential for eco-friendly clothing care. Look for detergents labelled as "biodegradable," "plant-based," or "phosphate-free." These options are kinder to the environment and won't leave harmful residues on your clothes.
4. Spot Clean and Air Out
Not every piece of clothing needs a full wash after every wear. For minor stains or spots, consider spot cleaning. Gently treat the affected area with a mixture of water and mild soap. Remember to read care labels to ensure you're using the right cleaning method. Additionally, instead of washing clothes after only one use, allow them to air out by hanging them in a well-ventilated area. This practice not only saves water, energy and money, but also extends the life of your garments.
5. Mend and Maintain
To truly embrace an eco-friendly clothing care routine, it's essential to mend and maintain your clothing. Repair minor rips, loose buttons, or loose hems as soon as you notice them. By extending the life of your clothing, you're reducing the need to replace items. Have a look at our socials for some quick sewing tutorials, including replacing buttons and sewing up minor rips.