garment care

25% of the carbon footprint of a garment comes from the way we care for it.*

Plastic microfibres shed off synthetic clothes in the wash. Microfibres are the biggest source of microplastic pollution in our oceans and they’re ending up in our food. Here are some tips to reduce our laundry environmental impact.

 

Use an efficient washing machine

You can potentially save 30,000 litres of water every year just by using an efficient washing machine.

Wash full loads

By reducing the number of loads, you’ll save water, energy and money. Be sure to fill the drum ¾ full.

Wear it more than once

Some clothing items don’t need to be washed after each use i.e. denim, outerwear, t-shirts. Spot wash where possible or just air the item out.

Use an eco-friendly detergent

It is definitely best to use a natural detergent. Conventional detergents can contain ingredients that are harmful to you, your clothes and the environment.

Cold wash

Washing clothes in a cold wash not only saves energy, but research suggests it can also limit microfibre shredding as cold water doesn’t wear your clothes as much as hot water.

Don't use the tumble dryer

Tumble dryers use a lot of energy and also wear your clothes out quicker. Line drying where possible is best.

Natural fibres

Synthetic textiles are made from plastic so it’s a no-brainer to purchase products made from natural fibres instead. Cotton, hemp, bamboo… there is certainly no shortage of options.

*Reference: WRAP Valuing Our Clothes, 2017