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.
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.
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.