ratDid you know? About a Third of negative impact on the environment from the clothing industry comes from the way we wear, wash and use clothes! help to reduce the amount of microplastics shed with each wash. It’s important for us to understand how to take care of our garments. Currently there is no solution yet once micro fibres have been catched but we can start the process with the following tips.
Not only can we save water by washing less but our garments last longer too. If a garment doesn’t appear visibly dirty or smells sweaty there is no need to wash them. It can be worn again. Allow garments to hang outside for some fresh air if you’re not sure. Make sure your washing machine is full when you do need to wash, the less space you have in the machine the less microfibres will break off. Always try to keep the temperature of the washing machine at 30c. This will help garments last longer. Hand washing also reduces micro fibres if you want to consider this option.
Try and take care of stains as soon as possible by rinsing the garment under cold water. Warm water sets stains.
Please try and use eco-friendly detergents. They might seem expensive at a glance but I assure you they work just as well and maybe last even longer and they don’t contain chemicals that pollute our environment. If your garments smell a bit sweaty you can always skip detergent all together and just use a rinse cycle on your washing machine, using less water and no chemicals
AVOID THE TUMBLE DRYER
The tumble dryer increases microfibre shedding and makes your clothes more fragile and decreases the longevity of your garment.
There is a real concern that 60% of all materials worldwide are made up from synthetic fibers such as Polyester, Nylon and acrylic all of which are forms of plastic.These garments should be carefully washed to reduce the amount of micro plastic ending up in our water and oceans.
It’s a good option to look for clothing that are made from recycled Polyester and Recycled nylon or natural fibres such as Cotton, Linen and Hemp all together.
UPCYCLE AND THRIFTING
For quite some time up-cycling of clothes and thrifting has become very popular among the younger generation. You can swap, donate or buy clothes at discounted prices which reduces fast fashion and makes a huge difference on our environmental impact and extends the life of clothing. Instead of throwing away, and your clothing ending up on landfills, rather recycle. Donate your clothes to hospices, thrifting & up-cycle stores. If they are still wearable why waste a good thing, expand the life of your clothing. Lighten your eco footprint. Being ocean and nature conscious starts with you.