Garment Care

Garment Care is extremely important.

The lifetime of a garment, and the length of time that garment will keep its bright colour and soft touch is down to how you care for it during its lifecycle.

On top of this, far more water and chemicals are used in the care of a garment than in the creation of it this means the sustainability falls onto your shoulders too.

So as a customer, what can you do to be more sustainably minded, and keep better care of the items you buy to allow you to wear them for far longer?

Here are a few ideas;

1. Wash as much as possible with cold water (25 degrees celsius or below), hand wash for special care.

These temperatures use less energy, the only items that require more heat are certain underwear, some sportswear and muddy items. Carefully hand washing is by far the best way to keep a clothing item in peak condition.

2. Limit your use of a tumble dryer.

Tumble dryers are hard on your clothes, and machine drying takes up a lot of water and energy. Hanging your items to dry will stop potential shrinking which could happen from machine drying, its also going to help you save on energy bills.

3. Use delicate and environmentally friendly detergents.

Our favourite is Tangent GC's detergent because it's organic, vegan and fossil free. You can find it here: www.tangentgc.com. However there are a lot of environmentally friendly brands on the market.

4. Don't use fabric conditioners.

Not only are they bad for the environment, they're bad for your health. Evidence also shows they can cause allergic reactions.

5. Use wash bags when washing synthetic garments such as nylon or polyester.

This will trap the micro-plastics that break off the garment and stop it from ending up in your food, as they will no longer reach the ocean.

6. Repair your garments if possible. 

If its only minor damage, it will likely be repairable rather than throwing the item away, which will just result in the garment ending up in landfills. Pulled threads and missing buttons are very easy and inexpensive to fix.

7. Dry clean only when absolutely necessary. 

Try to limit dry cleaning to your occasion wear, coats, leather items and tailored suits. The long-term effects are still unknown, but the toxic chemicals used are disposed as 'Hazardous Waste' so they are not good for you.

8. If possible wear your clothes more than once between washes.

We left this last on the list because some people will take this as an excuse not to wash their clothes. If it smells, wash it. But all jokes aside, this is by far the most sustainable garment care tip on this list. Jeans, Trousers, Jackets and Knitwear are all examples of items that can actually be used several times between washes.

This will also keep the garment in better condition over time as its not put under stress from the chemicals or heat used in the washing process. Airing garments on a flat surface or balcony, will allow the item to retain its shape.


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