Let's Talk Garment Care•
Posted on February 24 2022
3. Reimagining your garments
Wash your clothes in cold water!
Did you know that cold water works just as well as hot water in cleaning your clothes in a laundry machine?! Not only that but it significantly reduces energy use AND is much more gentle on your clothing fibers and fabrics. Click here to read a great article about this from Apartment Therapy and start running cold cycles only in your washer! If you're concerned for special knits or extra delicate fabrics we also recommend washing by hand in cold water or taking to an Eco-friendly/green dry cleaner!
Hang or lay your garments flat to air dry!
Speaking of reducing energy - you can do some major saving by air drying your clothes! Drying your clothes in a machine and with heat is one of the quickest ways to wear your fabrics down. I personally use a dryer on low heat ONLY to dry bedding and towels that need some fluffing, but I air dry ALL my clothes! Air drying helps garments maintain their shape and maintain the quality of your fabrics. Click here for a great article with 8 good reasons why and how you should air dry your clothes!
It can also help to understand the different fabrics that make up your garments, as different types of fabric often require different care! See below for info on some common natural and synthetic fabrics and some tips for each.
Mend, patch and repair your clothes!
Fast fashion has trained us to toss or donate clothes the second they get a hole, tear or stain. But did you know that roughly 65% of unwanted clothes end up in landfills (yes this includes clothes you've donated - google it)!? Re-stitching, patching, and repairing your clothes can extend their life while also giving them unique characteristics (and if you don't want to do it yourself, we bet you have an amazing tailor in your nieghborhood)! We're excited to now carry the book Mending Matters by Katrina Rodabaugh in the shop which is a great guide to mending and includes a lot of how-tos! Click here to purchase.
Don't be afraid to reinvent your clothes!
Sometimes we buy things a little trendy, or we just aren't feeling it anymore. This is where I'd encourage you (and is something I'm also personally working on) to reimagine and reinvent your clothes! Whether it is dyeing something a new color or deconstructing it to change the silhouette, there are so many opportunities to get creative with what we have! I recommend giving @laurskemp a follow for the ultimate inspiration in reinventing pieces. And we also added a book on natural dyeing in the shop if you want to experiment with some color play! Click here to purchase The Modern Natural Dyer book by Kristine Vejar.
Final Tip: Wash your clothes less!
I know this won't apply to everything (definitely wash your undergarments after each wear 😉), but for most normal clothes you can wear them 3 or more times before washing. This especially applies to outerwear, second layers that you wear over other clothes, heartier items like denim, and items you wear without staining or sweating in!
Like all things sustainable - there is no single right answer and one size does not fit all. The best thing to do is do what you can with what you have! If you have any more questions or want to chat more on this topic, feel free to shoot me an email!
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