When your textiles are dirty
Often, we may ask us selves if our textiles REALLY need to be washed all the time? Perhaps a couple of hours outside in the wind can take the bad smell or perhaps a cloth can remove the stains?
Sometimes it is a matter of thinking twice.
If you are a washing maniac and wash a lot, perhaps you can change your habits one step at the time.
And, perhaps, you can reduce your laundry without jeopardizing your health or look.
Sometimes, our textiles are not dirty dirty (like full of true dirt and bacteria), they perhaps have a harmless stain or need to be folded nicely.
- Hang your textiles in fresh air
- Wipe to clean
Think about it. Your habits and actions matter.
When washing your textiles
When you wash your textiles, it has an impact on the environment.
The less you wash, the smaller the impact.
So simple actually.
And - also the degrees you wash at, has an impact. When washing at 20 degrees Celsius, you save CO2 compared to washing at 40 or 60 degrees.
And - if you quit the tumble drying, then again you will save CO2.
Did you know that, while 62% of the yearly CO2 emission from the textile industry, comes from production while the remaining 38% come from consumers handling their textiles?
And not only the environment is saved. Also your clothes benefit. The less you wash, the longer your clothes will last.
- Wash less
- Wash cold
- Hang to dry
- Use eco detergent (less is more)
- Wash inside out (to prevent fading or pilling and to make the garment last longer)
Even though every single one of us apart has a small impact on the environment, together we have a huge one.
Therefore small changes or improvements matter.
Always think like that.
When you need new textiles
The best environmental protection starts when you
- REUSE and
- ORGANIC farming
- RECYCLED material.
When buying SECOND HAND, you have a mindset like:
one person's trash is another one person's treasure
– and the environment loves you for that.
When repairing your textiles, you truly take responsibility. We support repairing and you may be proud of yourself, when you take the time to repair.
If new textiles are needed, then we strongly suggest you choose the ones from
or the ones made from
Because organic cotton i.e. produces up to 94% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional cotton farming.
And, because organic farming respects the soil and the animals around it as well as the workers.
Because as of today, we use too much compared to what our planet can handle.
So, humanity in general has to see opportunities in our trash and waste.
We support you being an environmental care taker. We love you taking jointly responsibility, not being fanatic but realistic.
When you want to get rid of your textiles
When your textiles no longer meet your needs and repairing is impossible or unwanted, then there is several alternatives to throwing them in the bin.
Instead, give your textiles a new life.
Here are some suggestions of what you can do:
- Turn your old textiles into new goods ...
- Kitchen or cleaning cloths, shoe bags, cushion covers, tablet sleeves, etc.
- GIVE IT AWAY
- To friends or family, charity, etc.
- SWAP IT
- With friends or family, at markets, online services, etc.
- SELL IT
- At flea markets, online services, etc.
Links and tips
Words of wisdom from others
- “We recommend 6 or more months of daily wear before washing. Why? Because we dig that worn in look where your jeans tell a story. Washing your denim too early is great if you want an even, clear blue tone. There are no right or wrong way to break in denim as long as you love and respect your jeans.” Source: Nudie Jeans
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