Did you know that the largest environmental impacts of the whole clothing life cycle come from the use phase of the clothing? The life cycle of clothes includes the planning, manufacturing, logistics, selling, use phase and after-use phase of clothing. From fabric manufacturing to recycling old clothes, washing and caring for your products consume relatively the most energy and water. Luckily you can affect this issue by the way you wear, care and maintain your garments!
Not only does the right kind of care of clothing reduce the environmental impacts, but also prolongs the life cycle of the clothes. So by caring for your R/H pieces you get to wear them again and again. ❤️ Remember to read the full care instructions and always follow them, but here’s a few extra tips on maintaining your beloved pieces and making them last from generation to generation!
WASHING & MAINTAINING
- Firstly, separate your laundry by color. Never wash dark colors with whites.
- When possible, wash with cold water. It saves energy and is better for the environment! Hot water can cause shrinkage and detach color, so using cold water makes your clothes last longer and retain their shape.
- Wash by hands and/or use a washing bag. Washing machine creates friction which wears out the fabric, so the washing bag will protect your clothes.
- Instead of fabric softener, use vinegar. It’s more natural and eco-friendly, and makes clothes smell super fresh!
- Wash less! Instead of washing, you can freshen your garments by steaming or airing them out. Also, putting them in the freezer kills bacteria. It’s always good to use an undershirt for example under your Magic Sweater, so it won’t be in touch with your skin and therefore you can wash it less. This too saves water, energy and your clothes!
- Lastly, always follow the care instructions.
CARE & REPAIR
- Instead of a tape brush use an old school clothes brush! It’s excellent for getting dust and dry dirt off the clothes while smoothing out the fabric and making it look fresh.
- Over the time wool products naturally get lint on them. We recommend using a wool comb to keep your knits smooth.
- Repair tears and holes as soon as possible since they might tear even more in the washing machine! Small breakages are easy to fix, and bigger ones a seamstress can help with.
- Hopefully you’ll never get bored of your R/H pieces, but if you do, we encourage to give them a new loving home! Our products are in demand among second hand buyers.
- If your garment is completely worn out, you can utilize the fabric by making cleaning cloths and dish cloths out of it.
- When all above is done but there’s still some textile fabric left, remember to recycle it appropriately.