Garments last longer if you wash them less and care for them more. Correctly caring for your garment increases its life span thus helping to conserve natural resources. Follow these easy steps to extend the life of your Olga Joan pieces and keep textile waste out of landfills.
Think twice before washing, methods such as brushing and airing can be enough to keep them clean. Spot clean small marks and stains with natural stain removers. When it is time to wash use a mesh laundry bag to prevent damage.
USE COLD WATER
By just using cold water you are reducing energy consumption of a single load by an estimate of 75% - 90%. Using cold water helps to reduce colour fading and preserves the shape of items by preventing shrinkage. Cold water can also reduce creases, which saves energy and time ironing.
Use only gentle eco-friendly detergents to ensure no harm to waterways. Liquid detergents are more desirable over powder as its causes less friction and shedding. Avoid synthetic clothing that will shed plastic microfibres. If unavoidable use a Guppyfriend® Wash Bag to catch microfibres and dispose the lint in the bin.
Skipping the dryer saves electricity and helps to maintain the integrity of your garments. Ensure to hang items in the shade to prevent colour fading. With fabrics prone to shrinkage, like crepe, reshape the garment when wet to avoid ironing later.
Iron only when really necessary, try hanging items in the bathroom while you shower. The steam will naturally remove creases saving effort and energy.
AVOID DRY CLEANING
If absolutely necessary choose a certified environmentally aware dry cleaner who avoids harmful chemicals and skip the plastic cover when collecting.
WEAR FOR LONGER
The most direct way of reducing negative environmental impacts is by simply wearing garments for longer.
Forget fleeting trends, choose classic styles to ensure longevity of design and circularity of product. Buy high quality pieces made in durable materials. Consider Eco-Age’s golden rule: will the item be worn at least 30 times?
Don’t discard a garment if the fit isn’t perfect, find a local tailor to pinch in, take up or adjust your garment.
Whether it’s simply changing the length from long to short, naturally over-dying for a new colour or creating a totally new piece. Options are endless.
Minor repairs can be easily fixed at home and thanks to Google and YouTube, finding how-to tutorials are just a few clicks away. Our production team is also happy to offer advice when repairing minor damage, simply email a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
READY TO MOVE ON?
If you have one of our garments at the end of its life, you can send it back to us for responsible recycling. Email email@example.com for a free postage return label.
There are plenty of options to circulate items you no longer wear. List items on online marketplaces like Etsy and eBay or on your local Buy, Swap, Sell group. Have lots to sell? Book a stall at your favourite second-hand clothing market.
Only donate clean garments in good condition. Be sure to mend any items before donating, as this will make sure they can be resold. Donating unwearable items causes unnecessary strain on charity shops and items will most likely be sent straight to landfill.
For unwearable clothing, go to Planet Ark’s website to find a recycling centre near you.