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Wearing your clothes for 9 months longer can reduce carbon, water and waste footprints by 20-30% (Wrap). The more we look after our clothes, the longer they last. Simple. Here are our top tips to make your clothes last. 

Wash your clothes less.

We all know that it takes a lot of water to wash your clothes. According to Energy Star, an average household completes around 400 loads of washing a year, using over 51,000 litres of water. Please don’t take this as stop washing all together, but think about every time you wash a piece of clothing, is it noticeably dirty or smelly? If not, challenge yourself to wear your garments at least three times before you wash them.

Follow Stella McCartney’s advice that ‘if you don’t absolutely have to clean anything, don’t clean it.’ The more you wash clothes, the quicker they wear out. Often, airing and brushing clothes is enough.

Lower the Temperature.

Lowering your washing temperature to 30°C can save an enormous amount of energy, and you still get the same effective results! For example, washing at 40°C uses around half as much energy as washing at 60°C.

A lower temperature also retains colour fastness, reduces shrinkage and increases the lifespan of your garments!

Swap to Eco-Friendly Detergent

Detergents can contain fossil fuel-based substances which do not biodegrade, also poisoning underwater life. There are plenty of eco-laundry products that are made from biodegradable, plant-derived ingredients, free from optical whiteners and phosphates, such as EcoEgg.

Use a Delicates Bag

Investing in a few delicate bags will help preserve the lifespan of your intimates, preventing any snagging, catching and tearing. The Guppyfriend washing bag protects synthetic garments from releasing toxic microfibres into the our oceans, whilst protecting garments from any snagging. 

Air Dry

Save energy and leave clothes to dry naturally, outside on a clothesline or a drying rack inside. A dryer not only is energy-consuming, it often overheats, shrinking garments and reducing elasticity in intimates.By switching to air drying, a person could save nearly half a tonne of CO2 emissions, rather than using a dryer 200 times a year.

Avoid Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning might be essential for certain materials and fabrics but a lot of harsh chemicals are used and can still cause garments to wear out and fade. Avoid using harsh chemicals and hang the garment in the bathroom while you shower, allowing the steam to refresh your outfit.

Or, search for greener methods of dry cleaning that clean clothes using only carbon dioxide reclaimed from industry. This type of dry cleaning therefore does not release chemicals.

Steam away

Who likes ironing anyway? Get those creases out by steaming, or alternatively, hanging your clothes in the bathroom whilst you shower. 

Hanging out your clothes straight away, helps to eradicate wrinkles and the water retained pulls the garment down, gravity helping remove wrinkles. Fold well after to decrease the need for an iron, saving energy and time!

Repair & Mend

Don’t just throw out a piece if a button has fallen off, a zip has broken or it doesn’t quite fit like it used to - grab your sewing kit or support a local tailor to give your garments to repair and restore!