It is estimated that the average American throws out 81 pounds of clothing each year. 10.5 million tons of clothing ends up in landfills in our country each year. By taking better care of our clothing, we can extend its life, therefore reducing the amount of clothing that ends up in landfills.
25% of the carbon footprint of clothes comes from the way we care for them. We can reduce our carbon footprint by washing our clothes at cooler temperatures and air-drying. Your garments will last longer too.
Always hand rinse (even better, soak your swimsuit with cold water after swimming). This gets out the salt water or chlorine that would deteriorate the material and elastic over time. A mild soap or detergent may be used. Do not wring or bleach. Air dry flat to avoid stretching. Avoid drying in direct sunlight as over time the fabric may fade. Do not tumble dry, iron, or dry clean. Direct or high heat will ruin the integrity of the swimsuit over time. Always make sure your swimsuit is completely dry before storing to prevent mildew. Sunscreens, tanning products, and spa baths may leave marks on your swimsuit. If you stain your suit try using a chemical free dish soap to remove the stain. A foam make-up wedge is a good tool for removing stains and marks.
Washing by hand and air-drying your bras and panties will help them last longer. High heat, via either water or air in a dryer will degrade the elastic as well as the fabric of your intimates. Your bras will go further by wearing them in rotation so that the elastic has time to rest and recover in between uses.
Pajama & Slip Care
For all cotton or silk pieces we recommend washing by hand in cold water and laying flat to dry. You can also dry clean if preferred. Our silk is pre-washed, therefore it will not shrink or distort.
We create high quality garments to ensure that they live a long life. When the time comes or you are done enjoying them, please donate them so they do not end up in a landfill. While your unmentionables might not be what someone else is looking for, a textile recycler can recycle the fiber and it can be used in a variety of other ways.
If you are in the New York City area, check out the GrowNYC website for a list of 27 greenmarket drop off locations around the city. Items donated through this service are taken to a sorting facility where they are sorted into different grades, with an effort to recover as much usable clothing as possible for distribution to second-hand markets. Material that is not suitable for reuse will go to recycling markets to be used as wiping rags or shredded for low-grade fiber products such as insulation.
Not in the New York area? Simply google "textile recycling" and your city to find a service near you.