It is estimated that the average American throws out 81 pounds of clothing each year and that annually 10.5 million tons of clothing ends up in landfills. Taking better care of our clothes helps them last longer and in turn reduces the amount of clothing going into landfills.
And, did you know that 15% of clothing’s carbon footprint comes from the ways in which it is cared for? Washing at cooler temperatures and air-drying is friendlier for the planet and your garments.
Always hand rinse your swimsuit after swimming. It's even better if you can to soak your suit in cold water. This gets out salt water or chlorine, both of which will deteriorate swim fabric and elastic over time. A mild soap or detergent may be used. Do not wring or bleach, and air-dry flat to avoid stretching. Avoid direct or high heat as well as drying in direct sunlight as all of these can fade the fabric and ruin the integrity of the swimsuit over time. Do not tumble dry, iron, or dry clean. 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.
While our recycled swimwear is a step in the right direction in terms of sustainability, it is still not perfect. When you wash anything that’s made from synthetic material, even recycled synthetics, microfibers, which are tiny pieces of plastic, are shed and can end up in water systems. Less microfiber is shed when these garments are washed by hand versus a machine.
All intimates should be hand washed in cool water with a gentle detergent and air-dried. High heat, via either water or air in a dryer will degrade the elastic as well as the fabric of your intimates. Wearing your bras in rotation allows the elastic time to rest and recover in between uses and will help pieces to last longer.
Pajama & Slip Care
All cotton and silk pieces should be washed by hand in cold water and laid 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 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 located in the Northeast U.S., we suggest using Helpsy, an organization whose main mission is to keep clothing out of landfills. They are textile waste experts and will determine if your used clothing can be reused, recycled or downcycled. If it must be disposed of, they will do so in the best way possible.
If you are in the New York City area, check out GrowNYC 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.
Located elsewhere? Simply google "textile recycling" + your city to find a service near you.