At YOUNGº we care about how good you look in our clothes, for as long as you have them! We thought we could share some advice with you, on how you can take care of your new garments, in a way that will extend the life of the clothes and make it last long. Just as important, these tips will help reduce your impact on the environment and take better care of our planet! The washing instructions on the care label are a good starting point for how to care for your garment, but we wanted to share some additional advice beyond the tag.
Air your clothes and reduce the number of wash cycles
No need to wash your clothes every time you wear them, unless they’re noticeably dirty. By hanging a sweater or a pair of pants outside, or in your bathroom, where it is a bit humid, it should be enough to regain that fresh feeling.
Lower the temperature
You will save energy when you wash your clothes in cooler temperatures, by using the eco settings on the machine, and/or choosing shorter cycles. It is often enough to wash your clothes on 30°, if they are not very dirty. When you wash at lower temperatures, it is best to use a liquid detergent instead of powder, since it dissolves better.
Use the dose of laundry detergents recommended on the box or bottle, since using more than this will not make your clothes cleaner and will only have a negative environmental impact. Try to avoid using fabric softeners, unless you are washing garments that are 100% synthetic, such as polyester, as this removes the static electricity in the garment. Also avoid dry cleaning unless the label states, “dry clean only”. Dry cleaning and fabric softeners have a greater negative impact on the environment, so only use them when they are necessary.
Use a laundry bag
When washing fine and thin materials such as silk, jerseys, viscose and wool, use a laundry bag to protect these delicate clothes.
Machine drying vs. air drying
Tumble dryers use a lot of energy. It is better for your clothes and for the environment to hang your clothes to dry.
Pilling is a common occurrence in natural materials such as wool. Use a sweater stone or clothing brush gently across your clothes to remove pilling and refresh the look.
Recycle or donate
When you no longer use or like your clothes, swap them or donate them. Zero environmental impact!
Repair or redesign
Value your clothes, consider repairing before replacing. Repairing is one way to extend the life of your clothes but you might also consider a fun redesign instead.
Wash symbol explanation