A big part of the clothes we discard either ends up in a landfill or gets burned, and a lot of the clothes we donate to thrift shops, run by charity organizations, are in such poor condition that it cannot be resold. By changing little things in the way, we take care of our clothes, we can extend the lifetime of our clothes remarkably. Now the question is how do we take the best possible care of our clothes, so that it can have the longest possible life?

Think before you wash

Frequent wash is hard on your clothes, shortens its lifespan and strains the environment.

Therefor smell and look at your clothes before you decide to wash it. If there are no stains and it doesn’t smell, then there is no reason to wash. When you do wash your clothes then wash it as cold as possible, 30°C are just as good as 40°C, with the lowest possible rotation and only wash when you can fill your washing machine up completely.

How can you make sure that your clothes don’t get worn down and lose its color quickly?

The color on your clothes will last longer if you wash it with similar colors. If you wash an orange sweat set with a white t-shirt, you risk miscoloring your clothes in a way that can’t be corrected.

You can also minimize the strain you put on your clothes by washing it inside out. This way you protect the outside of your clothes, which therefore still will look new and fresh for a longer period. If you want to be extra gentle to your clothes during machine wash and be a little better to the environment in an easy way, then use a washing bag. The washing bag protects your clothes and collects potential micro plastic, which you can then get rid of in a responsible way.

Air drying is the best you can do

Not all textiles can tolerate being put in the dryer, and almost all textiles gets damaged while in the dryer. Most of our clothes is made of a mix of materials, one example could be our sweat set which is made of 10% polyester and 90% cotton. Even though there is only 10% polyester in the sweat set, you can still risk that it melts in the dryer and wrinkle your clothes permanently. Besides that, the heat tears so much on your clothes that it can lose its color. So, air dry your clothes as much as you can and if possible do it outside.

Repair your clothes

Repairs can be necessary to extend the lifespan of the clothes. For example, if the zipper in your most beloved fleece breaks and you don’t have the skills to fix it yourself, but you don’t want to throw it out just to by a new one, then take it to a tailor - they will always be able to help you. When you repair your clothes, you can extend its lifetime remarkably and in doing so also the joy of wearing the clothes. Which is why you always should try and repair your clothes before throwing it away.

Our products are made to be used repeatedly. Help us make sure this is possible by washing as little and as cold as possible, airdry and repair your clothes whenever you can. That way you are not only doing yourself a favor, but also us, your clothes, and the environment.

If you have a good idea as to how we together can take even better care of the environment, then you are more than welcome to contact us on contact@h2o-sportswear.com.

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