With the proper care, your cherished favorites will continue to look and feel their best. This guide provides you with useful advice to help you care for and maintain a long-lasting wardrobe while looking out for the environment.
Delicate materials ? Use a laundry bag
Wash fine materials like viscose and Tencel ® in a laundry bag. We recommend washing garments with delicate detailing, embroidery, or mesh in a laundry bag as well. Make note: To avoid color change, turn the clothes inside out when you launder.
Hand wash your silks
Silk is a delicate material and should be treated as such. Machine washing is far too rough for such a fragile textile. To avoid shrinkage and reduce the risk of tearing, we recommend you hand wash your silk garments. Simply add a teaspoon of liquid soap to cold water and gently wash the garment. Do not soak it in the soapy water, a good dip will do. Make sure to rinse in cold water after washing.
Mend your clothes
Materials thin. Seams pop. But paying a little extra attention to the wear and care of your wardrobe will prolong its lifetime significantly. We recommend you try to mend and repair your garments before you simply replace them. You can also leave the repairs to a professional tailor or seamstress.
Remove lint and pilling
Soft and natural materials like cashmere, mohair, yak, and wool are prone to pilling. Rubbing during regular use may cause lint and pilling to build up. We recommend you treat your garments made from natural materials with extra care and gently brush them with a sweater stone or comb to remove excess pilling.
Fold and store your knitwear flat
To avoid ending up with shapeless or misshapen garments, do not hang your soft knits. Instead, fold and store flat to keep that new-knit feel intact.
Air out or line dry
To reduce wasting water and energy, think twice before washing. Some garments, like a woolen sweater or a pair of trousers, do not need to be washed that often. Instead, try airing and spot cleaning them first. Airing out or line drying will help regain that fresh feel. Remember: When hanging your clothes out to dry, do not hang them directly in the sun, as sun can bleach the garment.
In doubt? Follow care labels
Wash your garments the right way and they will, in effect, last longer. Check the care label on the inside of your garment to find recommended options. To help you get it right, we have compiled a few easy-to-follow instructions below:
Your retired favorites: reuse and recycle
Are you bored with your sweater? Perhaps your favorite dress is suddenly a little too tight? Before disposing of your old clothes stop, take a moment, and think: Maybe you can pass it on to someone – like a friend, a relative, or a local charity. Donate clothes that are too worn out to a recycling unit. The fibers from your recycled clothes can be used to make new products. Recycling clothes saves raw materials, natural resources, and conserves energy. Extending the life cycle of your clothes will reduce the carbon footprint and gas emissions caused by the manufacturing process.
Lower the temperature
To reduce the waste of water and energy, wash less – and wash at lower temperatures. Remember only to use a moderate amount of gentle ECO labeled washing powder or detergent.