GARMENT CARE GUIDE.
By caring for your garments well you can extend their lives, and reduce each garments carbon footprint by around 20–30%. Here are a few simple tips to help you maximise the life of your garments —keeping both your favourite pieces, and the planet, in better shape..
a much better chance against that stain on your favourite tee.
Fill Your Washing Machine.
Wait until you have enough to comfortably fill your machine. Also, make sure you avoid overfilling your machine as heavy loads cause friction which wears clothes out faster and may also result in the garments being poorly washed.
Read the Care Label.
Care labels are there for a reason, so make sure you read them carefully. All Tiger + Lilly care labels can be found on the underside of the main label, except those in the shirts and polos, which are found on the inside left of the garment.
Choose a Cool Washing Setting.
Modern washing machines and washing powder are able to do some pretty impressive cleaning using low temperatures. This is not only better for the environment, but it also puts less stress on your garments, prolonging their lives.
Avoid the Dryer.
Choosing to line dry your garments instead of bundling them all into the dryer is one of the most significant decisions you can make to reduce your impact and keep your garments in tip-top condition. Remember to pop them on the line as soon as you can, to keep them as fresh as possible, and to avoid unnecessary creasing.
All garments are not made equal, so treat them as such. Sort your laundry to make sure you’re washing similar colours and types (heavier verses more delicate garments) together to avoid laundry casualties. An important thing to remember is to make sure no garments are going to cause harm to others mid-wash — close zippers, remove anything from pockets, unbutton buttons, etc.
Don't Dry Clean.
Traditional dry-cleaning is generally pretty harsh on the environment, and most dry-cleaners use the chemical Perc, which causes health issues and contributes to air pollution — so it’s really not a great option for anyone. Luckily, none of our garments require dry-cleaning so this can be avoided altogether.
Microplastics are small pieces of plastic, less than 5mm in length, that have unfortunately made our waterways and oceans their home, as a result of plastic pollution. Many synthetic fabrics, such as polyester and nylon, shed microplastics when they’re put through the wash. They’re then flushed out in our water supply, entering the aquatic ecosystem and damaging plant and animal life. Luckily, the majority of our garments are made of 100% natural fibres, which means they’re biodegradable and break down.
Article by AS Colours