7 tips to have a more sustainable laundry routine
Sustainability is a mindset that we embrace at every point of our design process. From concept for timeless, long lasting wear, to fabric choice, quality construction and even after our clothing has been sold. We partner with AirRobe as an easy resell option to love your See ROSE Go forward and we encourage these 7 eco-friendly laundry tips as easy ways to introduce more sustainable practices into your routine, today. How we wash our clothes is just one area where we can all make a difference. There are simple changes we can make to our laundry routine that will reduce our impact on the environment. Let’s explore 7 easy tips to wash your clothes more sustainably.
- Wash clothes less frequently
Our Co-founder Erin says, “I tell my kids all the time, do not mindlessly throw clothes in the laundry. Sometimes they are good for another wear and may just need a spot clean. I also don’t need to spend time folding all those clothes too!” Not all clothes need to be washed after every use. Clothes like denim jeans, sweaters, and jackets can, and should, be worn more than once before washing. This will help conserve water and energy. Our insider tip - place denim in the freezer. This kills smelly germs, helps quality jeans last longer and leaves them feeling crisp. If you need help determining how often you should wash your clothes, try airing out, brushing or spot cleaning your pieces first. This could be enough to keep them clean. If not, then they are ready for the wash.
- Wash Clothes in Cold Water
Did you know that washing your clothes in hot water accounts for 90% of the energy used during a wash cycle? That's a significant amount of energy that can be saved simply by washing clothes in cold water. Plus, cold water is gentler on your clothes, which means they'll last longer.
Using cold water instead of hot water could be one of the easiest ways to be sustainable when washing clothes. It will saves energy, reduces your carbon footprint and also helps preserve the quality of your clothes.
- Air Dry Your Clothes
Another big offender is the dryer, it is one of the biggest energy uses in your home and accounts for the majority use of energy while doing laundry. We recommend line drying your clothes outside or indoors whenever possible. This not only saves energy, aka better for the environment, but also helps reduce wear and tear on your clothes, which means they'll last longer, which also means better for the environment. Plus, there's nothing like the fresh smell of clothes that have been line-dried in the sunshine.
- Use Eco-Friendly Detergent
Look for detergents that are free of harmful chemicals like phosphates, chlorine, and synthetic fragrances. If you can, opt for plant-based formula that are biodegradable and don't harm aquatic life. Not only will you be doing your part for the environment, but you'll also be protecting your skin from harsh chemicals. Many laundry detergents contain harsh chemicals like nonylphenol ethoxylate, Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and Phosphates to just name a few. Chemicals contaminate wastewater and significantly harm marine life. Phosphate is a mineral substance that is often listed as a laundry detergent ingredient. However, according to Environmental Working Group (EWG), when used frequently in household products, it can cause skin and eye irritation in addition to contributing to water pollution. Natural laundry detergent can be on the pricer side. Try buying one bottle and incorporate using intermittently. Look for eco-friendly options that are free of harmful chemicals and are made with biodegradable ingredients.
This also includes using more natural stain removers. Stains can be tough to remove, but you don't have to resort to harsh chemicals to get the job done. Instead, use natural stain removers like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. These natural ingredients are effective at removing stains and are gentle on your clothes and the environment. Co-founder Erin Cavanaugh shares her stain remover recipe in our article, ways to help your quality clothing last longer.
5. Wash Full Loads
Washing full loads of laundry is more energy-efficient than washing smaller loads. Not only does it reduce water usage, but it also reduces the number of loads you need to wash, which means you'll save your energy, your home energy and money in the long run.
6. Repair clothes instead of replacing them
When clothes develop small holes or tears, don't automatically throw them away. Learn basic sewing skills and repair them yourself. This not only saves you money- it keeps clothing out of the landfill.
7. Green Dry Cleaner
When it comes to dry cleaning, try an eco or green dry cleaner. They are becoming more present as easy to find alternatives to your usual dry cleaner. Co-founder Yi Zhou says, “First, try to avoid dry cleaning. Most natural fibers like wool and cotton can be hand-washed in the sink or on a delicate cycle. Do the research to wash appropriately. Remember to not apply heat or place in the dryer.” (See our tips for caring for quality clothing.) The chemicals used by most dry cleaners can harm the health of employees exposed, harm the air and your own wellbeing while placing them near your skin.
At See ROSE Go, we create clothing to last in a closet and not a landfill. We do everything we can to ensure items live a long life from the start. If you have loved your clothing and ready to move on, and they are in good condition, see if you can give to a friend or resell them through our circular economy partner, AirRobe so that someone else can love them forward.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the average American throws out 70 pounds of garments every year – with 85% of it ending up in landfill. On top of this, laundry accounts for approximately one quarter of the carbon footprint of clothing. Sustainable laundry practices can be an essential aspect of adopting a more environmentally-friendly wardrobe. From choosing eco-friendly appliances to introducing the 7 easy tips, every effort counts towards reducing our impact on the planet. By following these simple tips and tricks, we can make a significant difference and contribute to a cleaner and greener world for generations to come. Let us know what you think into comments…