The care of our garments is essential to make them last longer, but not only: that's why we must treat them well!
Taking care of our clothes is much more important than we think. The reason, in reality, is simple: the longer a garment lasts, the less we will need to buy a new one. Which means that that garment will later end up in landfills, with the consequent decrease of its impact on the environment.
Sustainability: why it is important to take care of our garments
Unfortunately, only a fraction of our discarded clothing is actually recycled. We are talking about percentages similar to 1%: a trifle on the total. The rest ends up in landfills. If you think about how many items you give away, discard or stop using at each change of season, you realize that, if you multiply that number on a global scale, the volume is worrying. The good news is that we can actually do something.
How to take care of our clothes
First of all, when you buy a garment, read the label: it will tell you what types of care it will need. My advice is to buy clothes that you can easily wash at home, with a domestic washing machine, at least for those of daily use, excluding winter outerwear. In this way, you will be encouraged to use them more often, because you will know that you can take care of them independently, without resorting to professional washing.
Try to avoid high temperatures, preferring washing at 30 ° or 40 °, which stress the fiber less and allow it to last longer. Same thing goes for spinning: prefer washing cycles at low spin speeds (900/1200 maximum for cotton). Even the turns and the rattling in the basket, in the long run, ruin the fibers.
Sore note: avoid the dryer as much as possible. Unfortunately, in the long run, the dryer frays the garments, because it lifts the fibers and combs them. You know all the fluff that you remove from the filter each time you use it? Here, those are "pieces" of your garments that gradually come off and are thrown away. In the long run, the fibers will thin, wear out over time, or peel (those annoying balls that immediately make the garment old and worn).
The products to use
If you really want to be environmentally friendly then, prefer bulk detergents on tap and choose them environmentally friendly. You don't need big things to have clean clothes. Percarbonate is sufficient as an additive: it sanitizes, whitens and stains at 30 ° and is not harmful to the environment. As a softener, try citric acid: very minimal expense and guaranteed effect with almost zero impact. Another important thing: with each washing of synthetic fibers, large quantities of microplastics are dispersed into the sea, which make up almost a third of all the plastic in the oceans. How to stop it? With the Guppy Bag, a special bag that captures microplastics and allows you to throw them in the dry.
Remember: the longer a garment lasts, the lower your environmental impact will be. Treat your clothes with care!