The basic rule of thumb of circularity is to wear what we already have. That said, it is important to take good care of our clothes to make them last longer so we can wear them even for years to come.
Here are some tips that can make your pieces last longer;
Wash Clothes Less Frequently
Washing, soaking, using detergent and spin drying constantly can limit the lifespan of your garments. Holding off on washing your items can extend the lifespan of any garment exponentially.
A lot of denim brands advise you to not wash your denim constantly, instead they promote spot-cleaning. It can be easy to throw away your clothes into the laundry bin for convenience's sake, instead hang them up outside and put them back in the closet the following morning.
Paying Attention to Labels
Usually, we are complacent on the labels that are attached to our clothes. However, the labels in our garments dictate the requirements for care of their products. Reading these labels can make your garments last longer, and can help maintain its quality.
Storing clothes properly can extend the lifespan of your garments. Storing clothes in a cool and dry space and making sure that the space isn't damp, exposed to direct sunlight and heat sensitivity, which can seriously damage your garments, can help extend its lifespan.
There are also accessories that can help prevent damage to your garments such as anti-moth balls, lavender essence and wooden clothing hangers that help you prevent misshaping.
Dry cleaning involves harsh chemicals that not only harms the fabric but also the environment. While also running a huge tab on the wallet if you dry clean frequently, dry cleaning can cause garments to lose their color and fade out.
Wash Darker Clothes Inside-Out
A lot of you may realize that garments with darker tones tend to fade and/ bleed to other garments over time. To combat this, try washing your dark clothes inside out and using color protecting detergent. Washing your garment with like-colors also helps lessen the fading, which helps alleviate its bleeding. This helps alleviate the bleeding and fading of colors of your garments, ensuring a longer lifespan to your garments.
Wash at Low Temperatures
When it comes to washing your garments, try to wash them under lower temperatures. Using low temperature wash with gentle and natural laundry detergent can keep garments clean, soft and also can prevent color fading. For an average shirt over a year, 80% of the emissions produced during the ‘in-use’ stage of its life cycle are from washing and tumble drying – washing at 30° or less helps to reduce those emissions, while also protecting your clothes.