8 tips to save water in your wardrobe
The fashion industry is one of the thirstiest industries in the world. Did you know that an average of 2,700 liters of water is used per t-shirt, which is enough water for an average adult for about two and a half years? Let's get everyone actively involved and avoid further waste!
Here are some simple tips on how to do it:
1. Choose the right materials
It all starts with choosing the material from the pieces in our wardrobe are made of. That is the first thing we should be careful about. Avoid synthetic materials, which are a burden on both the planet and our health. Largely due to invisible microplastics that are released into the water during washing and in the long run can also damage our skin.
We recommend wearing clothes made of natural materials such as hemp, cotton, flax, and the like. But watch out, even here it's necessary to think about how much water is consumed during the production process. Hemp is by far the best in this comparison. To give you a better idea, up to half the amount of water is needed to make a hemp t-shirt than, for example, a cotton t-shirt!
2. Shop at local brands
If you want to know as much as possible about your clothes, start shopping locally! For smaller local brands, you can easier find out the origin, quality, and method of production. And it's almost a rule that local producers are more consistent, more environmentally friendly, and also pay attention to water conservation.
3. Store clothes properly
Once you have bought quality pieces, you must be able to store them properly.
We recommend having your clothes somewhere in a dark place. Its color lasts longer because the sun does not shine on it.
Each piece should be stored differently though – shirts belong on a hanger, skirts, and creases on hangers with pegs, "heavy things" (such as coats, sweatshirts, sweaters) are good to fold because such pieces can be pulled out on the hangers and will not already look good.
And watch out for wire hangers! Often the clothes are torn or pulled out. Use hangers made of other materials instead.
4. Repair your clothes
When was the last time you sew a hole on a sock? Socks are already so cheap and affordable that we learned to throw them away and buy new ones. And we don't just do it with socks anymore…
It's so simple. If the clothes tear or the button falls, let's try to fix it and not throw it away unnecessarily.
5. Select the right washing machine
If you'll be looking for a new washing machine, look not only at affordability and energy consumption but also at its water consumption. The individual models differ from each other in consumption per wash cycle, sometimes by up to 30 liters.
6. Do not switch on the washing machine until it is full
In today's age of luxury, we used to turn on the washing machine whenever it suits us. To save water, however, it would only be good to do this if the washing machine is really full.
7. Wash to a lower level
Little is known that dark pieces benefit from a lower washing temperature. It not only saves water volume and energy consumed but even longer helps maintain the original color of clothing.
8. Forward unworn pieces
Do you have pieces in your closet that you haven't worn for some time? Send them on! You can donate or sell clothes that you no longer wear. You will make not only someone else happy but also our planet.