There are many layers to reducing our individual carbon footprint and environmental impact when it comes to clothing. The first step to a more sustainable wardrobe is opting for fabrics that are better for the environment. Say NO to polyester, acrylic and other synthetics and say YES to earth friendly materials such as organic cotton, linen and tencel.
The production processes of these materials has significantly less environmental impact than their synthetic counterparts as being made from plant fibres means that they are all completely biodegradable. Another layer to consider is the use of harmful textile dyes which can end up in public water supplies, natural plant based dyes are so much better for the environment and are important to look out for when you are on your journey to a more sustainable wardrobe.
( Check out our beautiful range of botanically dyed intimates here. )
The final layer and perhaps one of the most important, is the way we take care of the garments that we already own. According to Fashion Revolution "25% of the carbon footprint of a garment comes from the way we care for it." So what can we do to prolong the life of our clothes and reduce our carbon footprints as individuals? Keep scrolling for your fool proof guide to taking care of your clothing the sustainable way!
1. Soapberries are a thing!
An awesome chemical and plastic free alternative to traditional laundry detergent. They are completely zero waste and compostable, plus they are affordable and can be used for 180 washes. These amazing little berries are the made from the dried fruits of a Sapindus Mukorossi tree. They are hypoallergenic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and odourless too!
2. Use organic Laundry Tonic
To ensure you're not compromising on the fragrance or disinfecting abilities of traditional detergent, ensure that you pair your soapberries with their partner in crime, the 'Laundry Tonic' made from 100% pure essential oil. How lush.
3. Use a microfibre laundry bag
Microfibre laundry bags prevent nasty microplastics from entering our oceans and rivers. It is important to use these bags when washing garments made from synthetic materials to prevent this pollution. Polyester items in particular are one of the main culprits, this fabric can take over 1000 years to decompose and the microplastics that are released during the washing process are a major threat to marine life. (Fashion Revolution, 2019)
4. Laundry bags for other garments
Use laundry bag for more delicate garments to ensure they stay in good condition for longer. All of your LÉ BUNS goodies come with a cute little garment bag. Using a garment bag is a great way to prolong the life of your clothing, providing a protective barrier during the washing process! You can even use this versatile bag to keep your Soap Berries together during a wash cycle.
5. Repair your clothing
Trust me, I am not the most talented when it comes to sewing. But it doesn't take too much practise to get the hang of hand sewing with a needle and thread or a simple straight stitch using the sewing machine. Fixing small holes, altering the size or slightly changing up the fit of a piece you've had in your wardrobe for a while is a great way to refresh the items you already have and ensure you are getting as much use out of them as possible.
6. Don't over wash!
According to Fashion revolution, 9 out of 10 pieces of clothing end up in landfill long before they should!
This is almost always due to over-washing which can very easily cause your garments to fade, shrink or become misshapen. By taking precautions to only wash your items when necessary, and taking care of them when you do, you can ensure that all the pieces in your wardrobe can live a long happy life and stay out of landfill for as long as possible!