Wash Less, Wear More
Did you know that simply wearing your clothes more and washing them less can make an impact? Not only does this practice give your garments a longer life, but it’s also better for the environment. Such a small act may seem insignificant, but if there are thousands of others doing that same, it adds up very quickly. Plus, who doesn’t want to save on their utility bills?
It starts with the clothes you purchase. When shopping sustainably and choosing slow fashion over fast fashion, we know the initial sticker shock can be a deterrent for some—but when purchasing higher quality clothes that are made to last for years (not months) with manufacturing processes that contribute to a more sustainable future, then the investment is worth it. You’re even likely to save money in the long run! Garmentory is a haven of designers and boutiques from all over the world that share that same vision. Some personal favorites include Bahhgoose and Jen’s Pirate Booty, along with Consignment Brooklyn which carries lots of amazing vintage.
When washing, it’s best to use cold water whenever possible, followed by hang drying to prevent fiber degradation. Wall hooks, like this, are great for those who want to air dry but are tight on space. There are no hard and fast rules as to how often certain clothing items need to be washed, but a lot of clothes can go longer than you think. In the end, it’s up to everyone’s personal judgement as to how often something needs to be washed. And while a dryer isn’t all bad, on average it adds around $0.50 to your utility bill for each load you run.