Fashion

Environmentally sustainable clothing care

Katie wears a green dress with long poofy sleeves, a nipped in waist and short flouncy skirt. She's carrying a red shoulder bag and wearing pink slip on flats, and has accessorised with Berber style jewellery. In the first image she is twirling and her skirt is flared out.

Can we take a moment to appreciate this floaty skirt? Great! Thank you. Now I want to talk about today’s topic: environmentally sustainable clothing care.

Yes, we all know about washing at lower temperatures, but there are a few more tips I can share with you: 

Katie wears a green dress with long poofy sleeves, a nipped in waist and short flouncy skirt. She's carrying a red shoulder bag and wearing pink slip on flats, and has accessorised with Berber style jewellery. In the first image she is twirling and her skirt is flared out.

1) Wash your clothes less often; only underpants and sweaty gym clothes need to be washed after every wear. I’ve shared some tips on this in recent posts, so have a look! 

2) When it’s time to replace your washing machine, look for a low-water option. Did you know its possible to reduce energy usage in your laundry by up to 50%, and water usage by up to 80%?

Katie wears a green dress with long poofy sleeves, a nipped in waist and short flouncy skirt. She's carrying a red shoulder bag and wearing pink slip on flats, and has accessorised with Berber style jewellery. In the first image she is twirling and her skirt is flared out.

3) Consider swapping detergents. Powder is typically a bit better for the environment vs liquids, they need less water to be made, and often come in cardboard packaging vs plastic. 

4) Most washing machines don’t adjust how much water is used based on load weight, so save up your laundry for full loads to make the most of the water you’ll be using either way. 

Katie wears a green dress with long poofy sleeves, a nipped in waist and short flouncy skirt. She's carrying a red shoulder bag and wearing pink slip on flats, and has accessorised with Berber style jewellery. In the first image she is twirling and her skirt is flared out.

5) Skip the dryer. This was basically unheard of in my American household as I was growing up, and diving into freshly laundered bedding and towels was my favourite – especially if I could get some electric shock action! But now I rely on a dry rack and have homeowner with a clothesline dreams; I don’t even have a dryer. Better for energy conservation *and* reducing my electricity bill.

Dress: designer sample item from 2019 sample sale
Shoes: charity shop 2019
Jewellery: Berber style from local Moroccan craftsman 2014
Bag: 2017

Much love, Katie xo

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