CLOTHING

Making your clothes last longer

We are all guilty of over-buying clothes. But fast-fashion and increased consumerism are not only bad for our wallets, they are also having a detrimental impact on the world we live in.

We are all guilty of over-buying clothes. Whether it’s that new top in a shade very similar (but of course very different) to the 10 others you have, or if it is the pay-day urge to splash some cash on something new. We’ve all done it, we’ve all been there. But fast-fashion and increased consumerism are not only bad for our wallets, but they are having a detrimental impact on the world we live in.

So making your clothes last you a little longer will literally be saving the planet as well as helping your financial worries. So how can we all make sure that our clothes last a little longer? We are here to tell you all.

Don’t overwash your jeans.

But you do need to wash them! When Levi’s CEO, Chip Bergh, controversially claimed that people don’t need to wash their jeans, we think he was going a little far! Overwashing your jeans does more damage to the material and wears out the material quicker so find a good balance.

Invest in some good pieces.

It might seem counterproductive to spend more money in order to save in the long-term, but trust us, this works. It is much better to invest in good quality materials and ethical brands even if the cost is a little higher. It means you won’t be running out to the shop every week to buy new clothes because they’ve lost their shape. You’ll feel less guilty when buying clothes from ethical brands and you’ll be able to keep the pieces in your wardrobe a little longer.

Don’t overfill your washing machine.

You may think that your washing machine’s capacity is basically how much you can fit in the drum but overfilling the machine is actually damaging to your clothes. Not only do they not wash and rinse properly, but they are constantly rubbing up against other fabrics, buttons and zips. So even though you may save a little water by cramming in the clothes, you are actually doing more damage to the environment and your wallet if you constantly need to replace worn out clothes.

Reduce the amount of detergent you use.

Roughly about 1/2 to 2/3 of the recommended usage is enough! It is in the interest of the detergent brands to get you using more per wash and rebuying their product again and again. Too much detergent can leave your clothes stiff and dull. So take it easy on the washing powder, your clothes will still get clean, we promise!

Try to dry your clothes on a washing line.

Not only will this save you heaps of money on electricity but it’s actually way better for the clothes as well. You don’t run the risk of overheating and shrinking or stretching your beloved clothing.

Don’t hang up heavy jumpers.

The concept of gravity is pretty obvious to us all, but it can be damaging to your most loved jumpers. Hanging up heavy jumpers and sweaters can stretch them and leave them all droopy and sad.

 

Side tip: Store your jumpers with lavender or bay leaves over summer to combat pesky moths.

 

Don’t be afraid to sew some holes.

Wear and tear is part of fashion – “chic-fatigue” it is called now apparently. Just because your favourite top loses a button doesn’t mean you should throw it away and immediately replace it. Instead, just get your sewing kit out and fix it. A quick 10-minute job and it will be as good as new.  

Of course, it’s never a bad thing to treat yourself with a new addition to your wardrobe. But just make sure that you aren’t unnecessarily spending money on items you don’t need or already have. Do a little research into different ethical brands and take a little extra care in making sure you get the most out of each and every item!