Life of Mila.Vert clothes: Taking Care both of Clothes and Nature #3 August 16 2019
In the past two blog posts you could read about the background of the organic fabrics and socially responsible companies we work with. Today we are going to focus on how to take care of the clothes in your closet so they can keep you company for as long as possible.
When buying a piece of clothing, the care instructions are very often something that coinfluences the final decision. If the guidelines seem too complicated at first glance, the item is simply not going to end up in your closet. But worry not; by now, you probably know that Mila.Vert likes to keep everything hassle-free. Sustainable materials, responsible production and nature-friendly clothing care guidelines go hand in hand – and they're everything but inconvenient.
A sustainable, long-lasting closet is made of timeless pieces you will love to wear year after year and is simple to maintain.
First and foremost, let's talk about doing laundry.
- One thing to consider – not every clothing item needs a wash after being worn once. Natural organic fabrics like cotton and linen can be aired between wears and still feel fresh on the skin the next time you put them on.
- When the pieces of clothing need a wash, make sure you use natural, organic laundry detergent. There is an increasing number of efficient and budget-friendly brands available on the market.
Natural organic fabrics like cotton and linen don't have to be washed after every time you put them on, but can instead be aired between wears.
- Avoid ingredients with long, complex names like those found in general store laundry detergents such as sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate (SLS), 1,4 dioxane, phosphates, formaldehyde, linear alkyl benzene sulfonates, chlorine bleach, optical brighteners, quanternium-15, nonlphenol ethoxylate, diethanolamine, polyalkylene glycol, ethylene oxide, benzene, unspecified fragrances and stabilizers. They are likely to be carcinogenic, disruptive towards your body's hormonal functions and harmful to aquatic life according to the European Health and Safety Authority (find out more here: https://www.hsa.ie/eng/Your_Industry/Chemicals/Legislation_Enforcement/Detergents/Detergent_Regulations/, https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:02004R0648-20120419&qid=1406037728667&from=EN, https://www.aise.eu/our-activities/regulatory-context/detergents.aspx#).
- When it comes to fabric softeners, there is actually little to no need for them, so you can simply skip them. Not only can they ruin clothing items in the long run, they may also be unsafe for you and the environment due to their ingredients (see the list above).
- Use low-temperature, eco programmes to save energy and water.
All of our clothing items can be washed with similar colours at 30°C and 40°C. This includes the seemingly delicate organic cotton knitwear which in fact comes out of the washing and later drying machine even fluffier and softer than it went in.
Once the washing machine has done its job, it’s time for drying. If you can, air-dry your clothing items using either a rack or hangers. Some items prefer to be laid flat to dry, like knitwear, while some can hang without worrying they will stretch.
Our organic cotton knitwear can be washed with similar colours and then laid flat to dry to avoid stretching.
After the clothes have dried, there comes the fun part – the ironing. If you’re not a fan, we can reassure you that not all our items need to be ironed. The cotton and hemp blends used in our Hemp back detail top, Hemp V-cut dress and Rib cotton kimono, for example, may simply be put on hangers to dry and they’re ready to go, not to mention the jumpers and pullovers which are the easiest to take care of. On the other hand, some items such as the Linen top and organic cotton blouses and shirts will appreciate being ironed to get rid of any subtle creases that might have appeared while drying.
To iron or not to iron: you can skip ironing with some of our products while others will be grateful to have subtle creases removed.
Now this is the end of the blog post on clothing care, but the life of clothes doesn’t end here. What to do with them once we’ve worn and loved them for years? In the next post in the series, we will talk about upcycling, recycling, clothing exchanges, charity events, and other means of responsible clothes disposing and keeping.