Did you know that you are in power? Power over yourself of course, but in this case I'm thinking about the power you have over the environmental impact of your clothes. 26% of the impact comes after purchase, so it is all up to you how those 26% percents change the world.
What makes the highest impact after you have purchased your clothes? Washing! So to go eco-friendly after purchase means wash less, and cooler.
Not dirty = don't wash
First of all: only wash clothes when they are dirty, I find it hard to imagine that your jeans are dirty after one day, don't you? You only put them in the laundry out of habit, so first step towards a less impact, only wash the dirty clothes.
Smelly clothes? Here's a tip!
And if they smell, did you know you can put them I the freezer? The freezer kills the bacteria and takes away the smell. And best of all? You favorite jeans keeps the color and fit longer since washing them fades the color and ruins the stretch in your jeans.
Wash cooler!If you have to wash your clothes, which you will, wash them in 30 degrees instead of 60, not only is it less harmful on your clothes, it takes half the energy to wash in 30 as it does when you wash your clothes in 60 degrees. Most of the new machines also have an eco option, choose this! If not, just go cooler.
Make sure to stay away from fabric softener, it has a very big impact and is not very important. Normal laundry detergent will make you clothes smell good, so why the extra? Nowadays there is also loads of options to use eco friendly laundry detergents, so always try and find these to keep your conscious good when doing laundry!