Save the environment by using the garment steamer more often
By using your hand steamer more often and skipping washes, your clothes will not only last longer, but you will also be doing the environment a great service.
Did you know that you use an average of 60 liters of water with each wash? Just imagine 60 1 Liter bottles of coke. The average two-person household does 3 washes per week. This results in about 10,000 liters of water that you use annually for washing. Great if we can limit this a bit, right?!
The sustainable fashion designer Stella McCartney said in an interview with 'the Observer' that she never washes her suits or take it to the dry cleaners, even adding that you should wash as little as possible. Quite right because, as you can read above, the impact of washing your clothes is huge. But should we stop washing our clothes altogether?
It happens so often that we throw our clothes in the laundry basket at the end of the day, when they are actually not dirty at all. Unfortunately not really a sustainable habit...
1/3 of the environmental impact of your clothes comes from washing your clothes. And this was already known before we learned how big the problem was with microplastics. With each wash, up to 700,000 microplastics are released, which is extremely harmful to the environment. It is therefore better to wash your clothes as little as possible and it is also not necessary to wash your clothes after wearing them once, with the exception of underwear, socks and clothes with a lot of perspiration, of course.
But why do we all think this is necessary? The answer is simple: Smart marketing from detergent manufacturers. Mac Bishop, the founder of a clothing brand whose clothes hardly need to be washed, experienced it when he worked for the Unilever marketing team: “The only way to grow a detergent brand is by making people think they have to wash a lot.”
In addition to water consumption, there is also the energy consumption of a washing machine, which is determined for 80 to 90% by the temperature at which you wash. The higher the temperature, the more power you consume. And high power consumption is -as we know- not only bad for Mother Earth, but also for your wallet.
When we massively follow Miss Stella McCartney's rule: “If you don't absolutely have to wash it, don't wash it”, then we save the environment a whole lot heap. An alternative to make your clothes smell fresher is to hang them outside for a few hours, or let them steam in the bathroom when you're taking a shower. The odors go out and if you make sure there are no stains in it, then you have no reason to wash it.
Or of course, the fastest and most effective way: just put the STEAM'R over the fabric, and your favorite item gets a freshen up: bacteria are killed and light odors are steamed out of the textile. Good luck!