While we as the producer certainly have the most significant responsibility for a garment's environmental footprint, there is also a lot that you, the consumer, can do in the way you care for your clothing to reduce the impact further. VIMMA produces quality garments that we believe should have a long life - you can ensure this by giving them the proper care. The way you treat your clothing has a significant impact on the lifespan of the garment and the environment. Approximately ¼ of a garment's environmental footprint comes from the way you care for it at home. However, by making small changes, you can significantly improve this.
Only wash your garment when it is needed. By avoiding unnecessary washes, you can quickly reduce your garment's environmental footprint. On top of that, washing also tears your clothing - by washing less, you will keep it looking nicer for longer. Instead of laundering, airing can refresh your garment.
Wash at a lower temperature
By lowering your washing temperature from 60 to 30 degrees, you will use about half the energy per washing lot - and your clothes will still get clean. On the care label on your garment, we have indicated the highest temperature allowed without damaging the clothing, but unless your clothes are very dirty, they can also become clean at a lower temperature.
Using much detergent will not make your clothes cleaner. It can leave marks on your clothes if you use too much. If you use a small amount of soap, your clothes will still get clean, and the water will be less polluted. Look for an eco-labelled detergent to further help the environment. Avoid fabric softeners.
Tumble drying is never a good thing. First of all, a tumble dryer uses a lot of energy. Secondly, your clothes will last longer and look better if you dry them on a clotheshorse rather than tumble drying.
Pilling is common, especially in knitted garments made from natural fibres like merino and lambswool.
Merino wool has a fine wool quality from sheep. Merino is a light, warm and soft wool quality that does not itch like thicker wool grades. Merino wool is a breathable natural fiber that reacts as either warming or cooling according to body temperature. Antibacterial is also one of the properties of merino wool, which makes the wool repel dirt and clean itself. Merino wool knitwear stays good for a long time when you ventilate it as often as possible,
Working with a fabric comb or pill remover is also a good way to clean the Merino wool product. Pilling is a typical feature of wool products, and this is best helped by maintaining the product with a comb.
Viscose is a cellulose-modified fiber and has many of the same properties as cotton. Modified fibers are industrially made textile fibers, although the raw materials for the fibers come from nature. The properties of viscose include beautiful descent, matte gloss and antistatic properties. Viscose is light on the top, it breathes and does not stick to the skin.
Wash the viscose garment upside down in loose water to avoid rubbing the surface of the garment. You can also use a wash bag when washing viscose clothes in the washing machine. For viscose clothes, a washing machine with a delicate wash program at thirty degrees or preferably hand wash is recommended. Do not use fabric softener or tumble dryer. Viscose clothing may shrink or be damaged by excessive washing. Carefully shape the garment wet to the correct dimensions and hang it to dry on a hanger or dry on a level surface. After washing, the viscose garment may feel stiff, but it will soften when dried. Viscose wrinkles easily, so ironing it through a damp cloth after washing is recommended. It is advisable to store viscose clothing in an airy hanger to avoid unnecessary creasing.