When you properly care for your clothes, they last longer. When they last longer, they don’t end up in landfills. What does it mean to take care of your clothes in a sustainable way? Is it only about the materials themselves, or are there other things to consider? Creating a sustainable wardrobe is not only about how and where you buy your clothes but it’s also about how you care for what you have. A little bit of attention to garment care goes a long way so here are our top tips to make your clothes last.
We create garments that are easy to maintain - most items can be cared for at home. See our most commonly asked questions regarding care below.
Are your items pre-shrunk?
All of our garments have been pre-washed and dyed. The maximum shrinkage of the natural fibers has already been reduced. It could still shrink slightly - the best way to prevent this is to air dry or dry on a low setting.
Can I use the hand wash cycle on my washing machine?
No. Any of our garments labeled hand wash should be washed by hand. When you use the hand wash cycle on a washing machine, the clothes sit in water for too long, which causes damage. Please reach out with specific questions regarding this.
What is the best way to care for Peruvian Cotton?
Machine washable. All of our cotton garments have been pre-washed and dyed, so the maximum shrinkage of the natural fibers has already been reduced. To prevent any slight shrinking, air dry or dry on a low setting. *A note on deodorant: deodorants containing aluminum and/or baking soda can discolor and build up in clothing even after washing. Switching to a natural deodorant will extend the life of your t-shirts.*
What is the best way to care for Baby Alpaca?
We recommend using an eco-friendly dry cleaner to handle your alpaca sweaters once a season. You can also wash them by hand (but never submerge in water, unless you want a shrunken sweater). Add a small amount of delicate detergent into a water basin with cold water. Gently wash your sweater and quickly rinse with cold water, until no longer soapy. Allow to air dry on a flat surface. Fold heavy sweaters rather than hanging them as hanging will cause your sweaters to lose shape and give you those unsightly hanger bumps at your shoulders.
What is the best way to care for Hacci?
The best way to keep this fabric in shape is to wash it inside out. Keep in mind all sweaters pill, no matter what. The easiest way to keep them looking fresh is to use a sweater stone or shaver to remove the pills. Rather than washing/dry cleaning your sweaters, consider using a non-toxic sweater spray to freshen and deodorize between wears.
What is the best way to care for the Sateen pieces?
Wash by hand. We don’t recommend machine washing this fabric, but if you must, use the delicate cycle with cold water and place it inside out in a lingerie bag. (But really, hand washing is the way to go.) Air dry. Stylist tip: to remove wrinkles a steamer is much gentler on fabric than an iron (just be sure to use distilled water in your steamer, as tap water contains minerals that can leave water spots on your garments).
What should I do if something pills?
You can use a sweater shaver to remove the pills. *Be careful, with too much force you could create a hole.*
Learn more about sustainable garment care on our blog post HERE.