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I blog about sustainable fashion, earth-friendly fibers like hemp and Tencel, capsule wardrobes, travel wear, and related subjects.
Actually, most of us already know pretty much what to do with easy-care natural fibers like Sympatico's blend of hemp and Tencel. The classic wisdom applies:
- Wash cold unless stained. Hemp is durable and does not require hand washing.
- For stains, use detergent directly or presoak, and use warmer water.
- Don't expose clothing to dryer heat or iron until you’re sure the stain's gone.
- Dry cleaning is ineffective. Hemp does better with washing.
- Keep darks separate.
- Avoid setting wrinkles by removing promptly from the washer/dryer. Over-drying actually increases and sets wrinkles.
- If you hang dry, arrange garment on the hanger and smooth collar, pockets and hems, as needed.
- Heat and moisture remove wrinkles, so spritz or dampen in the shower or throw in the dryer for a few minutes to relax wrinkles.
- If you iron, use fairly high heat. Test on the reverse side to prevent shine, especially on darker shades.
- Hemp is tough: it wears in, not out and grows softer with use. A couple of dryer balls or tennis balls in a cool dryer hasten the process.
- Avoid chlorine bleaches on hemp. Oxy bleach products work better and are more Earth-friendly.
The 55% hemp content in Sympatico’s fabrics dries faster with fewer wrinkles thanks to the Tencel content. It’s the hemp that gives the fabric its remarkable durability and odor-resistance. You can usually get several wearings from one cleaning. A third of a garment’s environmental footprint comes from its care. Here's more about caring for clothing in general in eco-friendly ways.
Customers often ask what's the best way to care for their new clothes. There are some universals that not only help preserve clothing but also are good for the environment. According to a Proctor & Gamble study, washing and drying account for 75-80% of the energy consumed during our clothing's lifecycle. Here are some ideas to [...]
You may be washing and ironing your clothes unnecessarily—here’s why. Do you wash your tops after every wearing? A recent conversation at a craft fair sparked today's blog subject. A customer told me that after years of teaching high school she had begun teaching first grade and found that she no longer had the time to [...]
Speaking at the recent Copenhagen Fashion Summit, designer Stella McCartney offered some advice about clothing care that I think we all intrinsically know, but sometimes don't practice. “The less you wash your clothes, the better,” McCartney said. “I was told that by the tailors on Savile Row when I worked there, and it’s true, clothes [...]