Care Guide

How to care for your clothes sustainably

Why you should wash your laundry sustainably

How you care for your clothes has great influence on the environment. This creates about 60 to 80 percent of the energy consumption of a garment when washing, drying or ironing. According to a study by the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union, annually 600,000 tons of detergent and 250,000 tons of fabric softener into our wastewater system. Via the sewage treatment plants, the chemical ingredients can migrate into rivers, lakes and oceans. Perhaps you have also asked yourself whether you should pay attention to something when caring for your clothes and how your clothes can last even longer. To answer these questions we have here the most important care tips summarized for you.

Table of contents

  • The most important care tips at a glance
  • Care Labels
  • The right material care
  • Care & Repair

The most important care tips at a glance

1. wash your clothes only when necessary

A recommended care tip that can save a lot of time and energy is to deliberately avoid a wash cycle. Not every garment needs to be washed directly after being worn once. Thus, clothes made of jeans or wool need to be washed much less often than often thought. Due to the special Structure of wool fibers protects The material from severe odors and at the same time has an antibacterial effect, so your favorite sweater can also be easily aired out on the balcony. The Denim is also suitable for airing and can be worn for up to ten days. You can also put the jeans in the icebox of your refrigerator for 24 to 48 hours to rid the pants of stubborn bacteria.

2. sort your laundry by color

Pre-sorting your laundry by color and material can save a considerable amount of energy, water and detergent. By sorting your clothes, you can wash each pile of clothes with the right program and thus save the Significantly increase the durability of your garments. Separate light and white clothes, as new clothes in dark colors often rub off. You should also separate fine materials and wash delicate clothes in a gentle program. The most important information regarding the materials and the suitable washing program can be found on the washing label or on the product page in the respective store.

3. reduce the temperature when washing clothes

The energy consumption of washing machines depends largely on the temperature of the wash cycle. How to save According to experts from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection, about 70 percent of your electricity consumption, if you wash lightly soiled laundry at 30°C instead of 60°C. However, for hygienic reasons, you should wash underwear, towels, bed linen and baby clothes at 60°C to prevent germ formation. Furthermore, modern washing machines have a variety of different washing programs. The eco variant, for example, is suitable for average colored laundry made of less sensitive materials. For sensitive materials such as silk and wool, hand washing or the gentlest program of your washing machine is recommended to ensure the longevity of your clothes. Additionally you can save more energy by reducing the revolutions of your spin cycle and protect your clothes at the same time.

4. manual stain treatment instead of prewash

It does not always have to be chemistry! Against many stains also help natural home remedies and almost all stains can be completely removed if they are treated directly. However, make sure that you avoid hot water in the pre-wash, as this will only further solidify the stains. A good alternative against oil and grease stains is Mineral water with strong carbonic acid. To treat the stain, simply apply a strong shot to the stain and let it soak for a while. Another alternative is the conventional soapThe stains can be dabbed in and then washed out. Should a drop Red wine landed on your favorite shirt, you can use this Remove with salt in which you sprinkle the surface of the stain and also soak it with mineral water.

5. wash favorite items in a laundry bag

Delicate material like lace but also special vintage pieces with sequins or silk dresses often suffer through the wash cycle. A Laundry bag or net protects your clothes and thus prolongs their life. If you do not have a laundry bag at hand, in this case, you can resort to a simple pillowcase. It is also recommended Clothing on the left side at washthat is, with the seams facing outward. So the right side is protected and your clothes remain wearable longer.

6. hang laundry and do not put it in the dryer.

For most people, washing clothes also involves drying them. In order to wash even more sustainably, however, you should in future dry your laundry Air dry. This is not only more natural and Gentle on the clothesbut Saves valuable energy at the same time. For example, a household that uses a dryer 200 times a year could save nearly half a ton of Co2 by switching to a clothes rack. To prevent wrinkles when air drying, you can hang your clothes on hangers ahead of time. If you don't have a balcony in your apartment, a space-saving overhead clothes dryer is recommended.

7. avoid ironing if possible

In many cases we iron our clothes, although this is not mandatory. This not only leads to a shortened shelf life of your clothes, but at the same time pollutes our environment. There are many tricks to minimize wrinkles in your wardrobe. For example, it helps if you Clothes surrounding after washing on a clothesline or hanger hangs. Should small wrinkles nevertheless occur, it is recommended that the Garment during shower in the wet bathroom to hang. The warm water vapor smoothes wrinkles so in a natural way. If you do have to iron your favorite shirt or blouse, a steamer is recommended. The steamer spares the fibers of the clothing by treating them with steam and does without the pressure that is usually exerted by an iron.

8. store your clothes properly

The sustainable care of your clothes does not stop after drying, because also the Storage influences the longevity of textiles. To minimize the formation of wrinkles, we recommend Blouses, dresses, shirts and blazers on a hanger to hang. On the contrary, knitted clothes should not be hung, as this can change their fit. From this grand advise to keep the wool sweaters neatly folded next to each other in a drawer to stow away. The arrangement of the sweaters next to each other additionally ensures that the textiles do not exert so much pressure on each other.

Look for the Care Label

Of course, sustainable clothing care also includes consideration of the different types of materials. To wash your clothes in the best possible way, you should therefore pay close attention to the material compositions, and the sewn-in care symbols and instructions on the Consider Care Label. In the following section, the most common Care symbols briefly explainedso that you don't immediately lose the overview at the sight of the symbols.

The vat is the most important symbol in textile care and is therefore usually placed first on the washing label. This symbol contains Info about the washing processThe temperature at which the garment should be washed.

The triangle Symbol stands for the bleaching and is therefore not of high relevance. In principle, however, it can be said that only white garments may be bleached. Often, however, environmentally harmful chlorine is used in bleaching agents, which is why you should rather refrain from this process in sustainable textile care.

The dryer symbol reminds directly of a dryer in appearance and is therefore easy to remember. This symbol Contains information on whether and how a garment may be dried.. Special methods for drying clothes are displayed separately within the square.

The ironing symbol is also easy to recognize. This care advice indicates whether and at what level you may iron your garment. However, if you hang your laundry right after the wash cycle, you can often bypass ironing and save energy at the same time.

The circle indicates whether the garment may or even should be dry cleaned.

The right material care

Of course the proper handling of the different materials of your garments essential for a long-lasting wearing experience. The following section therefore goes into more detail about the care of specific materials that are commonly used by fair fashion labels.

Material care

Organic cotton

As a rule, clothing consisting of cotton can be washed in the machine. Due to the robust fabric structure of cotton, the clothing can generally withstand high temperatures during the washing process.

  • Wash your cotton clothes at 30° Celsius max.
  • Protect your clothes with a low number of revolutions
  • Treat stains with an ecological stain remover
  • Separate dark and colored laundry before the wash cycle
  • Shake out your clothes after washing
  • Carefully pull your clothes back into shape when needed
  • Air dry your clothes around after washing
  • Gentle steaming or ironing at max. 150° Celsius
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Material care

Organic wool

Basically, garments made of wool need to be washed much less often, as wool has natural antibacterial and odor-resistant properties. Smaller stains can therefore simply be dabbed off with a damp cloth.

  • Wash your clothes in gentle cycle at low temperature
  • Pay attention to a low number of revolutions (up to 600 per minute)
  • Avoid brighteners and use only mild detergents
  • Carefully shake out your clothes after washing
  • Dry laundry lying after the wash cycle
  • Keep the woolen clothes folded in your closet
  • Remove lint or so-called pilling with a pilling comb
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Material care

Linen & Hemp

Due to the special properties of linen, garments need to be washed less often and can be aired out after wearing. In addition, hemp and linen can usually be machine washed, but to be safe, you should always check the appropriate care label of your garment.

  • Wash your linen clothes at 30° Celsius max.
  • Pay attention to a low number of revolutions (up to 600 per minute)
  • Avoid brighteners and use only mild detergents
  • Hang the laundry around to dry after washing
  • Iron linen favorites with strong wrinkles at medium temperature
  • Avoid wrinkles by hanging the clothes on hangers
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Material care

Tencel™ Lyocell, Modal & Refibra™

For Tencel™ Lyocell garments, you should always check the Care Label first to find out the special features of the garment. In principle, garments made of this fabric are suitable for the washing machine, but the gentle hand wash program or a delicate wash is recommended.

  • Wash your Tencel clothes™ at max. 30° Celsius
  • Pay attention to a low number of revolutions (up to 400 per minute)
  • Avoid brighteners and use only mild detergents
  • Carefully shake out your clothes after washing
  • Carefully pull your clothes back into shape when needed
  • Hang the laundry around to dry after washing
  • Tencel™ must not be dried in the sun
  • Iron your Tencel clothes regularly at low temperature
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Material care

Lenzing™ Viscose Ecovero™

Due to the structure of the fiber, clothing made of Ecovero™ is suitable for the waxing machine, but it is recommended to select the hand wash program .

  • Wash your clothes from Ecovero™ cold
  • Pay attention to a low number of revolutions (up to 400 per minute)
  • Avoid brighteners and use only mild detergents
  • Carefully shake out your clothes after washing
  • Carefully pull your clothes back into shape when needed
  • Hang the laundry around to dry after washing
  • Gently iron your clothes from Ecovero™ at low temperature
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Material care

Recycled polyester

With garments made of polyester you should pay attention to regular washing, because the fabric does not absorb moisture very well, which is why shit stains can quickly lead to discoloration. Due to the special structure and robustness of polyester, this fabric can generally be machine washed. However, it is advisable in any case to check the corresponding Care Label again before washing.

  • Use a wash bag because microfibers come off during washing
  • Wash your polyester clothes at max. 40° Celsius
  • Pay attention to a low number of revolutions (up to 600 per minute)
  • Avoid the dryer for the love of the environment
  • Hang the laundry around to dry after washing
  • Gently iron your polyester clothes at low temperature
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Material care

Tencel™ Refibra™

Refibra™ fibers, the new lyocell fibers from Tencel™, are made from pulp that contains both a proportion of cotton waste from the cutting process and wood. When buying Tencel™ Refibra garments, always look first at the Care Label to find out the special features of the garment.

  • Wash your clothes from Refibra™ at max. 30° Celsius
  • Pay attention to a low number of revolutions (up to 400 per minute)
  • Avoid brighteners and use only mild detergents
  • Carefully shake out your clothes after washing
  • Carefully pull your clothes back into shape when needed
  • Hang the laundry around to dry after washing
  • Gently iron your clothes from Refibra™ at low temperature
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Care & Repair

If, despite sustained care, a seam comes undone after a while or a button comes off, that's no reason to despair. Wear is inevitable when wearing clothes and often the favorite part can be saved with one or the other handle. The following applies here: the garment either repair yourself, organize a darning evening with friends or go to a professional tailor. If you have no previous experience in repairing clothes, workshops and sewing cafés in your area will help you. Here you can learn in a professional environment how to sew on a button, mend holes or replace broken zippers. In addition, we at Givn Berlin offer our own repair service, in which we help old Givn garments to a new shine. Should you be interested in this service, you can always send us a Email us, or just stop by our store.

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