Responsible consumption isn’t just about improving the way we make things, it’s about changing our relationship with them.
Extend the life of your clothes by mending, altering and following care instructions. Simple changes in the way you wear, wash and care for your clothing can make a huge difference on the environment, as well as making sure your garments last as long as possible.
Did you know that clothing's greatest environmental impact happens during the care cycle? It's sometimes hard to imagine, but care—washing, drying, ironing and dry cleaning—uses more energy and toxins than raising fiber, spinning, dyeing, manufacturing or transportation.
1. Wash Less
Wash only when necessary to reduce your use of water, energy and detergents (apart from socks and undies). Items not worn next to the skin usually don’t need washing after just one wear.
2. Fill your washing machine to the max.
Half loads use almost as much energy and detergent as full loads.
3. Switch to Cold Water
When a proper wash is needed, we recommend cold handwashing. It’s much kinder to your clothes and the environment. This simple act can cut your energy impact by up to 90 percent, reduce microplastic fibre release and CO2 emissions. Hot water also tends to open up the fibers of the fabric which encourages the dye to escape and run.
4. Avoid long washing cycles
Longer periods of washing cause unnecessary wear & tear and increases microplastic fibre release.
5. Wash dark colors Separately.
All of our naturally dyed pieces are dyed with either plants or minerals or a combination of the two, and as such may behave slightly differently from synthetic dyes when it comes to care instructions.
Always wash the colored garments together with similar color (separate them from white or lighter color garments) in cool/cold water as the natural dye will bleed throughout the first few wash cycles.
6. Wash your garment inside out.
Rubbing of garments with another during washing creates friction and this friction results in fuzziness, rough hand feel & pilling. - washing them inside out prevents this change in physical appearance affecting the outlook of the garment.
Turning your garment inside out will reduce friction and micro-breakages in the fibers which lead to the release of dye. It also prevent all the buttons, rivets, zipper on the surface of the garment from undergoing the grind of washing hence make your garment looking newer longer.
7. Read the composition and care tag inside your garments
Every material is unique, and as such each requires a special type of care for longevity and optimal performance. Please read the washing instruction inside your Lanivatti garments for the most suitable washing techniques.
7. Be gentle with stains
The most important step in removing any stain is to immediately run it under cool water, and to not rub it in (hot water will only make the stain spreads). Treat stains right away by gently working some natural stain remover or liquid detergent into the stain with your fingertips.
Aggressive scrubbing can damage fabrics.
Petroleum based 'stain-removing' spot treatments are risky, as many of them contain lightening agents, and with naturally dyed pieces, we prefer not to go that route.
8. Choose Natural Detergent from Plants Not Petroleum
To preserve the texture and color of your garment, it is highly recommended to wash with pure natural soap. Chemicals and dyes aren't renewable and most don't biodegrade. Look up anything you can't pronounce—you can Google all the ingredients. We recommend against using fabric softeners, both because they're incredibly toxic and many of them contain pH adjusters which can react to natural dyes.
9. Line Dry
Conventional tumble dryers are a huge energy culprit. To save valuable resources and extend the life of your clothing, always line dry your clothing out of direct sunlight.
10. Steam Instead of Iron
Steaming saves energy and freshens clothes, extending the time between dry cleanings.
11. Hand Wash Instead of Dry Clean
Read care labels and you'll be surprised at how many fibers can be hand washed. If possible, always opt for Green Dry Cleaners. Traditionally, dry cleaning has always involved a chemical called “perchloroethylene” or “perc” for short. While effective, perc is a known carcinogen and is classified as toxic waste, as well as being a ground water contaminent, meaning it’s not only harmful to our bodies, but also pollutes our water supply.
Vivaglo Colorwash was born out of an idea to provide professional dry cleaning, which is safe and non-toxic to our bodies and the environment. Vivaglo is the first in Indonesia to use Intense for dry cleaning and no nasty, toxic chemicals. http://vivaglo.co.id/
12. Store your clothing properly
Either hang your clothes on good quality hangers or fold neatly.
We believe that if you’re able to repair something, it’s much more likely to last. That’s fairly straightforward, but some things are much easier to repair than others. We select materials for our garments that are hard-wearing and easy to repair.
These days clothes are usually thrown away at the first sign of a rip or tear, and we shouldn’t underestimate the environmental impact of this practice (about 85 percent of textile waste in Indonesia goes to landfills or is incinerated.) By keeping our clothes just nine extra months, we can reduce related carbon, waste and water footprints by 20-30 percent each.
Repairing your clothes
AND MAKING THEM LAST LONGER
If possible turn your garment inside out then pin the tear together even if the damaged area is only small. This will allow you to focus on on keeping your stitching even. Using backstitch, start and finish your stitching around 2cm before and after the missing stitches. Replace any extra stitching that previously existed. Further information: Wikihow
Repairing hems by hand
Hemming skills will open up a whole new world for your fashion wardrobe. It's important to remove any creases and bumps so that the garment is sitting flat and the hemline you create will be accurate. Make sure you protect your iron-board and iron by using a piece of cotton fabric underneath and on top of the tear as you iron. Further information: Wikihow
Make a creative feature
If damage is in a prominent position or you think a regular mending technique just wouldn't look quite right, the best solution might be to disguise the damage by turning it into a feature. Consider using embroidery, ribbon, lace or even adding a pocket to the design.
Reduce & Reuse
When it comes to curating a sustainable wardrobe, don’t just go ahead and throw out all of your cheap fast-fashion threads – that would be counterintuitive in your pursuit of sustainability. Keep your things and wear them, swap pieces with your friends, or donate them to charity, and when it the time comes for a wardrobe refresh, consider picking something from one of these sustainable fashion brands.
We don’t just need to address carbon emissions, water usage, and pollution — we need to end waste, celebrate what we already have, and only buy things that we’ll really love.
Share your happiness
#TukarBaju is Zerowaste.id initiative to address the landfill problem in Indonesia by organizing clothes swap events in Jakarta and Yogyakarta. https://zerowaste.id/tukarbaju/
Indobox Asia is a website that will help you to organize and distribute your donation. Simply call them to get an empty donation box delivered to you, select the organization preferred and your box will be delivered within 2-3 weeks. https://www.indoboxasia.com/donate-a-box