It is estimated that 25% of the carbon footprint of a garment comes from the way we care for it.
The other 75% The Common Good Company has your back with our commitment to developing sustainable products that have minimal impact on the environment in production.
The best way to reduce the environmental impact of your TCGCo garment is to ensure you take care of it. Procter & Gamble suggests that a thoughtful laundry regime can make your clothes last up to four times as long.
Washing, drying and ironing account for a large percentage of a garment’s total environmental impact. For this reason, we have prepared the following care guide when washing to reduce your carbon footprint when doing the laundry.
1. WASH LESS
Research suggests we over-wash (wear, wash, wear, wash repeat). This has a major impact on the amount of energy and water we use. We encourage you to re wear your t-shirt and hang out to air rather than washing. In addition you may be able to treat a stain area without needing to wash the entire garment - it's called 'spot cleaning'.
2. WASH ON COLD
When washing we recommend using a cold wash only. According to the EPA, 90 percent of the energy used in washing is spent heating water, which is completely unnecessary and can shrink some of your other garments.
3. USE A WASHING BAG
As a TCGCo is made up of 40% recycled polyester it is recommended to wash your TCGCo garment in a microfibre washing bag. A washing bag will catch any micro-plastics released into the waterways during the wash phase and can be emptied into a bin.
4. DO NOT TUMBLE DRY
An electric dryer uses a lot of energy. TCGCo recommends that you air-dry or line-dry your garment by laying it flat in the shade to avoid fading.
5. NO IRONING REQUIRED
Save on energy and save on time. Can we get a 'Hallelujah'?
To make sure your TCGCo garment does not wrinkle hang them immediately after washing the weight of the fabric will reduce wrinkles and creases.