3 Clothing Hacks to Help Make Your Clothes (and Earth) Last Longer

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Without further ado:
 
1) After a wash, let your clothes hang dry when you can. It's way easier on the fabrics (especially the delicate ones) and it saves you energy by not running the dryer. You know that lint collected in the trap? That's the dryer shortening the life of your clothes!
Dryers can account for 12% of your home's energy so dry racks and clothing lines (where permitted) are best. There are few smells and feels that compare to clothing that's been dried by fresh air and the sun! You can also use the backs of chairs, doors and their nobs, your staircase post, side of your tub the list goes on. If you were a clothing, where would you hang out?
Washing our clothes releases microfibers (like polyester and nylon) into the water. Wastewater and microfibers are disposed of into the ocean > animals in the ocean mistake these particles for food > plastic when ingested is poisonous > ecosystem = :( In other words, we end up eating the animals and/or plants that ate the plastic that ate the animal and/or plants that ate the plastic that ate the animal and/or plants that ate the plastic that ate the animal and/or plants that ate the plastic that ate the animal and/or plants...(mind explodes)
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2) Washing your clothes in cold water with a liquid detergent when you can. Cold water washes also help reduce fading of colours and shrinking in fabrics. It reduces the amount of water used and overall amount of microfibers released for not having to wash as long.
**It's important to note that not all cold washes are created equal. Cold water temperatures for washes vary from place to place. If your tap water reads below 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit, using a cool setting is worth it. It will add a small amount of heat to the wash but at lowest possible amount required to activate the effectiveness of the detergent.
This is also not to say hot/warm water washes are becoming obsolete or "wrong". They are still best for effectively killing bacteria/sanitizing germs or washing clothing that's heavily soiled. Rather, reduce the total amount of hot/warm water washes when you can. Always check the label and the stain first!
3) Buy high-quality clothing when you can. As a general rule, high-quality fabrics last longer and feel better than their counterparts. Your clothing will get beat up during the washing process and your day-to-day.
Higher quality = higher defense to the elements = higher quality environment.
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