1 / Spot or hand wash
Go gently on your garments (and the earth) by choosing to spot clean or hand wash. That way you’ll save water and protect your clothes from over washing. Choose mild, environmentally friendly washing detergent and only use a small amount in cold water.
2 / Steam clean
Hang denim and other cotton items in your bathroom while you shower for a natural steam clean. They’ll be fresh and crease-free, and you’ll save water – just don’t stay in the shower too long!
3 / Machine wash
If you need to do a machine wash, save energy by selecting a cold-water wash. Set the timer on your machine to wash during off-peak times and reduce pressure on the grid. And always run a full load.
4 / Dry
Save money (and the planet) and don’t use a dryer. Instead, use solar and wind power to dry your clothes. Just hang them on the clothesline and let the sun and wind do all the work. Your clothes will thank you.
5 / Ironing
Life’s too short to do the ironing. If you hang your garments to dry on a hanger you’ll avoid peg marks and keep clothes crease-free. You’ll save heaps of energy as well. If you must iron, try doing so while garments are still damp. Dry knits flat in the shade to help keep their shape.
6 / Repair, reuse, recycle
With mindful garment care we hope your BARE items will last for many happy years, but if you decide to stop wearing them, think about where they can go next. There are plenty of alternatives to sending your much-loved items to landfill. Try mending to repair and restore your clothes, pass them on to a friend to wear or even swap an old favourite for a different item. Or you could donate them to a worthy charity.