Environmentally Friendly Product Care
The increased production of disposable plastic products has overwhelmed the world's capability to deal with them and has resulted in a pressing environmental issue.
By ensuring that the clothing we wash more frequently is made of non-synthetic fibres (such as cotton), we are reducing the amount of microplastics that find their way into waterways.
Once at sea, sunlight, wind, and wave action break down plastic waste into small particles, often less than one-fifth of an inch across. These so-called microplastics are spread throughout the water column and have been found in every corner of the globe, from Mount Everest, the highest peak, to the Mariana Trench, the deepest trough. Microplastics are breaking down further into smaller and smaller pieces. Plastic microfibers, meanwhile, have been found in municipal drinking water systems and drifting through the air. (Source)
Microplastic pollution caused by washing processes of synthetic textiles has recently been assessed as the main source of primary microplastics in the oceans. (Source)
- Only wash your clothing when absolutely necessary, and consider using a cloth or sponge to spot clean.
- Wash your clothing in cold water. Buying detergent meant for cold water will optimize your cleaning.
- Use a filter bag when washing your synthetic clothing to reduce microfibers flowing into your drain.
- Unless absolutely necessary, hang try your clothes. Simple racks for small spaces or clothes lines for larger areas can replace dryers.
- We suggest washing all Relax apparel inside out in cold water and avoid the dryer in order to preserve the awesome design!
- Windbreakers should be spot cleaned with a damp sponge or cloth prior to machine washing to preserve the water resistant technology. Do not put in dryer.
- Tote bags should not be washed as discolouration may occur.