We do a lot of work behind the scenes to make sure your garment is eco-friendly – but some of the most important work is up to you!
Machine washing, tumble drying and ironing can be responsible for up to 47% of the environmental damage caused by a garment. Rather than giving you a run of the mill ‘hand wash cold’ type of garment care page, here are some tips on how to care for your clothes and the planet.
Tip #1: DO NOT DRY CLEAN
Most dry cleaners use PERC – it’s on the List of Toxic Substance in the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (1999). This chemical is no joke for either human health or the environment. If you are dry cleaning your TAMGA garments, we recommend using only ‘Green’ or ‘Eco’ dry cleaners, and make sure to ask if they use PERC (short for tetrachloroethylene or perchloroethylene).
Tip #2: USE A PLANT-BASED LAUNDRY DETERGENT
Conventional laundry detergent is made from petroleum and contains chemicals that, to put it simply, you don’t want near your body. They can range from skin and eye irritants, to endocrine disruptors (that’s not pretty). Needless to say, none of these chemicals are any good for the environment either. Plant-based detergents are widely available – find them, use them and tell your friends about them!
Tip #3: HAND WASH or COLD WASH
The care tags on most of our garments will advise you to “hand wash cold”. In the case of our naturally dyed Premium garments, this is a must. For all other garments, if you have less than a full load, we really recommend hand washing. If you are using the machine (let’s face it, we all need to sometimes), then make sure to use cold water, a gentle cycle, and a full load. If you’ve got a ketchup stain, no need to wash the whole garment, spot clean it with a small dab of soda water and you’re good as new!
Tip # 4: SKIP THE DRYER
Hang or lay your clothes flat to dry. Not only will you preserve the fabric for much longer keeping it looking fresh, your electricity bill and the planet will thank you.
Tip#5: IRON IF NEEDED
If you live out of a suitcase like the TAMGA team, you will need an iron every once in a while. Our woven Micro-TENCEL® wrinkles way less than cotton, but a crammed suitcase can do amazing things. When ironing TAMGA garments, use low to medium heat.