Caring for your Garment

 WEAR MORE, WASH LESS.

Caring for your garments helps them last longer, conserve natural resources and keep them out of landfills.

Each piece will require slightly different care based on it's individual composition. Here are some tips to help you extend the life of your treasured items.

USE COLD WATER

Using cold water is better for the environment and for your garments. It also helps reduce colour fading.

HANG DRY

Instead of putting everything in the tumble dryer, try to hang when possible. This saves electricity and slows down fibre degradation, helping maintain the integrity of your pieces.

DRY CLEAN SELECTIVELY
If a garment indicated it should be dry cleaned only, we recommend waiting to clean until absolutely necessary. When the time comes, use an environmentally friendly cleaner who avoids the use of harsh chemicals.  Bring a reusable bag to avoid using the plastic cover they usually provide.
TAILOR IT
People change.  Sometimes we get bigger, sometimes we lose weight, and sometimes we grow. Don't throw your item away - find yourself a local tailor to adjust your garment.
  
REPAIR IT
Clothes are made for wearing.  Sometimes they get damaged.  Perhaps it's the sign of a good night.  Whatever happened, minor damages can be repaired at home. If you're not confident with a needle and a thread, talk to your local tailor.
RE-SELL IT
Sell your PRE-OWNED garments on The Sample Room which offers pre-loved pieces from reputable brands.  
 
DONATE OR RECYCLE IT
You can donate your unused garments for reuse and recycling through a number of routes. Charity shops, collection bags from the door step, textiles banks at supermarkets or the local Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) are all good options.
 
Some councils will also offer a clothing collection service as part of their recycling collection. We recommend using the Love Your Clothes Recycling Locator, where you can pop in your postcode and find out where your nearest textiles bank is.