Why and How We Should Care for Our Clothes
Written by Rory Quick
Climate change is a multi-faceted problem, in which the burgeoning sustainable fashion industry certainly has a vital role to play. However, the question of how we can clean and preserve our clothes in a planet-friendly way is often overlooked. Luckily, not by all, Kyle Grant and his team have come up with an ingenious solution.
Founded in 2017, ‘Oxwash’ are on a mission to end irresponsible washing, for good. By re-engineering the laundry process, through innovative methods such as water filtration and recycling, to capturing and preventing over 95% of plastic microfibres from entering our oceans, they have proved that a higher quality clean than ever before, with the lowest possible impact, is possible. Oxwash is able to leverage high-tech processes along with economies of scale to wash clothes more efficiently than you can at home. They use low temperature washes and less detergent (although all eco-friendly) allowing them to reduce both CO2 and water usage footprints. They are also experts at removing stains, giving your clothes a new lease of life. The numbers speak for themselves: An 8kg wash with Oxwash saves 32 litres of water, and 1.4kg of CO2 emissions!
Not only is Oxwash leading the way in terms of laundry technology, but their efficient customer service truly makes them the hassle-free, sustainable, new way to wash.
Oxwash will collect your laundry, ironing and dry cleaning from your address, wash your items using their low impact washing facilities (the Oxwash lagoons), and return your items at a time that suits you. By making use of a fleet of electric cargo bikes at every stage, Oxwash are able to reduce their CO2 emissions even further!
At Re_considered we think it is vital that we continue to work with other companies that share our passion for sustainability. It was for this reason that we were so excited to hear about the incredible service that Oxwash provides, and to begin collaborating with them in the future.
Do you think that Oxwash is something you would be interested in using? Visit their website here and get £5 off your first order with Oxwash using the code "reconsidered5". In the mean time, here are 4 things you can do at home to get the most out of your clothes:
- Check your labels! Make sure that where you can you wash your clothes at the correct temperatures. This will help preserve the materials for as long as possible.
- Do a wardrobe swap with friends. Not only is this an environmentally friendly way to expand your wardrobe, its exciting!
- Do some upcycling yourself. Upcycling ensures you can enjoy your clothes’ materials for the entirety of their lifespans and can be a fun and creative hobby!
- No time to upcycle yourself? Get in touch with the Re_considered team using our upcycling service available on our website. We are always happy to chat and see if we can help!