Eco-friendly laundry tips from fashion designer Stella McCartney

Photo: By Mary McCartney via @hashtag_legend

Photo: By Mary McCartney via @hashtag_legend

Stella McCartney has long been an advocate for sustainable fashion, using eco-friendly materials and production methods when creating pieces for her luxury clothing label.

The British designer has previously called for an overhaul of the fashion industry, which she deems “incredibly wasteful”.

“I design clothes that are meant to last. I believe in creating pieces that are not going to get burnt, that are not going to landfills and that are not going to damage the environment,” McCartney says.

“For every piece in every collection, I am always asking what have we done to make this garment more sustainable and what else can we do. It is a constant effort to improve.”

Revealing she’s just like everyday folk when it comes to stretching out her laundry days, she recently shared this eco-friendly tip for washing clothes.

“The less you wash your clothes, the better,” McCartney says. “I was told that by the tailors on Savile Row when I worked there and it’s true, clothes last longer if you wash them less and care for them more. And less washing saves water and energy.”

McCartney takes a hard line when it comes to laundry, going on to reveal she rarely cleans her clothes.

“Basically, in life, rule of thumb: if you don’t absolutely have to clean anything, don’t clean it,” says McCartney.

“I wouldn’t change my bra every day and I don’t just chuck stuff into a washing machine because it’s been worn.”

McCartney also shares this advice on her website when it comes to dry cleaning:

“The best option is to look for an eco or green dry cleaners. The chemicals used by most dry cleaners can harm air quality, the health of employees, and your own wellbeing.

“To avoid dry cleaning altogether, remember that cashmere, cotton and most wools are easily hand-washed in the sink, or on a delicate cycle.”

If you’re looking for an eco-friendly dry cleaner and you live in Melbourne, check out Laundry Box.

Laundry Box avoid using any harsh chemicals, and their cleaning agents are biodegradable and environmentally friendly. They have three locations around Melbourne, including Port Melbourne, Elwood and Williamstown.

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