- Before buying any new clothes, think twice whether they really look good on you and whether they can mix and match well with your clothing?
- Damaged clothing can be repaired, and good, older clothing can be altered for updated fit.
- Save electricity and ironing time, consider buying wash and wear garments if appropriate.
- Buy less paper towels and use less of them in public places. Use handkerchiefs/cloth towels more often.
Laundry – washing
- Washing machines consumes water and electricity. Wash only when you have a full load and use room temperature water. A quick laundry programme would also save water.
- Choose a phosphate-free and biodegradable laundry detergent.
- Many garments are labelled for dry-clean only. Most of them can be hand-washed as well, especially silk, wool and linen items.
Laundry – drying and ironing
- Conserve energy (use less electricity): air-dry laundry when weather permitting.
- Iron a large amount of clothing at a time will avoid frequent reheating of the iron.
- Iron clothes in sequence of descending level of heat requirement. Iron clothes that require high heat first and then lower heat level accordingly for clothes that require a less hot iron.
- Buy dryer, cloth steamer and washing machine with grade-1 energy saving label.
- Donate unwanted clothing to charities.
- Cut unsalvageable clothing into small pieces for use as rags.
- Consider using reusable diapers for babies.