Conscientious home economics: clothing


Thoughtful shopping

  • 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.

Other considerations

  • Donate unwanted clothing to charities.
  • Cut unsalvageable clothing into small pieces for use as rags.
  • Consider using reusable diapers for babies.