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School: Kent State University
Department: Fashion
Course: Sustainability in Fashion
Professor: Noel Palomo-Lovinski
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: sustainability, Fashion, laundry, and homecare
Name: Homecare
Description: This is for sustainability in fashion notes
Uploaded: 12/04/2018
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background image Homecare Fact For some types of garments the biggest environmental gains come 
from tackling the impact of laundering (energy, water, end use) yet we 
have little influence and have the least amount of information on how 
to affect change
Laundry For many frequently washed garments the
energy needed to launder the garment is more
than the energy needed to make it.
Levi’s did an evaluation of the life-cycle of their
jeans. Revealed that for a single pair of jeans
60% of the CO2 emissions were attributed to
consumer care/washing and 80% attributed to
using the dryer
Men’s underwear is 80% Polyester blouse 6 times more than the original energy outlay Polyester Blouse If we washed a typical polyester blouse half as often, the overall 
energy consumption could be reduced by as much as 40% with similar 
savings in air pollution and production of solid waste.
Modifying Laundry Practices A good start and a noteworthy public relations activity would be to 
popularize washing in cold water and line drying.
This would have a huge impact on cotton and polyester products but 
would not be meaningful for low- wash items (jackets, types of 
furnishing etc) or for items that you already are encouraged to line dry 
(sweaters, extreme delicates)
For items that are already low impact laundering the largest efficiency 
gains are still in design and production
Washing and Drying Washing at a lower temperature reduces energy consumption by about
10% for every 10 degrees reduction in temperature
Eliminating tumble drying (which accounts for approximately 60% of 
the use-phase energy), ironing in combination with lower washing 
temp, has been calculated to reduce total energy consumption by 50%
If the environmental impact of cotton garments is measured in terms of
toxicity rather than energy use, then changing garment laundering 
brings about no improvement in terms of harm and un-sustainable 
practice
Cleaning Products Antimicrobial soaps counter the natural process of microbes breaking 
down sewage and waste.
Sewage systems have not been built to deal with the amount of harsh 
chemicals that are put in the water system
background image Homecare Recent studies have found endocrine disruptors, hormones and other 
harmful substances in water that affects the water system, soil and 
animals that live in either.
Concentrated detergents use fewer chemicals and less packaging. 
Must be careful though that consumers use detergents properly to 
make any type of improvement
If stringent regulations on biodegradability of detergents and whether 
they give rise to harmful breakdown products (which can affect water 
quality and waterborne organisms), were enforced approximately 80% 
of petrochemical surfactants (a key ingredient in detergents) would be 
banned
Line Drying Hang your bottoms from the top. o How you hang is a matter of personal preference, of course, but  clothespin lines on your shirt aren’t much of a fashion statement.
A good rule of thumb is if you wear it on top, hang it from the 
bottom. If you wear it on bottom, hang it from the top. That 
means shirts should be hung from the hemline, while jeans and 
skirts are hung by the waistband.
Shake it off. o Give your clothes a good shake before you hang them — this  helps remove big wrinkles and lint and loosens fibers a bit to 
help soften your fabric. Smoothing clothes as you hang them can
also help avoid wrinkles. Turn out your pockets to speed the 
drying process.
Throw some shade. o Sunlight is like natural bleach, so stick whites in the light to  brighten. To prevent fading, especially for dark-colored garments,
you’ll want to find a shady spot. Preferably not under a tree, 
because, bird poop. Gross.
Make it an inside job. o Line drying isn’t just for those blessed with green space. Invest in an indoor drying rack or two and you too can enjoy the benefits 
of line drying. Or get creative. Hanging clothes in a sunny and/or 
breezy spot inside will speed drying … and help you avoid 
smelling like a dank, musty basement.
Show your soft side. o Line drying sometimes gets a bad wrap because it can leave  clothes stiff and scratchy. Add a ½ cup of white vinegar to your 
wash to keep clothes soft and wearable.
3 pathways • Process Focus- improved efficiency and better control of the washing  process (public service laundry?)

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School: Kent State University
Department: Fashion
Course: Sustainability in Fashion
Professor: Noel Palomo-Lovinski
Term: Fall 2018
Tags: sustainability, Fashion, laundry, and homecare
Name: Homecare
Description: This is for sustainability in fashion notes
Uploaded: 12/04/2018
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