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A recent article suggests that garment rental isn't all that sustainable. Not surprisingly, the most sustainable garment is the one that is not produced at all or, on the flip side, the garment that is used for an extended amount of time, reducing the need for a new replacement garment. When renting clothing, customers don't want clothing that looks used or ...


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Use a fine-mesh bag when washing your sportswear The first goal of sustainability is to reuse goods for as long as possible. Microplastics are a real concern, but we don't need to throw our synthetic textiles into the trash. Instead, make sure to put your synthetics in a fine-mesh bag (like the Guppyfriend*) when doing your washing. This will trap at least ...


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What you should consider when trying to refresh the waterrepellency of your garment is how the garment is constructed / was waterproofed originally and which materials were used. There are different types of waterproof garments: modern outdoor clothing: Their ability to repel water comes from both a membrane system and a external waterproofing. The membrane ...


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A couple of further suggestions, that don't involve buying new products (though a similar bag could be made from an old pillowcase): Use a gentle wash cycle, to reduce the agitation that releases microplastics. I've seen conflicting advice on the effects of soaking and whether we should prefer a cycle that uses a lot of water or a little. Save the ...


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The sustainability of synthetic fibers cannot be reduced to microplastic shedding. In general, polyester (and other synthetic fibers) use much less water during production, no pesticides and have other environmentally positive aspects like their recyclability (at least to some extent) as well as longer life cycles. So while swapping polyester sports clothing ...


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You are correct that it does seem difficult to find information on this topic, but I found a couple resources which may be of use. From "Textile waste resource recovery: A case study of New York State’s textile recycling system" (emphasis added): When looking at the relative biodegradability of non-durable goods in landfills, there are three ...


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