One action we can take towards a sustainable future is to care for our products, extending their lifespan and reducing waste. By collectively choosing to care for what we have, we can make a significant difference.
In addition to the product-specific wash instructions found on the care label or packaging, we would like to provide some additional advice on how to care for your products, to make them last longer while being kinder to the environment.
- Skip fabric softener – ideally, always, but especially for sportswear, as softener encapsulates the fibers and ruins the fabric's ability to transport moisture.
- Lower the temperature – the temperature shown on the care label is the highest recommended temperature to wash the garment at, which means you can wash it at a lower temperature and still get it clean with the help of great detergents available these days!
- Use a microfiber bag or filter – synthetic materials can release microplastics during washing, which can enter our waters through our washing machines. You can help minimize the emission of these by washing less often or by using a microfiber bag or filter.
- Turn your clothes inside out before washing – this way, you can protect the outer surface from tearing in the washing machine drum.
- Close zippers, Velcro, and buckles – before washing.
- Avoid tumble drying – this wears out garments and makes synthetic materials static. Instead, air or line dry.
- Fill up the machine – this reduces wear on garments and requires fewer rounds for the machine overall.
- Use a more sustainable detergent and don't use too much.
- Don't forget that wool, silk, and other protein-based fibers are delicate and sensitive to normal washing detergents, so make sure to use a mild or neutral detergent to make the products last longer.
- Only wash when needed!
- Always let the mat air dry, either in the studio or at home.
- Clean your yoga mat after every session with a damp cloth and let air dry before rolling it up. Make sure to use cold water.
- If using cleaning spray, make sure it is intended for yoga mats and suitable for the type of mat you have. If your mat is made from natural rubber, you should usually avoid essential oils.
- Store the mat flat or rolled up (with the top side out) at room temperature.
- Keep away from the sun, especially important if your mat contains natural rubber, as that makes the rubber dry out quicker.
- Cleanse – if needed, every now and then, either using a cleaning agent intended for yoga mats suitable for the type of mat you have or mild natural water-based soap and cold water. Don’t apply the cleaning agent or soap directly to the mat. Apply evenly across the mat with a sponge, wipe off with a clean damp sponge or towel, and let air dry flat. Yoga Mat Grip&Cushion III 5mm is absorbing moisture, so be extra gentle with the amount of water used, try to use as little as possible.
- Don’t machine wash your mat.
- Use a towel on top of the mat for heavy perspiration, such as when practicing hot yoga.
- Don’t use shoes on your mat.