ECO VS TRADITIONAL LAUNDRY PRODUCTS
How traditional laundry products affect the environment.
It turns out that ethylene vinyl acetate, the compound that makes up the soles of shoes can last for 1,000 years in a landfill. If that isn’t an incentive to take better care of your wardrobe, we don’t know what is!
According to Energy Star, an average household completes 400 loads of washing a year. Approximately, 25% of a garment's carbon footprint comes from the way we wash and care for it, as overwashing usually ends up with faded clothes in more landfills! Whilst we need to wash our clothes, it is still important to lessen our impact on the environment. A couple of ways to do that whilst still keeping everything spick and span is to wait for a full load and use a more delicate washing cycle. This allows for less water consumption whilst limiting the number of micro-fibres that are released.
Normal household detergents contain many nasty chemicals that are actually quite vague, such as surfactants and phosphates that pollute water systems. If too much phosphate is released into freshwater, algae can't grow, depleting oxygen and starving fish. This further affects the ecosystem. Harsh chemicals that release carcinogenic and reproductive toxins also cause skin irritations. This is because they stay behind on your clothes, and when you sweat your body absorbs the residue of your detergent. This can cause further health issues down the line. It also massively reduces the lifespan of your clothes.
The benefits of eco laundry products
There are many benefits to choosing environmentally friendly laundry products. Unlike man-made ingredients, these ingredients are sourced from nature (e.g. coconut) and biodegrade, this means they dissolve in waterways. There is nothing that will accumulate and you won’t have anything to worry about. A bonus for the environment and for you. It is common knowledge that people have sensitive skin, but even bio laundry detergent will not help, this is why it is better to go for eco-laundry products that have skin-friendly ingredients.
Another benefit is they will usually be concentrated, this cuts down on packaging and allows for more use out of less product. This is exactly what The Lab Co. does. If you choose to buy more sustainable, eco-laundry products, you help to curve the demand for traditional, harmful products.
WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE THE LAB CO.?
Here at The Lab Co., we are big on sustainability, and it is easier than ever to join the movement!
Being sustainable may seem difficult when you are used to conventional laundry care products, however, with this change, your home and your skin will thank you in a myriad of ways. Our sustainable and ethical laundry care products can fit any of your needs. Take care of your wardrobe today with products ranging from Sleep Mist, Cashmere & Wool Wash or our Signature Laundry Wash, which you can find here.
Our laundry care products contain ingredients that are natural, plant-derived and biodegradable, we decided to take a step away from petroleum normally found in products in supermarkets - that way you can be kinder to your skin, and kinder to the planet. This means they are gentle on the environment whilst being cruelty-free.
With our recyclable packaging and vegan-friendly formula, we believe that The Lab Co. is the perfect place to start your eco-friendly journey.
“Better for the planet, better for you”
Our Signature Eco Laundry Wash, which includes eucalyptus is for everyday washing and can last up to 32 washes because of its highly concentrated formula. It’s multipurpose which means you can use it for anything from removing tough stains, brightening whites and preserving colours. Our laundry detergents also help to eliminate the need for dry cleaning. We recommend using this detergent with our Signature Fabric Mist to keep your clothes fresh between washes.
“Safe for your wardrobe, your family and your world” ~ The Lab Co.
One way to reduce the use of the washing machine is to use our spot stain remover, a non-toxic and highly concentrated formula that draws the marks to the surface, whilst protecting the fabric at the same time.
SPECIALIST LAUNDRY DETERGENTS THAT CARE FOR ALL TYPES OF FABRICS
We have specialist wash solutions for every need including denim, delicates and sports. They are much less abrasive than standard detergents or fabric softeners. Each wash or mist blend has been specially formulated for the type of fabric, making sure to balance the cleaning and conditioning agents. One example is the Denim Laundry Wash, its formulation of bergamot and calming Mandarin protects the cotton fibres of your denim, whilst keeping the colour intact.
Do you want something like a fabric softener, but planet-friendly? Here at The Lab Co. we decided to make our Signature Fabric Conditioner, it works perfectly with your laundry washes to keep your fabrics soft and smooth. If you are thinking of getting an eco laundry wash and mist, our laundry care kits include both.
ECO-FRIENDLY TIPS FOR 2021
- Use water at 30C and under
- Pair an eco-friendly laundry detergent with a conditioner and mist to prolong the lifetime of your fabrics
- Use a washing bag
- Wait for a full load
- Remove spot stains
- Shorter, more delicate wash cycles
To sum up, toxic chemicals are bad for you, your skin and the environment and the only viable way to look out for the planet is by using green alternatives such as our signature eco laundry wash. We can be better together.
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