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Tips for more sustainability

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Simple tips for more sustainability in your wardrobe

More sustainability in everyday life: what can you do?

Small steps, big effects! More environmentally conscious shopping, minimising the number of online returns and paying attention to natural materials are the first steps towards a sustainable wardrobe. But it is not only our shop behaviour that you can make a big difference. Small changes in our behaviour pattern e.g. taking care of clothes and shoes, upcycling or repairs, also have a big positive effect.

To help you move forward to a more sustainable wardrobe, we wrote some simple tips together to help you make your own personal contribution to a greener world.

Sustainability in your wardrobe

Pay attention to quality

In a durable wardrobe one thing above all else is decisive: good quality! Poor quality fabrics and poor productions leads to washing out of colour, holes or deformations, which shortens the lifespan of individual fashion items. It is better to invest in durable and high-quality items, it is not only a benefit for the environment, but also for you! It saves you a lot of frustration and spendings for the wardrobe.

Prefer sustainable materials

You can also get more sustainability into your wardrobe by choosing sustainable materials. These are mainly natural materials such as linen, organic cotton or hemp but recycled fabrics and fair-trade dyeing methods also contribute to your sustainability rate.

Less energy and water are used to produce the biodegradable substances and they also score points for their airiness.

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Choosing basics

Did you know that we buy an average of 60 new garments per year? The problem is: We wear our new garments for a shorter. Sale-buying’s, worn out, not so modern anymore, sorted out – it does not sound very sustainable, right?

With a so-called capsule wardrobe, a minimalist wardrobe, you can counteract the trend. Combining new outfits is easy if you concentrate on the right Basics. Invest in classics that can be combined, in different ways and can be worn during the whole year: A well-fitting blue jeans, a white blouse and a classic blazer are all-rounders, that should be in your wardrobe.

Care about your clothing

The better you take care of your clothes, the longer they will last. You are thinking, "That does not make any differences, right?” Well, it does! You can extend the lifespan of your lovely sweater up to 9 months. This already reduces the harmful impact on the environment by 20-30%!

Care tips in 3 easy steps:

  1. Air out instead of washing: Your clothes will wear out with every wash, but sometimes a little fresh air will help against unpleasant odours.
  2. Follow the instructions on the care label, to preserve the quality, fit and colour of your garments for as long as possible.
  3. Hang up carefully: Use wooden or plastic hangers instead of wire hangers. Wire hangers take up less space, but they can cause holes.

Durability during shopping

Targeted online shopping

Everybody knows that feeling... You are in love with some new pants, but you are not sure which size you need. The logical step: You order everything in two sizes. So far everything is very comfortable. But the other way around, it also means that you always must return a parcel, which of course is not good for our CO2 emissions.
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Our tip: Use our FitFinder! Within a few steps you will be able to automatically display the correct size next to each of our products.

. Try out the FitFinder - it saves you the frustrations of a return and you also keep the environment clean!

Pay attention to a sustainable shipping

Not all boxes are the same! You can also act environmentally friendly, when you are choosing online stores which are indicating the shipping conditions in advance. In order to protect the environment, GERRY WEBER uses recycled paper (87%) for most of its delivery documents. We also use water-based printing inks that are ecologically degradable. Our cardboard packaging comes from sustainable forestry and is even FSC® certified.
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Bring your own bag

Not only online, but also in the stores a change in our consumer behaviour is noticeable. A few years ago, it was normal to get one plastic bag after for free. Nowadays there are charges for the ecologically harmful bags and sustainable alternatives are on the rise.

Whether if it is the good old fabric bag or the fashionable mesh bag: the environmentally friendly carrying options, fit into any handbag and make your shopping greener!

5 durable fashion hacks:

Attention to more sustainability means above all that you must reconsider your own way of dealing with "broken" things. Throwing away once-loved clothes at the slightest blemish does not just hurt the environment, it also hurts your wallet So, give your broken favourite items another chance!

The easiest S.O.S. tips at one glance:

1. First aid for stains

Blood stains, chocolate stains or coffee stains: Accidents happen, but how do you undo the damage? In case of blood stains, only a quick bath in cold (!) water and the subsequent cleaning according to the care label will help. For chocolate stains, these must be pre-treated. Rub a little detergent into the fabric with a toothbrush, let it soak in for five to ten minutes and then wash it out with cold (!) water. Then place the garment in the washing machine as usual.

Did you spill your coffee on your new blouse? We have the solution for that: Dab (do not rub) the stain with a piece of kitchen paper or a cloth. Then soak the stain in white vinegar and rinse a few times with cold water. Let the blouse run in the washing machine at a low temperature   and make a new coffee immediately.
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2. Clamping zippers

The zipper of your favourite jacket or pants sticks? Do not throw away the beloved piece! A Simple trick: colour the zipper with a pencil. The graphite in it releases the clamping zipper so, that your trousers and jacket can be opened and closed smoothly again.

3. Shoes that are too tight

At the store, they fit so well... ...but sometimes you find out at home the length does fit, but after a few minutes, the toes get pinched pretty bad. A simple trick helps to solve this dilemma: Walk in your shoes at home and do that with wet woollen socks! As soon as the socks are dry again, you only need to blow-dry them, and you have already reached the decisive millimetre mark for comfortable wearing.
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4. Removing chewing gums

One moment of not paying attention:  You stepped into some disgusting chewing gum, or accidentally sat on one with one of your favourite jeans. But do not panic, it can solved quickly: put the shoe or garment in a plastic bag and press the plastic bag against the chewing gum for a few seconds until it sticks.
Then put it in the freezer for an hour or two so that the chewing gum is finally frozen in the plastic bag. It can now easily be removed with a butter knife.

5. Cathing the lost cords

Hoodies are comfortable and always a good choice for casual outfits, but they do have a catch: the drawstring in the hood likes to disappear into the elastic and cannot be pulled out. But we have a solution for that: Pull the drawstring completely out of the hoodie, put it in the straw so you can push the straw through the hood. By the way, this Fashion Hack can also be used on sweatpants and is best done with straws of solid material such as metal or wood (which is more environmentally friendly).