At Presca Teamwear our aim is to provide the most sustainable and environmentally-sound performance sportswear on the market. We constantly evaluate the fabrics that we use to ensure they meet the demanding requirements of technical sportswear while having a lesser (and where possible positive) impact on the environment. The vast majority of the fabrics that we use are from recycled materials and we look at every step of the supply chain to make better choices for the environment. Our customers can also minimise their impact by following our after-care advice.
At present, all of our technical garments are made from synthetic fabrics. Our fabric mills provide care instructions which dictate the maximum temperatures at which the fabrics should be washed. The majority of our garments have the same recommended washing instructions:
||Wash at 30 degrees|
|Do not bleach|
|Iron on delicates setting|
|Do not tumble try|
|Suitable for Dry Cleaning (the P tells the dry cleaners which chemical to use for their cleaning)|
A small number of our garments require specific washing treatment. For these garments you will need to follow specific care instructions listed.
Washing the ‘Presca Way…’
We’ve put together a few tips about how you can reduce the environmental impact of your laundry. Reducing energy and water use will also save you money too. Our top tips are below, but please go to our EcoWash blog post for lots more info and advice.
Wash your clothing inside-out to get your sportswear cleaner and increase the lifespan of your clothing. The most sustainable thing you can do with your sportswear is to buy less - so wash it well and make it last.
Turn down the heat – washing on a lower setting cuts your energy usage and costs dramatically.
Use eco-friendly washing detergents which use fewer harsh chemicals, are plant-based and better for the environment.
Add a bit of baking soda to clean, deodorise your garments and brighten up the colours.
Ditch the fabric conditioner – some fabric conditioners are not great for our clothes or the environment and may contain non renewable petroleum-based chemicals, which are not easily biodegradable.
Wash only full loads – less energy, less water and less friction means a better result for your clothes and the environment.
Wash at night (if you’re in the UK) - CO2 emissions for a unit of electricity can be as much as three times greater during the day in the UK, than at night so it is worth setting the wash to later – there is more information on why here
Rinse, don’t wash, your swimwear every time – a quick rinse is enough to remove the chlorine and prolong the life of your swimwear.
Turn off the tumble dryer - Energy appliances don’t come much hungrier than the tumble dryer. Air drying is much more eco-friendly but avoid direct sunlight which can damage elastane.
Wash when the wind blows! If the wind is blowing hard there’s a good chance that a lot of your energy will be coming from wind power, and it’s also probably going to be “a good drying day” so you won’t need that tumble dryer. Get washing when its windy …
Care for and repair your current washing machine. At end of life invest in an energy- and water-efficient washing machine.
Reduce microfibres - We could have written a whole blog about microfibres and we did on our sister site GRN Sportswear. We are carrying out research into this issue but there are also ways to reduce microfibre shedding during laundry. Our advice is to:
- Handwash (the abrasive action of clothes on clothes can snap the individual fibres in the yarn, which can be reduced by handwashing)
- Use a front load washing machine instead of a toploader, as top loading machines have been proven to increase microfibre shedding
- Don't tumble dry – more physical friction = more fibres shed
- Wash a full load, which reduces friction in the machine as well as reducing energy and water per garment washed.
- Use a Guppyfriend washing bag to capture fibres before they enter the water course.
Repair and Reuse – darn and donate to prolong the lifespan of an item of clothing. It’s the one thing we can all do to really reduce our impact. Buy well and make it last.