A Harmful Wear and Tear
Every time you wash a garment you tear it, meaning it’s now one step closer to not being wearable or appealing anymore. Every load of wash uses on average 19 gallons (72 liters) of water per load. Every load means energy being wasted and laundry detergent released into our water system. Not to mention microplastics from textiles such as polyester, as studies show that as many as 700,000 microplastics can be released from a single load of laundry. up to 40 % of these
then pass through the treatment facilities and end up in our lakes and oceans, where they’ll be eaten by marine wildlife and then become part of our food chain and enter our water supplies.
If you choose to tumble dry, then there’s even more energy wasted and more microplastics released, and more tear on your clothes.
A Toxic Consumer Waste
The United States Environmental Protection Agency
reports that 16.9 million tons of textile waste was generated in the United States alone in 2017. Their estimate is that only 15.2 % of this was recycled, resulting in 11.2 million tons of textile waste ending up in landfills. Once they end up in a landfill, it can take 200+ years for the materials to decompose. Also, during the decomposition process textiles generate greenhouse methane gas and leach dyes and toxic chemicals into the soil and groundwater.
Many garments are thrown away for no reason other than the owner being tired of them. Many others because they have lost their shape, color or the appearance they once had. In many cases this was caused by ignorance, as they were washed too often and the wrong way, or without the right tools and knowledge. This is what we at Steamery aim to change.